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Monday, July 22, 2013

Baby Birds and Beaches

Here we are again.  I will sprinkle in a few photos around in here and dance away.  These photos were taken a while ago on the West Coast.  Some were taken on the Broughton Archipelago and some at Barclay Sound.  We are at "B" for ABC Wednesday.

These look very similar. But pretty anyway.These are taken from a
boat in a place you seldom get to see...all this natural beauty all around you and no one gets to see it. Who is it for then. Does it exist for someone else.

This looks like a painting below and at nightfall we do live inside
a pastel painting painted by a great artist.  We are part of the colors.
We are not the brush or the artist. We hear and feel the music of the colors.
All this from the dust of stars.

The photo below was taken this week at Botanical Beach.  It has a rare and unusual ecosystem where life begins in grassy tidal pools, pounded by thundering waves.  Some of the strongest sealife is there. Life is like those waves pounding away at you and your thoughts have to be strong to survive.

Now on to the birding memes:
Black crows below.  I could not figure out what they were talking
about.  Perhaps they were two babies waiting for feeding. They stayed like this the whole time I was there, only moving their heads a little.

Back at the feeder again in the backyard.  A female Red-winged Blackbird below.

She can't decide which feeder she likes best.  She flew off quickly to feed her babies.

 A little Chestnut Backed Chickadee below. They are the only chickadees we have on our island.  This is probably a baby and he is saying "Momma, this stuff is good but I got some on my head too".

There are so many baby birds here right now.  This morning I woke to find a baby robin at the front door.  His momma bird kept feeding him even though he had fallen from a nest somewhere.  He was fine.  This little fellow below is one of the baby birds at the back feeder, not sure what he is.  He kept thinking the nyjer bag was food. Anyone want to guess what he is?  Then this evening we have a baby Towhee dancing all around the back yard. 

Keep Moving Forward like the Eagles Do!  I took this picture out at Sidney Spit this week.  The adult Eagle has a small fish in her talons and then we saw one with a crab.  You have to move forward as time moves on. Eagles never spend time in the past they just fly forward. Even if their nest falls or their babies fall down.

This is an older photo of a young eagle.  I put it in as I liked it and I
miss seeing the eagle nests where I used to live before.  I almost lived under those nests but we moved and time moved on. That was me living in the past.

These are young Great Blue Herons at Beacon Hill Park below.  They are just learning how to be great herons and all about life as a heron.

 Learning how to fly.

 Doing the heron dance.

We do the dance of life.
Sometimes I think we are all learning how to be human here.  And just when you think you have it figured out, life changes. The dance changes, we grow older and the new babies are born.  They are born to take our

Today the new prince was born.  Diana would have been so proud. It got me to thinking of how time passes so quickly.  I was young once and now I have grown old.  Everyone I knew is old too.  We are part of the cycle of life.  I never did fit into life as it is.  A misfit. So I am not accepting this thing called aging.  I am still moving forward in the dance of life.
Are you moving forward?  Do you still dance in the past?

And that is the ramble for this week.
 Thank you to these memes for allowing bloggers to share their story.  I may not remember to enter them all but I still list them for others and as this is the quick way for me to do it.
Click on these links to find great blogs and photos.

The Bird D'pot Thank you Anni
Our World Tuesday Thank you Our World Team
Sweet Shot Tuesday Thank you Kent
ABC Wednesday Thank you Denise, Roger and Team
Nature Notes Wednesday Thank you Michelle
Outdoors Wednesday Thank you Susan
Wild Bird Wednesday Thank you Stewart

 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.


A wondering star said...

Magnificent pictures and text! Lovely birds, beautiful colors in your nature shots. So much beaut.
Yes, I am still moving forward in the dance of life!
Thank you for sharing it with us!

Jorunn Norge

mick said...

A great series of photos. As usual, the beach photos are especially beautiful. I like the way you have captured so many different moods of the sea. The crows are interesting!

Bill said...

