Filed under: Arizona, The Route to Work | Tags: Arizona, Flora, Holidays, Paradise Valley, Religion
I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams… ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Filed under: Home | Tags: Holidays, Home, Hummingbirds, Mockingbirds, Religion
I spent half an hour in my yard with camera in hand; these are 2 mockingbirds and 2 hummingbirds that were entertaining me. Both types of birds are very talkative and perform many antics.
I’ve loved this poem since I first read it decades ago in high school:
To Christ Our Lord
I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and striding
High there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wing
In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,
As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow-bend: the hurl and gliding
Rebuffed the big wind. My heart in hiding
Stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing.
Brute beauty and valour and act, oh, air, pride, plume, here
Buckle! AND the fire that breaks from thee then, a billion
Times told lovelier, more dangerous, O my chevalier!
No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion.
~Gerard Manley Hopkins, written in 1877
It’s about a kestrel, which is a symbol for Christ, but it applies to many birds…”My heart…stirred for a bird, – the achieve of, the mastery of the thing.”
Almost seems like an appropriate Easter week post.
Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us. ~ Wolfgang von Goethe
♥Happy Valentine’s Day!♥
Out with the old, in with the new…
Let’s hope for a more peaceful and gentle 2013…
And sparkly, too…the dragon symbolizes good fortune and stands for new beginnings (this is a 6 foot Swarovski crystal dragon, each crystal hanging from its own strand to form the dragon, at Tottie’s Asian Fusion in Scottsdale).
Filed under: Arizona, Home | Tags: Arizona, Cats, Flora, Holidays, Home, Hummingbirds
He’s even red and green for the season.
Yes, it really does look like this here now. These were all taken within the last few days.
He’s made with palm bark. We found him discarded in the alley many years ago and rescued him.
Most of our tree ornaments are cat-related, oddly enough. A house is not a home without a cat, the ornament above says. In that case, it’s very homey here, inside and out. Google has been in the tree several times a day, so much so that some of the lights no longer work, but I’m never quick enough with the camera…hopefully, I can catch him over the next few days. Meanwhile, Stripey wonders…
Ebony always reminds me of a Santa cat with his fluffy white fur.
Click on the photo if the flames aren’t flickering.
Well, like everyone else, the next few days will be pretty busy for us, beginning with a get-together tonight so, for now…
Happy Holidays and keep warm…