Ruffled Feathers

“Don’t ever ruffle feathers you can’t straighten.” — Unknown “The first problem I had with conducting was coming out on stage and turning my back on the audience. It was an utterly foreign sensation. I always felt as if my rear end were hanging out. That particular portion of my anatomy suddenly seemed enormous, living … More Ruffled Feathers

The season begins

“I pray this winter be gentle and kind— a season of rest from the wheel of the mind.” — John Geddes “December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…” — John Geddes *   *   * And the season begins ~ Cardinal’s scarlet feathers add burst of beauty to snowy … More The season begins

Pride

“Spend less time with nightingales and peacocks. One is all talk, the other only color.” — Rumi “The proud peacock of today may be only a feather duster tomorrow.” — Rick Barnes *   *   * Proud as a Peacock — Photo at Flamingo Gardens, Davie, Fla., by Ellen Franks © 2019

Taking a bath

“You can’t shower happiness on others without getting a few drops back on yourself.” — Israelmore Avivor “Taking a shower is awesome, it makes you feel nice and clean, makes you sound like a great singer, and helps you make all of life’s decisions.”  — Anonymous     *   *   * Wet Feathers — Photo … More Taking a bath

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.