Showing off

  “Confidence is what makes you beautiful, not showing off.” — Author unknown Affectionately known as “Hoodies,” Hooded Merganser males show off their striking crests, black with large white patches on either side, during late December-early January mating season. Females display crests, too, though less showy—a light reddish-brown crest extending from the back of the … More Showing off

Pay attention

“Pay attention to the intricate patterns of your existence that you take for granted.” ― Doug Dillon *   *   * Patterns of the marsh ― Photo of female Red-winged blackbird by Jan Logozzo © 2017  

All lined up

“I want to say everything happens for a reason but every day is lined up right next to the other one for a reason. The best you can do is do each day well with kindness and as a good person.” — Mayim Bialik “I think sometimes we’re meant to do something but things aren’t … More All lined up

Distinction

“Why settle for average when amazing is attainable?” — Author unknown *   *   * Red-winged blackbird photo by Mary O’Connor © 2016

A bird is three things: Feathers, flight and song, and feathers are the least of these. – Marjorie Allen Seiffert

And yet it was the watercolored feathers of this Lilac Breasted Roller, perched on a post in the grasses of Tanzania, that above all, beyond its clear call and acrobatic flight, captured my heart. * * * Lilac breasted roller, Tanzania. Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2010.