I have been thinking lately about all the things I'm grateful for, a feeling that started long before the Thanksgiving holiday arrived. The feeling was helped along by the fact that my laptop screen shattered internally into a million colored lines a couple of weeks ago. This, of course, is not a disaster in the relative world of disasters, not even in the world of computer disasters, but as you may know, it can make you feel temporarily blinded. All digital creative work comes to a screeching halt.
And while looking at the image above, that same feeling came over me again. I enjoyed about twenty minutes with this brown creeper at eye-level, and each time I thought she/he had flown away, back she came, no intention of leaving, simply re-positioning herself for better foraging. And if that wasn't gift enough, take a closer look at the image. Notice not only the exquisite camouflaging patterns in the creeper's plumage, but the gorgeous aqua blue lichen, the darker green moss along side it, and those same muted colors glowing from the background light beyond.
Earlier in the week someone said to me, "being thankful is good for you". Wondering about her observation, I inquired further. She responded, "Thankfulness is directly related to happiness. The more thankful you are, the happier you feel." Helpful words to remember every day of the year.
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You may also enjoy reading my November article for Wild Birds Unlimited: An Intimate Visit with a Brown Creeper. To see the bird-related illustration project I'm currently working on, visit: A Peek at One of My Art Projects at Vickie's Sketchbook.
Ocean Trail at Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, California--2015
Bird-banding at Seven Islands State Birding Park--2014
Bird-banding at Seven Islands
Enjoying Gray Jays in Churchill!--2014
Smithsonian National Zoo with one of my Whooping Crane banners and son, John--2014
The Incredible Muir Woods near Stinson Beach, CA--2014
Me and Denali--2012
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.