Friday, April 3, 2009


I was outside on our patio taking pictures of these bright beauties---
trying to capture bits of Spring emerging when a heard a rustling in the pear tree above me --

and there they were, a whole flock of these glorious birds! They are Cedar Waxwings. They travel in groups, and are rarely seen alone. This particular bird feasts on wild berries but I think they were in our yard for water. We have lived here for five years and I have never seen these birds in our yard. I was just giddy with delight! But, when I moved ever so slightly, they flew away before I could snap a picture. Darn it!

I wanted to see if they would come back, so I sat very still for a while. Waiting-- listening-- watching. And guess what? They came back! I think there were at least seven or eight of them perched in the tree. I was sitting quite far from them so I really had to zoom in to get these shots.

As I sat there observing the beautiful wonders of nature, I just had to smile to myself. It is the simple things in life, that make me happy. It is amazing what you will discover when you stop, slow down in life, and just listen. I don't think I do that enough, but I will, because life is too short.
As the saying goes---stop and smell the roses, or in this case, stop and watch the birds!
Happy Friday!


Becky @ Farmgirl Paints said...

Beautiful photos...totally worth the effort. Thanks for sharing.

sandy l said...

Wow! Send those birds to our bird feeders! We've had several bright cardinals and their wives and I saw a woodpecker when I picked up some teenagers for practice today.

The real sign of spring is the finches. They are beginning to turn gold!

By the way, one month to the Sheep & Wool Festival! Not that I'm counting....

Deb said...

Aren't the waxwings gorgeous! They gather in a neighbours apple trees but we've yet to find them in our garden. I love how they stay together in large groups. Beautiful photos (and blog) Kelli.

Anonymous said...

Hi Honey, I am glad to be home so I can see what new things are on your blog. These pictures are absolutely beautiful! We saw a lot of pretty things in London, but nothing that compares to this! And...I believe we should all take your wonderful advice and enjoy what is right in front of us every day. Hope the waxwings will come to your yard next week!!
Love, Mom

Paper Relics said...

I had so much fun with you and Cammy. Cannot wait to do it again!

Beautiful garden!

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