“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”

~ Robert Lynd

IMG_5160
During the recent trip ‘inland’ I was sitting on the back deck reading the newspaper when a Robin fluttered down onto the deck and surveyed the interior of the boat for several minutes.

“What is more cheerful, now, in the fall of the year, than an open-wood-fire? Do you hear those little chirps and twitters coming out of that piece of apple-wood? Those are the ghosts of the robins and blue-birds that sang upon the bough when it was in blossom last Spring. In Summer whole flocks of them come fluttering about the fruit-trees under the window: so I have singing birds all the year round.”

~ Thomas Bailey Aldrich

IMG_5157
I’d encroached on his territory and he was inspecting the newcomer…

“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off – and they are nearly always doing it.”

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

IMG_5158
He hopped around for several minutes, time enough for me to get the camera out of its bag and take a few shots…

“Birds know themselves not to be at the center of anything, but at the margins of everything. The end of the map. We only live where someone’s horizon sweeps someone else’s. We are only noticed on the edge of things; but on the edge of things, we notice much.”

~ Gregory Maguire, Out of Oz

IMG_5156
Wonderful!

IMG_5900 (3)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s