Northern Cardinals (male and female) are a welcome sight on a snowy day. Certainly one of the most popular birds, Northern Cardinals are the state bird of seven states. Now there’s a trivia question for you – do you know what your state bird is?
My sharp-eyed assistant Bonnie spotted this Bald Eagle at Croton Point Park today. The bird is scanning the icy Hudson River looking for fish.
Marking the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most important bird-protection law ever passed, nature lovers are celebrating the “Year of the Bird” this year, with an effort to rally people to work toward a healthier planet filled with the beauty of birds.
Our good friend Denny sent a bulb to us for Christmas. It came with a card promising a “breathtaking bouquet of blooms” within 4 to 8 weeks. That was about a month ago.
The stem grew at an amazing clip. It seemed like we could almost watch it grow, if we were to watch closely enough. And two or three days ago three flowers opened up, bringing a lot of beauty and a little warmth to an otherwise cold day. Thank you Denny.
It’s nice to return to black-and-white photography on occasion. I hope to do more.
“Sometimes I get nature to pray when I don’t have the words – I let a rushing river say my prayer. I let the mountain wind be my whisper. I let the chirping birds be my song. A day in nature is never wasted.” – Jared Brock from his book A Year of Living Prayerfully
“It’s raining birds!” wrote a particularly enthusiastic birder after recently spending a day in Central Park. Dave Taft of the New York Times described the birds as “colorful, frenetic migrants” and “tiny bundles of nerves, flitting through treetops in near perpetual motion, their gorgeous colors a blessing for the eyes.”Photographed this May at Rockefeller State Park, an American Redstart and a Yellow Warbler.
After constructing her nest, this robin patiently sat and warmed her four, blue eggs for two weeks, rarely leaving her nest. This photo is for my Mom who personifies patience as well as all of the other virtues that mothers need most.
“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver
A belligerent Blue Jay made it quite clear that a Red-tailed Hawk was not welcome company at Rockefeller State Park. It made four or five “sneak attacks” before the annoyed hawk finally flew away.
Count me among the many with a great admiration for Pope Francis. His recent Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of Love” provides plenty of reflections on life in the family. A couple of excerpts include the following: “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.”
“I thank God that many families, which are far from considering themselves perfect, live in love, fulfill their calling and keep moving forward, even if they fall many times along the way.”
The ends of the earth stand in awe at the sight of your wonders. – Psalm 65
The 2010 Windland Smith Rice “Zoos and Aquariums” Category Winner was captured at the Bronx Zoo when a Western Lowland Gorilla became intrigued by a fearless Mallard duckling. It was displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in 2011.
All photos © Tom Warren… With gratitude.