Sunday, 15 November 2015

Watching the birds..........

 I sat and watched the birds this afternoon.
 I struggle to get decent images.    Living in the countryside the birds are not used to people being around.
 I put some birdseed on a tree stump and sat on a bench beneath the old hawthorn tree.
 It took a while but eventually I got some nice images.
My thoughts are very much with the people of France today, especially those living in Paris.      I have visited this beautiful city many times......I have sat in café's , eating, drinking and chatting.    It saddens me to think just how much the world is changing, and that peace seems to be just a word.
I do not know the answer to the problems we face, I wish I did.

Let us aim to harvest peace.
Let us exhaust ourselves ploughing the stony ground.

Modern prayer from Turkey.


21 comments:

  1. I love your photo's they are all very clear. I to am at a loss how anyone can want to hurt and kill another person.

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    1. Thank you Marlene.

      It is a difficult time for many people........

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  2. I am just watching the news at the moment - I can't quite take it all in. To more pleasant things - we don't seem to have many birds in the garden at the moment - a few tits and sparrows but ot sure where all the finches are - maybe because it is reasonably mild they are still managing to find food - mind you, saying that the bird feeders still seem to empty pretty rapidly. Great shots Cheryl - your patience paid off.

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    1. I have stopped watching the news, I find it saddens me so much I cannot think of anything else.

      My feeders empty so quickly.......I seem to constantly run out of bird food :)

      I have Goldfinch in the garden feeding on the teasels..............beautiful.
      Wish I could get an image of them.

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  3. I think your photos are wonderful, it can be quite tricky photographing wildlife, you need a lot of patience for it which I haven't got. The news from Paris saddens me, I just don't know what the answer is and where it will all end. My thoughts go out to the victims and their families.

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    1. Hi Jo,

      I really find birds difficult to capture. You are right patience is the answer. I have learnt to be patient, it took a long time :)

      I think we all feel the same...........where will it all end?

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  4. Beautiful images- I especially like the lichen-covered stump ones. Yes, such a changing world- it is so sad what is happening in so many places.

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    1. I love moss and lichen Jandi. So interesting.

      We seem to hear about more and more attacks each month..........so sad.

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  5. I'm not getting any bird shots yet! Very annoying, but I'll get there. Bird shots is why I bought my new camera.

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    1. It takes a long time Simon, trust me.......it is so frustrating getting so close to a bird and just when you are going to take a picture they fly :)

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  6. Beautiful photos of your birdies. I love seeing them.
    This Kill, kill, kill, frame of mind is most unsettling. These people that kill are so misguided. Peace is so so precious, fleeting. I pray for everyone to have peace in their lives.

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    1. I pray each day Lisa for the same. This is so close to home.
      It really touches you, I know you will understand............your country has suffered at the hands of terrorism.

      On a happier note...........have a good week, hope all is well with you.

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  7. Sometimes we just need to reflect and sit in the garden and see the beauty that nature gives us ... I do like all the photo's you've shared with us ... thank you.

    Our world is changing, no-body knows the answer ... that modern prayer from Turkey was a very good way to close your post.

    My thoughts are with all who have been affected by the terrible events of the past few days.

    Take Care my blogging friend - and good wishes for the new week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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    1. I sat in the garden watching the birds for just that reason..............just to be quiet and reflect.

      Take care to Jan
      Enjoy your week :)

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  8. Lovely images, Cheryl. What is the bird in the third photo? Is it what you call a blue tit? It reminds me of the chickadees we have here with its markings on its head, but ours do not have blue feathers. The poem is so appropriate for these times. I, too, have been watching the news from Paris and am horrified and saddened. I think we are all searching for answers. I think all individuals can do is to be kind to all we meet and hope that the message of love and brotherhood spreads to all who are willing to listen.

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    1. Yes it is a blue tit Rose.....sweet little bird. I have dozens in the garden....many of them breed here :)
      It is true what you say Rose, kindness is part of the answer. Being kind costs nothing.
      My father always said be kind to all you meet, treat everyone as an equal.
      I share his views.

      Have a good week Rose

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  9. Lovely photographs. I love seeing different birds. You are so correct. Sometimes it's best to simply watch the birds.

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    1. It just felt the right thing to do at this time...........sit quietly with the birds :)

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  10. Your patience paid off - the images of the birds are very clear. I like the one with the red breast. It can't be a robin - too small I think, but what is it?

    I completely agree with the others - unthinkable to hurt and kill our own species. A little more kindness in this world would make a huge difference - I think your father was a wise man.

    Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. It feels good to be back!

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  11. Oh....I just loved watching the birds with you, I felt as though I was there. The pictures are absolutely beautiful!
    Yes, I feel as you do re the darkness that seems to be engulfing the world....man, it seems, is unable to get along with his fellow man. I did like that Turkish prayer. A lovely post, as always.xxx

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  12. Oh....I just loved watching the birds with you, I felt as though I was there. The pictures are absolutely beautiful!
    Yes, I feel as you do re the darkness that seems to be engulfing the world....man, it seems, is unable to get along with his fellow man. I did like that Turkish prayer. A lovely post, as always.xxx

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