Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wildWilliam Butler Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.
Every great story seems to begin with a snakeNicholas Cage
Stay on the right path, even if you have to walk alone.Unknown
And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.John Muir
Few humans see fairies or hear their music, but many find fairy rings of dark grass, scattered with toadstools, left by their dancing feet.July Allen, Fantasy Encyclopedia
You’ve changed. You’re daring. You’re different in the woods.The Baker’s Wife, Into the Woods
Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Animals, a challenge I can do from my very own backyard. Sometimes these creatures are just as entertaining and endearing to watch as the ones at the zoo. I could probably say the same about some of my neighbours.
In April and May, I shared a few of my critters: pretty dragonflies, a pretty territorial carpenter bee, lovebirds Mr & Mrs Cardinal, and the crew at Easter Brunch. Of course, there’s also the gang of squirrels who have terrorized my neighbourhood for years!
Earlier this year, I shared space with a confident bunny…
…who decided my lilac tree provided the best shade for an afternoon nap!
Every time I saw my bunny, I’d start singing Veggie Tales “Bunny Song” from the DVD, Rack, Shack & Benny! It’s a fun song, but also an ear worm! And here it goes again…
“Why is it that I can remember a cigarette ad jingle from 30 years ago, but I can’t remember what I just got up to do?”– Dad, Calvin and Hobbes
A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.Rachel Carson
I love better to count time from spring to spring; it seems to me far more cheerful to reckon the year by blossoms than by blight.Donald G. Mitchell
The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.Auguste Rodin
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.Anais Nin
Mr. & Mrs. C live in my neighbourhood. I see them on a regular basis and I love it!
The other day, I caught an interesting exchange between this couple.
While Mr. C was walking in the garden, Mrs. C was glaring at him. She looked pretty cranky and I wondered if maybe he had said or done something stupid. Or maybe it was just too much togetherness, being in lockdown in such close quarters.
Mr. C joined her in the tree, and I thought “wow”, what a great opportunity to see them together. Cardinals generally mate for life, and they watch out for each other when they’re away from home, taking turns to eat and never staying in one place too long.
Male Cardinals will often bring the female things to help build their nest but she will do the actual building. Males also provide her with food when she is sitting on the nest.
It wasn’t until I looked at my photos up close that I noticed that Mr. C had indeed brought Mrs. C a gift.
Hopefully this token of his love helped restore harmony in their home. I’m looking forward to seeing if any little ones will soon follow!
It’s not how big the house is, it’s how happy the home is!Unknown
Birds, the topic of Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, are something I have photographed a lot over the years. And all kinds of birds too – Early Birds, Really Early Birds, Cardinals, Ducklings, even recently, a Hawk and an Osprey. But when I saw this was the challenge, 2 cheeky moochers immediately popped into my mind.
Could you resist those faces?