Shades of Brown

Various shades of brown can be found in nature’s palette. These earthy hues provide a richness and warmth that can be soothing to the soul.

“Nature gives to every time and season unique beauty; from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it’s just a succession of changes so soft and comfortable that we hardly notice the progress.” ~ Charles Dickens

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


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

Testing the nest

A young sparrow discovered a wire nest in one of my metal yard ornaments and was trying to decide whether to test it out or not .  She timidly stood on one side of the nest, gave it some rather deep contemplation, then hopped right in.  However, it didn’t take long to decide that it was an awkward fit for her, and off she flew.  One of the children’s books that my granddaughter and I enjoy reading together is “The Best Nest” by P. D. Eastman.  I guess that this was NOT the best nest for this little bird.

“You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”  ~Brian Tracy

Young sparrow

“Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.”  ~Barbara Johnson

Sweet sparrow family

I’ve enjoyed watching this little family of house sparrows fluttering around the backyard this week.  Right now, the baby birds are sticking pretty close to the mother  even though they are big enough to pick up the sunflower seeds themselves.  You can tell the babies from the mother by the yellow lines around their mouth.

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”  ~Emily Dickinson



Recently I spotted this handsome little Lark Sparrow curiously peeking down at me from high atop a tree.  My camera and I were peeking back at him.

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.”  ~Lovelle Drachman

Amongst the chopped corn stalks

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Dry brittle corn stalks
Shooting up out of the snow
Enticing the birds.

A red cardinal
Searching for much needed food
Lights atop a stalk.

A hungry brown thrush
Feverishly pecks away
At a frozen cob.

An alert sparrow
Spies a kernel on the ground
Lunch for one is served.