Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bird Break

Find some quiet, private time.  Allow yourself to slow down and relax.  Find nature, meditate, or do nothing.  Take a mental break.  You'll gain the benefits of a quiet mind.
Tom Giaquinto

Sometimes you just need to breathe and be in the moment.
Bird watching does that for me.
And it's the only time I use my Canon which has a fantastic zoom.
Unfortunately, I never remember to look at or even post all the pictures I take.  I enjoy the moment and then go about my business and the pictures are forgotten.
I haven't posted since Friday (due to the fact that I'm packing and organizing for our trip to the States), so thought this would be an excellent opportunity to take a little break and share some of those photos with you.  That way you can do a little armchair birdwatching.
 Mynas (below) are sometimes considered pests but I love listening to their amazing birdsong.  They have quite the repertoire which gives them the amazing ability to mimic language and sounds.



 This past week our temperature soared to about 125 degrees.  My poor scented geranium bit the dust some time back, but this little dove on the left didn't mind as it made the perfect perch.  Common purslane is growing freely in the same pot and makes a nice snack for the birds.
It's close to midnight here so time for me to call it a night.
Hope you find some time for you own mental break today.
Best wishes,

38 comments:

Createology said...

Very nice bird break. I love to watch the birds we have here and listen to their songs and chatter. My Grandma actually raised Mynah birds and of course my mother had one in a cage. I hated having to feed, water and clean the cage because the bird always bit me...my fear showed. Safe Travels Dear...

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Your birds are lovely and isn't it handy having a zoom lens.
Hope you are enjoying the week
hugs
Carolyn

Teresa Kasner said...

I hope you keep water out for those thirsty little birds. We made it to Corning, California and are settled in a hotel for the night. 4 hours to Lake Tahoe tomorrow! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for sharing your break, Tammy! I loved my armchair view of your sweet photos. This post reminds me of the verse, "Be still and know that I am God." Ps. 46:10. My thinking can be very agitated and unruly! I need to stop, and refocus! Wishing you orderly packing and a safe joyful journey as you head to and from the US. :)

Pradeepa said...

Lovely bird photos. Enjoy your trip!

podso said...

How completely true, and so nice to see your photos. Here in the west, or at least where I live, it's hard to slow down and just enjoy quiet, but how important to do so. I hope you have a wonderful trip home this summer.

September Violets said...

Today's quote was perfect, and I did just that on our recent camping trip :) Love your little bird shots, even the ordinary sparrows have a sweetness about them. I remember seeing myna birds in pet stores here when I was young. I would stand in front of their cage and just listen to their crazy singing. A shame that they're considered a pest. I had about 11 goldfinches eating from my feeders before I left for camping, but now I've only seen a couple. I think the resident hawk has been trolling for snacks in my yard. I know you've left for the States now, but I do hope you have safe travels and enjoy your time 'back home'. Hugs,
Wendy

Linda said...

I love bird watching. It's one of my favorite things to do.
Hope your trip goes well - lots of fun and relaxation (and cooler temps!) It's like fall here many day this summer - crazy weather. I read that Alaska is having its hottest summer and yet here in Illinois, it's only in the 60s this morning. We're off for Colorado early Saturday morning.

Kind regards,
Linda

Laurie said...

Sweet birds! Hope you have a safe trip and a great time in CO.

Ana said...

Oh Tammy, these are beautiful pictures. So glad you decided to share. Wishing you a safe trip.

Hugs,
❤️Ana

Claudia said...

I feel the same way about bird watching. It makes me very happy! Love your photos, Tammy.

xo
Claudia

Helen Philipps said...

Wonderful bird pictures, Tammy. It does sound so hot and dry there! Good luck with your packing for the States.....how exciting to be going on your trip so soon!
Helen xox

Diane said...

I love your bird pictures, Tammy. Nature is so healing and calming. (((hugs)))Diane

Wanda said...

Tammy your birds are just outstanding... You really are one with that camera, and need to share more with us. I do love birds and have my coffee on the balcony and love to listen to the singing of the birds. I don't have a very good camera so can't get those extraordinary shote. More please....

Kim Andersen said...

Sweet birds. Aren't you glad you hadn't uprooted the geranium - AND allowed the purslane to continue? A haven in that heat is your porch ...

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Oh what a lovely post about our feathered friends and how could anyone call such a beautiful and talented bird call a pest?
Wishing you all a wonderful summer break and safe travels.
Hugs and blessings,
Mariette

Lorrie said...

It's so true that nature calms and restores. I'm trying to take the moments where I can. Photography helps. Your bird photos are lovely. I can't imagine 125 degree heat. I hope your packing goes well.

Mini said...

Lovely birds. Enjoy your trip Tammy.

kathyinozarks said...

beautiful photos Tammy-I love them, and thanks for sharing with us. Enjoy your trip to the states! Kathy

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

beautiful pictures. Wow 125° it's definitely hot

Susan said...

Great bird photos, Tammy. Just like looking at a National Geographic Magazine! Loved them. Susan

Dagmar said...

Wonderful that you find time for yourself. Great photos of the birds.:)
Xo
Dagmar

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Such a beautiful post! The birds are so beautiful!

countrykitchenkat said...

Wonderful photos! I so agree with you opening statement!

Phyllis Brandon said...

I've been a bird watcher since I was a little girl and still love watching and observing them. They are beautiful creatures and work so hard for their survival.

I love the pictures - thanks so much for sharing!

handmade by amalia said...

A quiet mind - something worth aspiring for. Lovely photos.
Amalia
xo

Jen Kershner said...

Those are spectacular pictures of beautiful birds! It's always good to hit the pause button.

Janice said...

Lovely bird photos...I really enjoyed them!

Melanie said...

I'm taking a mental (and physical) break right now by reading blogs. Then I'm back to housework. It's too hot outside today to be doing anything out there. Certainly not as hot as what you mentioned though - "only" in the 90's here (with heat index up to 109). I can't even fathom 125. Does the death toll climb when the temps are like that? Your bird photos are gorgeous. Enjoy your time back here in the States!

Mereknits said...

I wish you a wonderful, wonderful trip to the States. You will be so much more relaxed this year knowing when you return you do not have to go back to work.

Enjoy your time away Tammy.
Meredith

Kit said...

Great pics! I just love birds. 125 degrees? Yikes! I hope it is alot cooler here in the states when you get here. Safe travels! Kit

handmade by amalia said...

Great photos! I wonder if birds ever have a headache and refuse to sing.
Amalia
xo

Liz D said...

I love seeing your birds, Tammy. 125! It s ''only'' 88* here and we re getting ''heat alert'' warnings. I can imagine the heat you experience there. Time to stay in, crochet?
Hope you have fun---and cool weather, when you visit the Staes.

lizzy

Cheryl said...

You have a very good eye for taking photos missy.... you make it look effortless yet, I am sure if I were to try it, all you would see is a blob next to a plant lol
big hugs,
Cheryl

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I find great joy in bird watching too. Great photos! 125 degrees- that is hot! Not sure I'd know how to endure temps like that :)

Linda said...

Hi Tammy, warm greetings from Montreal, Canada! Thank you so much for this beautiful post, the birds are gorgeous, and I love nature! I find it to be very therapeutic and soothing.

She loves to crochet said...

Your photos are fantastic, I hope you have a good trip. Hx

Marie C said...

Wonderful bird captures! Wow...you guys get the HEAT! I thought it was bad where I live!

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