Saturday, January 20, 2018

All About Birds

Men have held a fascination with birds for a very long time. To us, humans, bird watching activity comes naturally. In general, we are a nation of wildlife lovers; and everyone has an extra love feeling for birds. What is so special and unique about birds? For different people, there are different answers. For some, watching birds in a natural habitat is an effective and reliable way to gain perspective and relieve stress. To others, they are so magical. They are interesting to watch because they are beautiful, inspiring, and fascinating. Birds are cheery and lovable. Birds make life beautiful. Their songs wake us up and put in a great mood. Birds songs are one of the most beautiful sounds in the nature. Not everyone knows, only male birds are singing. Unlike instinctual calls, the complex pitch, rhythm, and structure of true bird songs must be learn in early life. To attract the mate, a male bird calls other birds from the forest. Some birds like parrots or superb lyrebird know how to imitate voice and sounds. Captive birds have been recorded not only the owners’ talk but also the ability to mimic the ‘industrial’ sounds of chain saws, car alarms, and camera shutters.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 Year of Birds

One hundred years ago, the staggering destruction of birdlife caused by the plume trade spurred the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, one of the earliest environmental laws passed anywhere in the world. While fashion trends have changed, the law remains as important as ever. Birds now face 21st-century threats – gas flares, oil spills, oil waste pits, transmission lines, wind and power turbines and more. The act has been used to help reduce those impacts and to implement practice that saves birds’ lives. The National Geographic magazine, National Audubon Society, the Cornel Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International joined together forces and resources with more than hundred other organization and millions of people around the world to celebrate 2018 Year of Bird.

In the book When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice, author and environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams wrote, “Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” (Tempest Williams, 2012)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

"Chill Airs and Wintry Winds!"

"Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear

Has grown familiar with your song;

I hear it in the opening year,

I listen, and it cheers me long."

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Happy Holidays!
May poetry bring you cheer
and enrich your 2018 New Year.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

You're On Camera!

The 'little friend' cached on camera.

"Table for One, Please!"

                                                         "Do Not Disturb: Breakfast Time!"
Photography: Miss 'T', 2017.

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Oh, look, it's a book!
I'm sure it must be
A path to adventures waiting for me,
A yellow brick road to the Wisard of Oz,
A frivolous poem without any cause.
Should I open it and peek to see what's inside?
What if it's scary I might need to hide.
I'll never know unless I dare.
I need a good laugh, a cry or a scare.
I'm sure it can wait - well, then I'll never know
Maybe it's someplace that I'll never go.
But today is the day that's been waiting for me
I'll open this book, I will see.

Jessica McCain

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Magic of a Great Book

Hoping the Magic of a Great Book
Accompanies you this Holiday Season!
You, my Readers and Dedicated Fans,
Will never be away, because I will always keep
You in my heart,
In my thoughts,
And in so many
Love you all, IT
Dec. 2017
Photography: 2017
Photographer: Ida Tomshinsky Copyrighted

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nature, the Poetry of Earth

"The poetry of earth is never dead."

(John Keats)

Yes, indeed.
Nature, the poetry of Earth brings beauty in our lives.
Nature makes us to change our plans
and affect our moods.
Nature sets a sky aflame at sunset,
magically transforms a familiar landscape
 into season's wonderland.
Nature is truly an intrinsic part of our lives.
It is no surprise that poets have always written
of her charms and her harshness,
and of the cyclical changes
 in the natural world around us.