Indigo Buntings

My parents share my appreciation for birds. While watching the feeders from their back deck during my visit here in North Carolina, I saw my first Indigo Buntings.

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After a quick familial consensus of what they were, I snagged someone else’s camera to at least come home with a picture. This was the first sighting of these bright blue birds here as well and I was afraid it might be a one-time visit.

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We didn’t see any females about, just the two males. They enjoyed the seed buffet that had fallen under the feeders and then flitted off to the nearby azalea bushes.

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Such striking and brilliant birds to get to see. Hopefully, they’ll stick around the rest of this summer and be there the next time I visit.

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Heading Home

2014-04-23 Airplane

I headed home to North Carolina this week. I occasionally spring for a flight instead of driving as the route by highway is a healthy 7-8 hrs in good traffic. It’s a splurge to fly, but it’s so nice to arrive rested after just 2 hrs of actual flying time and not requiring the next day to recover from an all-day drive. The last leg is a short 20 min leg on a very small plane, which I never mind. Seeing the mountains of where I came from appearing in the setting sun is always a welcome sight.

R&R Rain

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Sometimes you need a little rain to fall…in a good way.

Today the temperature is every-window-in-the-house-open pleasant. The pollen hasn’t yet painted the world yellow and everything is gloriously greening up outside.

All morning a gentle rain has wrapped the house in a blanket of soothing sound that didn’t let anything else from the outside world in. There were no other distractions (well other than my work laptop as I tapped away in my office), just mother nature reminding me how relaxing the world can be if I would appreciate little things like the rain a bit more often when they happen. I opened as many windows where the rain wouldn’t blow through and listened while I worked.

A little gratitude is surely due on my part for such a relaxing morning and I hope we all take a moment to enjoy such things when we have them.