I love the way you put it Nora. As we get older, it's still a dance, even if it's now a different dance. My wife and I are still dancing in the second half of life, and we're learning some entirely new steps. We've stepped outside the conventional box, and we're loving it. It's a good time to learn the heron dance. :)

ladyfi said...

Amazing heron shots - and those skies - wow! so beautiful!

Carver said...

Beautiful shots of the sky and I also love the landscapes, water and birds you photographed.

Gary said...

Beautiful sky shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Ken Schneider said...

Such beautiful skies and nice assortment of birds!

Karen said...

You live amidst beauty! Lovely sky shots, and the chickadee is so sweet! You can add me to the list of being old. Age is just a number, so I don't pay much attention to it.

Sylvia K said...

You are indeed surrounded by so much beauty, Nora!! Glorious skies and beautiful birds! I agree with Karen regarding age -- and you can definitely add me to that list of being old! It is just a number and I don't have time to spend thinking about it! Hope your week is going well!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful scenes.I love all the sky and water shots. The little bird in question is a Red-breasted Nuthatch.I told someone recently,I may live in an old body but I refuse to think that way.So much life left to live.

MyMaracas said...

Gorgeous and inspirational. I have to work on "dancing in the present". I tend to dwell too often on the past.

Stephanie said...

Great shots!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, gorgeous sky shots! Love the pretty colorful clouds and reflections! Gorgeous post and photos!

Carole M. said...

beautiful location/scenery and birdlife

Kara said...

I never knew that is what a female red-winged black bird looked like. they are so different from the males. i think I am at a good juxtaposition between dancing in the past and moving forward.

unforgettableroads said...

great series of pictures. I loved the colours in the sky. cute birdie pics:) and as for "dancing in the past"- i tend to do so sometimes but I am trying not to stay there but move on.

Anni said...

I love the baby crows. Cute image. And y'know, I don't think I've ever spotted a female red-winged blackbird, so that was a special treat. And love the 'dance' of the heron. Great images Nora.

Indrani said...

Such beauty in the first few shots. Magical!

Brilliant bird captures too.

Roger Owen Green said...

Your pictures, as the kids used to say, are BOSS!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

What more can I say, besides.
"We hear the music of Color."

Nora at Island Rambles said...

thanks so much Jorunn. You have a lovely site as well.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hello Mick. I like your water photos as well.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hi Bill...you have an interesting place there, love that avatar!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hello Lady Fiona of the North...have fun in England.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hi Carver, always a pleasure to see your birds in the yard and bath.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hey another Canadian...Hi Gary! Missed you last week. Have to check out your videos.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hello Rosyfinch, you and I are long time bird bloggers!

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Age is just a number I agree, I don't ever want to feel old.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Thanks Sylvia...seems like we have a great group of older bloggers here.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Hi Ruth, thanks for the bird ID. I was thinking it was a Nuthatch but my bird expert was not here to confirm so thanking you! I am rebelling against age.

Rambling Woods said...

I have done a lot of dancing in the past this year... Happy to still be here and hope to find my dancing feet again... Love all the photos Nora.... Michelle

Wally Jones said...

Nora, thanks for sharing your beautiful scenery and wonderful birds! Such fantastic colors in the sky enhanced by the water's reflection.

From Wally - Dancing As Fast As I Can In Florida

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous series of shots!

Stewart M said...

Watching large birds lean how to fly is rather comical - but its surprising how quickly they get the knack.

It would take me about 3 hours to fly back to Alice to get you a Bower Bird - and I'm not sure the bird would approve!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Huldra said...

What a beautiful serie! The eagles in the sky was spectacular. Thank you for sharing :)

KaHolly said...

Glad I stopped by to witness the beauty and the birds that surround you. I was stumped on that baby bird at the nyger feeder - glad someone could i.d. it for you. I don't see too many of them in my little corner of the world. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Pat Tillett said...

Ah ha! I just found the date...
It was October 2, 1975
Kings 6, Vancouver 5