Tuesday, November 15, 2011

All These Gifts

Yesterday was balmy, 
and checking on my absent neighbor's dogs was a good excuse to get outside.  
The sun warmed my face as I sat on a stump and stroked Corby's hair, 
while high above us vultures traced lazy circles in the sky.  
When a gust of wind sent leaves crashing to the ground, 
pint-sized Jazz barked at them.

At home, bluebirds made an appearance,


and 2 Carolina Wrens fluttered around the dried sunflower 
that was hanging under the eves.  
I imagine they were not as interested in a food source as a future nesting site, 
since they've been checking out a basket on the porch, too.

In the afternoon, there was laughter in the kitchen as a friend and I peeled apples, 
trying to peel one in a long spiraling strip, like Mom used to do with her sisters.  
Later, the aroma of apple pie filled the room as we enjoyed dinner with friends.

Warm sun, dog kisses, friends around the table--an ordinary day?  
Not exactly.  
But then really, is there any such thing?



  1. These photos are so amazing! I love your processing! And it does sound like a wonderful day! :-)

  2. Connie, these are over-the-top gorgeous!!
    Both of them are pure magic.
    You have done such beautiful work here.

    Thank you so much for sharing at The Creative Exchange today.

    Have a great evening!


  3. what great captures of the birds...so so beautiful! It sounds like you had just the perfect day!

  4. Love your shots. That little blue bird is so gorgeous.

  5. Sounds like a day of bliss to me. Lovely images...

  6. amazing compositions; and, beautiful texture. what a treat. thank you, kareninkenai {from TT}

  7. Connie, your photographs, and your words, are so beautiful! And, your first photograph is just spectacular. Lovely, all of it!

  8. That sweet little ball of blue fluff in perfect balance on a twig that is also perfectly placed on the page.
    As pleasing and satisfying as homemade apple pie.
    BTW, did you toss the apple skin over your shoulder :-) ?

  9. It sounds like a perfect day to me!

    Being a big fan of birds I'm loving these images. Especially the Bluebird!

  10. The processing on your photos is stunning! Love your birds!

  11. What a beautiful bird with a wonderful blue color. Lovely image and texture.

  12. May God bless us with ordinary days that hold scenes like these! I absolutely love your bluebird shot. But they are one of my all-time favorite birds! :-)

  13. these are stunning shots of a bluebird!
    i'm impressed!

    i love your blog.

    visiting via the c.e.

  14. Love the way the colors pop in the top photo.

  15. Ohhhhh! These bird shots are absolutely beautiful!

  16. Ohhhhh! These bird shots are absolutely beautiful! Your blog is interesting reading too.

  17. beautiful photos.....we used to love lake of the ozarks and visited there when we lived in indiana and st. louis....it's been a long time now though.
    what a beautiful part of the country, no ?

  18. That bluebird photograph is amazing, and I love the texture with it. Lovely blog.


  19. It is called Bliss.
    Amazing how a lot of people fail to see that in their daily lives ;-)

  20. When completed in one go, tossing the apple skin over your shoulder will give you the name of your future husband :-)
    Bit late now.

  21. Love, love love...so charming. And congrats on your win!!


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