Eye-catching Delight

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” — Marcus Aurelius “Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty.” — Richard Feynman *   *   * Unofficially known as the national bird of Kenya, the colorful Lilac Breasted Roller inhabits much of eastern and southern Africa and is often found … More Eye-catching Delight

Bonding

“Attachment to a baby is a long-term process, not a single, magical moment. The opportunity for bonding at birth may be compared to falling in love—staying in love takes longer and demands more work.” — T. Berry Brazelton *   *   * Baboon family met along the roadside in Tanzania. Watercolor painting by Mary … More Bonding

“Like humans, baboons

seem to rely on friendly relationships to help them cope with stressful situations.” — Anne Engh Today’s Factoid: Ninety-one percent of baboons and humans DNA is the same.     * * * Baboon framily in Serengeti, Tanzania, Africa. Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2010

“How far you go in life

depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” — George Washington Carver * * * Mother and child, Tanzania, Africa, photo by Mary O’Connor © 2013

Observe her powers of purpose, intuition and grace

Readers of Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro may see the leopard as portraying grace, strength, courage and dignity, as an animal that pounces with purpose, lightening speed and accuracy. Capturing this archetypal hunter’s beauty through the lens of a camera is a quest in its own right. Known to hunt during the dark edges of … More Observe her powers of purpose, intuition and grace

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.

Taste entertains our tongues, satisfies our bellies, stirs our minds.

“Because they’re connected, taste and smell evoke joy in a way that your other senses can’t…If you want to experience joy, stop, slow down, and begin to pay attention to what you taste and smell when you’re making breakfast, when you’re in a restaurant, when you’re having wine, when you’re outside and it’s the beginning … More Taste entertains our tongues, satisfies our bellies, stirs our minds.