Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ruffled Feathers and Jumping for Joy

Sometimes there just isn't any way
 to avoid ruffled feathers.
We can't control the wind
when it blows, we can only choose
behaviors designed to keep us
from getting knocked off balance.

But then things calm down
and things go back to normal.
We're on top of things, full of confidence
and good cheer.


And if we're really lucky,
we'll have an abundance of moments when
we'll feel like jumping for joy.



Naquillity said...

Meri~ you couldn't have captured better pics if you tried. these are spectacular especially that last one. you've brought such joy to my morning. have a great day.

Meri said...

The last one was a pure gift. I was so excited when I got a good look at it, because you can't be sure of the exact instant the image was frozen in time.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Magical! Hope the bird represents you right now - 'jumping for joy'!

Anonymous said...

The jump is neat. I like to catch birds and other animals doing things like that.

beth said...

don't you just love birds ?
I used one today for my story, too !

and yesterday our sandhill cranes were back so of course I had to get up close and personal to them :)

Allegra Smith said...

No many birds around in this horrible weather. This is truly ruffling my emotional feathers, I was telling Mel that maybe April is the cruelest month after all. I am cautiously getting up to finish the shrine, and then I will probably go back to bed and try to shake off the lower grade fever.

Then, like one of your beautiful images I will jump back into my life full time, all memories of swines erased forever, the garden would be calling and I will be able to answer with a smile, as the one you brought to my lips looking at these amazing shots.

Eryl Shields said...

Fantastic pictures and such true words.

Helen (Dixon Hill Girl) said...

Hi Meri,

Good to meet you. LOVE that last photo. What a capture! Can't help smiling when I look at it. :)

Vicky said...

He totally looks like he is jumping... what a great shot! I love the story you wrote to go along with it. Very uplifting and I am leaving with a smile and a longing to capture jumping birds.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wonderful bit of illustrated wisdom.

thank you.

steven said...

meri these are such clever images and very clever words to unpack the moment. steven

rebecca said...

that is what being in the moment is all about!
you have a gift...and you have been gifted.


Pat transplanted to MN said...

I love it though blackbirds are not my favorite! I've heard similar thoughts before about not controlling the wind, but your verse with the pictures is so new and appropriate!

HeartFire said...

What terrific crow pix you took - you never know with birds and wildlife! I love those characters... Wish you were in our bird photoartjournal. I am sending in a parrot I just posted.

liz elayne lamoreux said...

oh goodness how i needed to read this.
thank you and thank you to that delightful little bird for giving that gift of a hop when your camera was ready.


ELK said...

meri you have captured the grace of the bird in both movement and using the words with it...inspiring!