April in Central Park

HouseSparrow_wordpressForsythia, in bloom in Central Park, provides a colorful perch for a House Sparrow, who seems more than happy to pose for a portrait. Possibly the most common bird in the park, the chatty House Sparrow doesn’t seem to mind being close to people.

Singing Our Song

BlueWingedWarbler_wordpress“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

Spring Migration Jubilation

“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.”Redstart_wordpresswarbler2_wordpressPhotographed this May at Rockefeller State Park, an American Redstart and a Yellow Warbler.

Four Mouths to Feed


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

Blue and Bold


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.

Moving Forward


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.”


A Time for Quiet

The ends of the earth stand in awe at the sight of your wonders. – Psalm 65

010203040506070910111213sheep 15The 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.