Sunday, November 27, 2011

Grateful Robins



The thermometer took a sharp downward turn today,

and the robins must have known about it ahead of time, because by yesterday,

the last of the migrating flocks that had been passing through were nowhere to be seen.
































On Thanksgiving morning our back yard was alive with their motion.

A few of them drank from the birdbaths, but most of them

preferred the puddles that had formed in the tarp covering the woodpile.
































They drank deeply, lifting their heads in gratitude after each swallow.

It seemed so appropriate for the day - so appropriate for every day.

And so, watching them, I lifted my heart in gratitude, too.







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11/30/11  Oops!  
There are still some robins around.
For an update, click here.



39 comments:

hannah said...

Good morning Connie,
Let me first congratulate you on these wonderful images. And the textures go so well with these.
Your Robins are very different from ours in many ways: here they stay all winter, and they don't go about in groups but are very solitary and aggressive to each other.

Torunn said...

Great picture of a beautiful bird and nice texture.

Nadege, said...

Wow, these are just gorgeous images.

The birds look so graceful and your subtle work with the textures have enhanced these already amazing shots.

Sweepy said...

Woof!
They probably went to our place cause we have too many of them now!
And I'm not allowed to chase them!

Jennifer Richardson said...

SOoo touches my heart,
their simple, thirsty trust.
Grateful for the beautiful share,
Jennifer

Barb said...

Amazing shots! very beautiful processing.

One said...

Your photos are fantastic and go very well with the texture. We have lots of birds here but perhaps not robins.

EG Wow said...

Lovely shots of the robin. I always love it when robins set up housekeeping in a tree in my yard...but I'll have to wait a few long months before that will happen again!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

You're not kidding about the sharp downward turn of the thermometer... I had my windows open Sat w/ 65 degree weather while putting up my Christmas tree, which is odd in itself, but, now, it's 38 w/ snow flurries! YiKeS! I'm not ready for the cold

Very nice captures, Connie =)

Ellie said...

You have managed to catch beautiful images of these of these robins. I really love your first picture of the robin drinking.

lisa said...

Connie, these are just beautiful!
They look almost like paintings.
It is still very unseasonably warm here, but any day now...

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

Have a great evening!

lisa.

Pat said...

What wonderful captures! Your treatment makes these images beautiful works of art.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Connie, these are so lovely. The sweet faces, their cheerful morning and evening song shall be missed only briefly and then...thankfully it is a gift when they return. Sometimes, we have a few straglers all winter long, and I grow concerned for them, yet some berries remain...just for them and if I can in any way, help them out~

Juli said...

Oh, these are such tender images...they are so beautiful.

missing moments said...

I also had a flock of robins come thru last week ... they were so thirsty and stayed around for a couple of hours. Your photos are great!

CATHY said...

What stunning photos! And I love the way you textured them.

Teresa said...

Connie these are beautiful and I love your texture work . . .Happy Tuesday, Teresa x

Pat Mark said...

Nice work. You captured the personality of the robins. Not sure they stay all winter here but I think they might.

kimB said...

So lovely... I love photographing birds and greatly enjoyed seeing your robins so up close & personal :)

nancyjean said...

wow...i would never thought that a tarp could look so beautiful! Love your photo and texture!!

Karen Dorcas, Artist said...

i saw this on creative exchange, which am not currently subscribing to - just found it; but, it is an absolutely amazing capture - your photography is clear, sharp, and rich. thank you, kareninkenai {texture tuesday, which i don't believe photos are linked to, but i found anyway}

Kia said...

Lovely shots of the robin, and a fab texture work. Thanks for sharing! :)

Riet said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely photos!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Just lovely Connie. V

Leah C said...

What amazing photos...so lovely!! And a beautiful post, too:)

Deborah said...

Beautiful . . .

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Gorgeous pics, beautifully textured and captured.

HeidiRose said...

Extraordinary! Your photographs and texture work have created masterpieces.
Heidi via texture tuesday

Angie said...

These images are just so lovely and quite touching. :)

Rohit Sareen said...

wat fantastic captures! i also like the processing done...

Cheers,
My Third Eye

Julie Legg Photo said...

I really enjoyed your robin photos. I don't get to participate in much bird photography as my lens is not long enough. You've got in nice and close. Beautiful shot!

S. Etole said...

Wonderful treatment and colors in these.

DebC said...

These are great!
In focus, great composition.
Did this robin pose for you?
It looks like it.

fotogran said...

Very, very lovely shots and gorgeous mellow tomes in the processing!

yvette said...

beautiful photo's and texture work!

Fergiemoto said...

I've enjoyed looking through some of your photos. I especially like the ones where you applied textures! Nice work!

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

Lovely post and gorgeous textured pictures!

Lisa said...

Beautifully composed shots. You are amazing with a camera!

Jacqueline @ Deeprootsathome.com said...

You are so very talented at adding texture and tints. I have only heard a bit about them here and there, and sometimes don't even know what I am seeing unless it is spelled out for me...I would like to learn...maybe someday!
It is fun to think all the robins are gone and then to see more moving in waves to the south.
I received your lovely card and the enclosed print with Psalm 119:97. Again, it is something to take the breath away and mirror the creativity of our Lord!! Fun to know you got the honey book on your birthday!! Late Happy Birthday, Connie :)