Waiting to be fed

For a while, a Cardinal family had a nest right outside one of my windows.  Here are a few pictures of the Cardinal babies patiently waiting for their food.

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.”  ~Billy Graham

White-crowned Sparrow

This White-crowned Sparrow, so named for the striking black-and-white stripes on its head, landed on the ground near where I was sitting.  Less shy than most birds, it seemed almost curious as to what I was doing and quite willing to be photographed.

 

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things.”  ~Leonardo da Vinci

Red-headed Woodpecker

A Red-headed Woodpecker seen at Paris Landing State Park.  Though it was a flurry of activity, flying here and there, it always returned to the same cavity in a tree.  Its actions led me to believe that it was probably tending to a nest inside.  Eventually, it lighted near the cavity opening to  stand watch.

“Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”  ~Zig Ziglar

Storm clouds

We have had round after round of storm clouds passing through this spring.  They make for some interesting colors and patterns in the afternoon sky.

“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wading through the cypress swamp

A Great Blue Heron wading through swampy water near Reelfoot Lake.

 

“Have you noticed how children never bypass a puddle of water, but jump, splash, and slosh right through it?  That’s because they know an important truth:  Life was meant to be lived; puddles were meant to be experienced.”  ~Richelle E. Goodrich