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Hi my name is Nora and Welcome to my blog world. This is a nature and birding photo blog about Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I am trying to be a birder and I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.

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Friday, February 01, 2013

Changing

 
 

 The Mute Swan                 So Beautiful to Me

She is so beautiful but she is not wanted now.  She was introduced here.  She wants to belong to us but never will. We all need to belong on this earth.

                                 Sunset Swan Sleeping


 I stood on the dark rocks at sunset and watched her in the last rays of the sun as she prepared for the coming sleep.  She could rest her head on her body like a soft pillow. What would that be like as you float on a water bed.
 "I am beautiful no matter what they say.... about my huge feet"
 

It is all in the way you look at it.
 
 

There is beauty everywhere.
 
                    


He looks so hopeful, look at his eyes.  And he is smiling at me.  Pintail duck below is happy. Can ducks make you believe in happiness.
 

                                                   Hopeful


There is pattern, design and beauty everywhere in nature.  The natural world gives this to us freely.
Sometimes my world is upside down.
 

Tiny Humming Bird

I am tiny but I am perfect. And look at my perfect feet.

The sky was blue for a moment......and feathers fluttered in the wind.


Blue...is a color and a state of mind.  Are you blue today.
 

Blue

 

                                                   The Forest

Sometimes I feel so small in the forest, I feel too small to have so much power to destroy all this and too small to save it all by myself.
The sky is so big here and the waves will sooth you.

My World Sideways



 
 
 

500 Years of Life Ends

 
 
 

The circle of life


I hope you enjoyed the little cards I made for my bloggers today. I am changing my blog, I am just creating something here but not sure what it is yet....always a little messy at the start...it will evolve and get better.  These photos were all taken in the last few weeks of January.  My husband had a new hip put in so my time on the computer is limited. I will try to visit your blogs. 



I may not enter all these memes but this is the only way I can still join in.Thanks so much to the meme hosts who put on each of the following amazing memes for bloggers to join in and share their work.

I want to list all these memes for this part of the week so others can join them and I can pick a few to link up to.


This or That Thursday
Sky Watch Friday
Camera Critters
Weekend Reflections
Best Post of the Week
Weekly Top Shot
Simple As That
Show off Your Shot
Your Sunday Best
Mellow Yellow
Miscellaneous Monday
Blue Monday




 


edit note:   I list all the memes for the week now as I can only spend a short time on the computer.  To continue reading posts you must click older post below or see the index at the top or the side or pick a popular post or label from the sidebar.








49 comments:

colleen said...

Love the water bird shots and the sky looks like there was a cloud explosion! http://looseleafnotes.com

Sylvia K said...

Awesome, happy captures, Nora!! I do love all the birds and critters and they do seem to be enjoying their surroundings and themselves!! Hope all of you have a lovely, happy weekend!

Joyful said...

Beautiful post and fantastic photos. Take care and rest a bit while you look after your husband. x

Valerie said...

Those captures of the mute swan especially are exquisite! The others are gorgeous too - thanks for sharing your special part of the world with us. Hoping your husband's recuperation goes well

The Write Girl said...

Amazing, beautiful shots of these gorgeous animals. I love the swan. You've captured her in such a vulnerable and delicate place. I wonder what she's contemplating. Stunning!

Lori Skoog said...

You are one amazing photographer! This entire series of shots is SPECTACULAR!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks so much for coming here Colleen. I really enjoyed visiting your blog, it is a pretty great blog.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Cheers Sylvia. thanks for the visit and the joke on your site is a good one.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hi Joyful, I hope your knee is better soon...I know a bit about knees, you can email me. cheers.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hi there Australia Valeria. Your blog has some great photos of Australia, makes me want to go there for some sun. cheers.

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow - so many spectacular and utterly gorgeous shots! The lighting in the swan shots is magical.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hi little Write Girl, you have some enchanting poems and photos from New York at your place. Keep writing, you have a gift. cheers.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Wow, Lori came to my blog. Lori of the Skoog Farm Journal!! By reading her blog you get to live through her writings, life on a small farm in western New York area. Her site is pleasant and comforting, she is like the Mom blogger. I really like it.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Ladyfi is up early this morning in Sweden taking photos of all the sparkling snow they have there..her blog is like no other blog, it is just right up there on top of all the other blogs filled with masses of artistic photos to feast your eyes upon.

'Tsuki said...

Your swan pictures are amazing ; I like also very much the words you've chosen to describe her... All of your pictures are nice, but I find your harbour's reflection very funny : in that sens of reading the image become a composition... Well done !

Roy Norris said...

Lovely images Nora. I guess they exist where they like. "Free as a bird"

Catherine said...

lovely close ups and a wonderful sequence - love those turned around masts and reflections...

KaHolly said...

Delightful post today!! Hope your hubby recuperates quickly!!

MTWaggin said...

I absolutely ADORE this post! The photos, the writing all of it. Thank you.

Susan said...

Wow...what beautiful creatures! Love your work. Sorry about your husband.

Jidhu Jose said...

beautiful pics

Fly on green leaf

Rambling Woods said...

Hello Nora..I hope that hubby is doing well as that is a big surgery. This is a beautiful cheery post...hugs..Michelle

EG CameraGirl said...

Mute swans are truly beautiful, I agree. Lovely photos!

Jill Wellington said...

