Floating With the Tide

HudsonRiver_wordpressThe Hudson River, in Dobbs Ferry, NY., during low tide last night.

“Everything that we may think of as important, everything that agitates and stirs us, makes us feel shame or evokes longing, is of no concern to birds. They care nothing for our turbulent histories, the dramas in our governments, the reversals in our economies or the shocks in the lives of our famous actors.” – from The School of Life – a part of a series on living more philosophically during the coronavirus pandemic.


Northbound Birds




Three of the beautiful warblers seen heading north this spring included the Canada, Common Yellowthroat and Bay-breasted warblers. I wonder who else will be lucky enough to witness these amazing birds as they make their way to their breeding grounds.

“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be. ” – Sonia Ricotti

Let’s Party!


A male Baltimore Oriole shared an Eastern redbud tree with its mate (below) at Croton Point State Park earlier today.


The Eastern redbud, a North American native tree, can be seen growing all over the eastern United States.


This vivid Indigo Bunting was photographed at Harriman State Park earlier this week.

“Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!'” – Robin Williams

“Stop and Look” Says the Bluebird


Eastern Bluebird, Rockefeller State Park, Pocantico, New York


Yellow Warbler, Halsey Pond, Irvington, New York


Black and White Warbler, Hillside Woods, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

“I’m filled with awe and reverence when I look at the natural world. And it’s not a first flush of wonder that fades after I learn more facts. Everything, everything becomes more astounding the more we look at it. Everything.” – Kenn Kaufmann from his book A Season on the Wind – Inside the World of Spring Migration.

Morning’s Light


A Hooded Warbler was looking fancy in Tuxedo, New York’s Sterling Forest State Park yesterday.


The winged seeds of a red maple tree are bright red while sugar maple seeds are green.


“Every day the world is teaching me what I need to know to be in the world. In the stir of too much motion: Hold Still. Be quiet. Listen.”  –  Margaret Renkl – observing nature in her book Late Migrations

Hiding in Plain Sight


After I learned that there was a Great Egret seen not far from our home, I stopped by the small pond that was mentioned and there it was – a beautiful and unusual bird for our area.


After photographing a cooperative chipmunk, I saw an eastern gray squirrel, in hiding and making noises that made me aware that there might be a raptor close by.


I then turned around to see this Barred Owl. Two special birds in one day!

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine De Saint

Brand New Day


As the morning fog lifted, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet appeared on a Japanese Maple this morning at Halsey Pond.


The morning sunshine was most welcome, especially after such a rainy day yesterday.


No matter what yesterday was like, you can always count on birds to start a new day with a song.

Earth Day




A Common Grackle, a Green Heron and a Killdeer were photographed near our home in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

“May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.” – Apache blessing