Category Archives: birds

A Little Intervention

I am enjoying the company of several pairs of mocking birds this year.  Their repertoire of bird songs is incredible.  They are masters of mimicry and their morning serenade includes familiar and exotic selections that make the woods seem like … Continue reading

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Bees and Spiders and Snakes, Oh My.

“Develop a boundless ethic which includes all living things.” I had just finished finished typing this paraphrase of Albert Schweitzer’s advice when a small warbler hit the sliding glass door beside my desk.  I ran out to scoop her up … Continue reading

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Asphalt Seagull

From the mountains, across the Piedmont and Tidewater and onto the beach is a trip of about four hours from the New River Valley.  How odd that a bird with no interest in playing in the snow would make the … Continue reading

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A Calm Before the Storm Day

Yesterday was a mild, sunny “calm before the storm” day to be savored. With an Arctic blast of winter weather predicted to arrive on Wednesday I spent most of my time Sunday outside joining other creatures who were excitedly enjoying … Continue reading

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A Gathering of Artists

I enjoyed the company of some very talented quilters this week who had  assembled for several days of camaraderie, creativity and inspiration.  Their quilter’s retreat at nearby Claytor Lake is an annual event and I was treated to lunch and … Continue reading

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Brushstroke Memories

We all have boxes full of photographs in a drawer, a desk or a closet. Images that remind us of people and places and events that touched our lives or those of the people from our past who snapped the … Continue reading

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Time is a Human Construct

Nature accomplishes all things according to seasons, rhythms and tides.  Cycles that cause the Goldfinch to molt his drab olive feathers for the bright yellow plumage of Spring, the butterfly to emerge from her chrysalis and the buds of the … Continue reading

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