Wow! Your photos are just exquisite! I loved every one of them. I also LOVE the photo in your header. I want to live where these were taken. Thanks for sharing!

Rian said...

The swan shots are absolutely beautiful! Isn't Nature wonderful?

And I have to show my ignorance here, but what is a *meme*?

The Artful Diva said...

You live in one of the most picturesque places on the planet - lucky you!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beauty all around. That is truly what it is,yet too many people fail to see it. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures. Hope Hubby is getting stronger day by day.

Black Jack's Carol said...

I really like your postcard photos and themes. The hummingbird feet were a special treat. Blogging is such fun, isn't it? In revisiting pleasureful moments, we get to live them twice. I am sad about the mute swans here in Stanley Park. As you probably know, they are pinioned. I suppose the same in Victoria. Everything about that seems wrong to me but I haven't figured out a way to convince the park boards to take steps to correct it. Yours is a truly interesting and artistic blog. I always love to visit!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hi Rian, Long ago we called most of our blog get-togethers "Carnivals" and they were hosted by large sites and then we also had small Blog Hops or Blog Gatherings hosted at individual blogs each week some people called them memes. I always thought it meant a game. A meme is defined as something that spreads from blog to blog. However NOW they (non-bloggers) have started a new thing called a meme which is a funny picture with words on top and on the bottom and this is NOT related to blogging, just to the fact that they want it to spread all over the internet. Anyway our blogging memes are fun games that bloggers play each week. Gemma Wiseman of Greyscale has a great list of them on her site Meme-Aholics. Joining in the memes is the best way to get your blog read by other bloggers. The blogger hosting the meme usually checks out the links of the sites playing to see that they are not spammy etc. Some memes are long time games started by someone and carried on by the members, like in the case of Klaus of Sky Watch and Denise Nesbitt of ABC. Denise hosted ABC this week. Bloggers become very fond of their meme games and it helps to organize our week and to focus. It is a way of collecting up a group of bloggers into a lovely community instead of being alone. You put your link in at the host site and visit other blogs and leave a comment and soon they will all come and visit...a blog hop, a blog party.

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely photos!

Carol L McKenna said...

Magnificent and creative photography!

Carol of: A Creative Harbor

Rian said...

Thanks for the explanation, Nora. Can one visit these *meme sites* and check them out... see what type of games they play, etc.?

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your swans shots are beautiful. And I love all the bird shots. Wonderful critter post!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Yes, Hi Rian, you just have to click on any of the links to the host or the meme game from here or from Gemma's listings of memes and then read the tabs at the top of the game where they explain how to play, they like you to link to their game or meme (some like a badge) OR if you just wish to look at it for a while and check out the others who are playing that is fine. I took a long time to start. Each meme has a theme, or a label to focus your photo or story on. Sky Watch is about the sky and ABC is the alphabet and so on as per the title of the meme. Some are general and you can just put your recent post in and link to them. I like it because it seems to weed out the commercial sites and you get to know who the bloggers are. Most of us have been addicted to these memes for a while now and we just keep playing.....

.....all you have to do to belong is to put a post in, link to the meme and then put your URL in at the host and you are good to go.

Actually that is what this post is all about.....so I belong to these memes and they make me happy. It is where I fit in a world where I seemed not to fit in at all for most of my life.

Today my post is really about belonging, belonging to something anything that makes you happy. The swan is happy because she does not know she does not belong here and we feed her as well so she thinks she belongs to us and comes up to be fed and that is all that matters. She has found her home here. I guess I am like the swan. The bloggers at the memes feed me with encouragement and kindness and I am the swan that is changing.

Marie said...

Beautiful photos! I especially liked the photo of the tiny hummingbird feet!

Visiting via Camera Critters

Karen said...

A fabulous series of shots. The swans are gorgeous!

Tammy said...

Hi Nora, this is such a delightful post! I love all your wonderful photos and thought provoking excerpts! I hope your husband recoups quickly! My mom got a new hip 2 months ago and is so happy she did! I look forward to following your changes:)

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks so much for all your comments, I will slowly work my way around to your sites.

It looks like a lot of memes I listed have ended at the end of December, This or that has ended, Sunday Best, Mellow Yellow and Show of Your Shot look like they ended. I can't keep up with who is doing what meme and who has quit lately.

rebecca said...

Incredible photos! Thanks for linking up with the simple things. :)

Sarah Carletti said...

Absolutely beautiful shots! Wish I could visit where you live!

Wally Jones said...

Hi, Nora! Wonderful selection of photos! Of course, I'm partial to the birds but your beachscapes are really special! Very dramatic.
Hope you've had a bit of a rest and hope your husband recovers quickly.

-- Wally

Gunilla Bäck said...

Great series. The swan is gorgeous.

Madge Bloom said...

I had no idea that they slept that way... what an unusual capture... I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #68!

Esther Joy said...

We have swans nearby, but my shots don't compare to this! Beautiful! I have so much to learn!

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful blues.

I look forward to reading your comment on my blog.

Happy 1st Blue Monday, Nora.

Annesphamily said...

I so love that gorgeous swan! All the beautiful captures you took the time to share! Thanks very much and enjoy your blue week! Hugs Anne

Pat Tillett said...

So many great photos! Each one of this is beautiful! Birds!

Life with Kaishon said...

There is beauty everywhere, isn't there? I am so thankful for this : ).
Lovely images!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks to each of you who have commented to me with such happy thoughts for me.

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