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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.