A chosen spot

When I first arrived at the boardwalk, I could see this heron at a distance out past the trees.  I thought that my presence might spook him and cause him to fly away.  Instead, to my amazement, I saw him take flight, settling in a spot closer to where I was standing.  As I watched, he casually snatched a couple of tiny fish out of the water.  Then he remained in his chosen spot, watching me as I walked up and down the board walk.

“Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.”  ~Aristotle

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.”  Matt Bevin

Napping sparrow

This sparrow found a nice, quiet, partially sunny spot on the side of the birdbath to take a little siesta.  It was hard not to yawn as I watched this peaceful little scene.

“… May we learn to honor the hammock, the siesta, the nap and the pause in all its forms.”  ~Alice Walker

 

Feeding on coneflower seeds

This goldfinch was feasting on the seed head of a purple coneflower.  When the stalks are left intact, they can enjoy coneflower seeds from summer into autumn.  Flower heads that are leftover can be cut and hung out for goldfinch to feed on during the winter.

“Whatever are the benefits of fortune, they yet require a palate fit to relish and taste them.”  ~Michel de Montaigne