It seemed a bit late in the morning to be heading out for my walk the other day . . . nearly 9:30 am already. . . I never go birding that late! By then, the sun is getting hot and high in the sky, and mid-morning is generally past the birds’ most active early time, so there is usually less to see. But, much to my delight, there were many beautiful sights and sounds – what a joy it turned out to be! Another day, another bounty of nature! One of the most special moments was watching this cheerful Red-bellied Woodpecker flitting playfully about, directly over my head.
In Judaism, there is a special blessing that one recites upon seeing beautiful scenes of nature, so fitting to say on a morning like this:
Blessed are you, G-d, King of the Universe, who has created such things in His world.
There are beautiful Hebrew blessings for an endless number of experiences: blessings over the scent of fragrant trees or shrubs, another for herbs, grasses or flowers, another over fragrant fruits, another for seeing a rainbow. Some would use the following blessing for other wonders of nature, maybe even upon seeing these incredible BeautyBerries below!
Blessed are you, G-d, King of the Universe, Author of Creation.
I am blessed to live in a place that allows me to walk daily among the plants and the wildlife in beautiful natural settings – all year round. This year, I must really focus on identifying more butterflies. I know the names of several of the common butterflies in our region, but lately I have observed many others that are new to me – always more to learn.
This is the beginning of migration season, and the first time I will be here in Florida all fall. What an opportunity to see all the smaller birds that are arriving – lots of new little birds to learn to identify. Meantime, it’s always fun to see our ‘regulars’, like this Little Green Heron, out on a morning fishing expedition
or these parent Common Gallinules (Moorhens) teaching their chicks how to find the yummiest plants.
The Tri-colored Herons are keeping themselves fancy, preening their fluff! One of these days, I should gather all my recent TCH pics into one blog post just to illustrate how much variation there is in how they look over the period of 7-8 months, from breeding colors, to babies, to various stages from juveniles to mature adults.
Awesome photos, BJ, thanks for sharing your walk. 🙂
Thank you, Jet! Thank you for coming along! I’m looking forward to reading more about your latest adventures…
Great assortment of beautiful shots of the various insects and birds–I love the butterflies especially. I definitely would love to see more shots of the Tri-colored Herons, a species that we don’t have where I live.
Thank you, Mike! I’ll work on the Tri-colored Heron collection 😉
Always love seeing the cool little greenie! Mrs. Moorhen and her babies are a real treat too!
Thank you for your visit and comments, Phil. So glad I was lucky enough to come across your wonderful blog.
I love the photos! I am a diehard heron fan, any tone, and especially love the Great White Egrets.
I am always saying the nature Blessing. I journey with my eyes wide open, everywhere I go. The simple weed is a beauty to my eyes.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful comments, and for your interest, Lorri. Enjoy this festive time ~!