Category Archives: Joy

Transient Rainbow

Transient

Rainbow Haiku (Transient)

Look for the rainbow
Knowing it will fade away
Right before your eyes

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Everyone seems to enjoy the sight of a rainbow. Perhaps, it is because of its fleeting beauty that we are amazed every time!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: transient

My Pal

Portrait of Pal

(4 pictures.) Pal has been my friend for nearly nine years. We first bonded as I held him close on the car ride home. My brother and I got Pal from a breeder, but we say we rescued him from less than perfect conditions. With his blue eye, he would never have been a show dog, but we didn’t care. Turns out, Pal has had to take medicine for seizures since he was a pup. He is a trooper and just carries on his merry way. He is a sweet boy, and he loves to play, eat, and sit on your lap!

Pal is a curious basset hound and follows his nose. We have to watch to make sure that he could never accidentally wander away on a mission to follow a scent or chase a butterfly!

Pal On The Move

Pal is smart and knows a lot of commands when he is paying attention. It’s certainly easy to get his attention with food!

Sit and Shake Pal

Pal loves to be near his people. When he gazes at you with his pretty eyes, or rests his slobbery chin on your lap, you know you are loved!

Pal is a Good Boy

Pal is a good friend and part of the family!

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: friend

Tiny Birds

Tiny Hummingbird

Tiny Hummingbird

Hummingbird Gallery

I just love the tiny hummingbird! This year, the little birds graced my backyard from July 12th to September 15th. To be so small, they sure brought me big joy! Every sighting brought a thrill. To be able to watch the tiny birds zoom in and out of the yard in all their amazing beauty was a gift. The birds that come here to Virginia are Ruby Throated hummingbirds. Here is a sampling of the birds that came to visit this year.

These tiny birds, of about 3 inches in size, can fly as fast as 60 miles per hour and flap their wings up to 70 times in a second! They migrate to Mexico and return each year around the same time. To see more of my hummingbird posts, you can click on the hummingbird header at the top of my page! You can see some other birds by going to the birds header! Enjoy the view!

***posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: tiny

Open Your Eyes

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrasher is often inconspicuous, foraging on the ground for food. I was lucky to spot him in my yard. His streaked underparts and bright rufous upper parts are magnificent to see. His yellow eyes are striking.

This bird is a single example of beauty on earth. Our earth is filled with so much beauty and we are often blind to it. Lately, I am realizing that my time is best spent in appreciation of nature. I make time to sit on my porch and take in the view. It’s a great way to shake off stress and rejoice in the day.

I will add this post to my May Bird series showcasing the beauty of birds. You can click on the Birds header at the top of my page to see other bird beauties!

*I am also adding this to the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Earth

Blue Jay Series

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I was overjoyed to see this beautiful blue jay perched in my dogwood tree last September. I am so glad I was able to showcase his vibrant blue feathers and jaunty spirit in this series of photos.

I am submitting these photos for JNW’s Color Your World-Blue photo challenge as my second entry today. What can I say? I love blue and I love birds. I will also place them in Lucile’s photo101 rehab clinic as my first entry of the year.

Now Young At Heart

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I have spent many hours over the last few days considering my genealogy and family history. I started a family tree and have been amazed to find that so many documents complete with information are readily available. I have been reminded of family stories and wished I had taken more care to note of the details.

It is fascinating to me to consider that these family members are not just names on a page, but real people that led up to my existence. It makes me want to learn more about their lives and the events of history.

I have been thinking about my mother as a little girl, trying to imagine her hugging her mother or sitting on her father’s lap. I have been thinking about my father as a young man ready to take on the world. I have been thinking about my place in history.

I have been thinking about the old and the young. We take aging for granted until one day our hair grays, our knees creak or we get a tinge in our back. It happens to us all. Still, some people seem to have a knack for staying young at heart.

My mother had physical ailments, yet she stayed on top of the news and liked experiencing new technology like ipads and facetime. She liked hearing about my day and sharing news I may have missed while I was at work. Staying in touch with current trends kept her young at heart.

My brother is an avid exerciser, lifting weights and staying strong. He says that it is important not to stop building strength so that you won’t lose ground. Working out and staying in good shape keeps him young at heart.

What do I do to stay young at heart? I think that learning something new is important to staying young at heart. Keeping up with technology, as best I can, means I am not left behind the crowd. Learning a new skill, like photography, keeps my wheels turning! Talking to old friends can be invigorating. And, taking notice of the simple beauty of nature and giving in to the amazement keeps me young at heart.

Today, the temperature was a record breaking 75 degrees so I sat outside on my back porch, reflecting on the past. I noticed a single dandelion, a pop of bright yellow cheer among the brown leaves on the ground. I took a moment to admire the contrast and the intricate detail of the tiny dandelion. I took a moment to live in the present, to appreciate the simple joy of now.

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#beyoungatheart, #youngatheart

*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Now

and also in response to the daily post daily prompt:
Young At Heart

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Happy Ho Ho Holidays!

Happy Ho Ho Holidays!

I hope everyone was on Santa’s nice list this year!😉 🎅

Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Enjoy these special days! 2016 is on its way!

Eye of the Tiger

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eye of the tiger

Eye spy: the eye of the tiger cat.

Stripey Boy is my seventeen year old striped tabby cat. I think his sweet soul shows in his eyes. He brings joy and softness to my life.

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Eye Spy

Sonnet of the Robin

Robin

Robin

Sonnet of The Robin

Fly, Robin fly!
You sing your sweet song
Your notes never wrong
Music fills the sky

Soar, Robin soar!
Take flight tree to tree
Your wings set you free
Fluidity you can’t ignore

The sound waves you send
Floating in the air
Carried on the wind

Pleasure to declare
Songs that you lend
Joy you must share

*posted for writing201, poetic prompt-pleasure, poetic form-sonnet, poetic device-apostrophe

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