Friday, August 23, 2013

Robin in the Sky ~ No Diamonds

I try to remember to take my camera everywhere I go.
I never know what I will chance upon.

Yesterday, squeezed between household chores
and a computer lesson at the Apple store,
I went on a fast 2.5 mile walk 
on a grey, cloudy morning.

I rounded a corner and came across serendipidy ~
robins hanging out in a small puddle!












I love robins!
My friend Kay, who has a blog full of heart and joy
and who loves birds,
posted on brown thrashers the other day.

She asked the question (which I forgot to answer!):
What was the first bird that you remember as a child 
that made you fall in love with birds?

The first bird I remember was a robin,
and I fell in love with birds immediately.
They have brought me joy all of my life,
and I have never tired of watching them.

So whispering "Please Stay!" I snapped and snapped!
Hope that you enjoy these photos as much as I do!



































Kay is celebrating two years of writing her blog
with a giveaway ~ 
maybe you would like to check out her blog
and participate in her giveaway:

I have two other blogging friends 
who post incredible photographs of birds.
If you love birds, too, 
you will enjoy their  bird and nature photography!

Noushka in France:  1000-pattes/1000-tracks

Mark in Canada:  The Black River Blog

These sweet robins enjoying their puddle 
absolutely remind me 
of Rihanna's and Mikki Ekko's song Stay.
(And if anyone gets tattoos right, it's Rihanna!)





Have a serendipitous day!

42 comments:

  1. Oh Weezier I love your Robins!!! Made me laugh and it has been a very hard week - a number of my friends got laid off so I have used all my energy trying to help them out.

    My very favorite bird is the Chickadee!Of as I call them chickadee-dee-dee

    Happy Blogging Barb

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    1. Hey Sis! I'm sorry it's been a tough week for your friends and you! And I suppose you heard about Bertie. Donnie called me, and I'm going to call Bertie shortly. I couldn't believe these cute robins! Not too long from now I'm off to Parkway: Friday Night Date Night! Wish you were joining us! Take care! XOXOX!

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  2. Great shots indeed
    At your feed
    They are all around up here
    As you know being from this side of the sphere
    First I remember is a blue jay i think
    But we had many at our rink

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    1. Hey Pat! Blue jaws were my second bird. We rarely get a lovely eastern blue jay here. I do so love them too. You have more rhyming words for home! Take care and have a good weekend!

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  3. Man, that puddle is positively a robin SPA! Love those photos.

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    1. Thanks Debra! Such a little puddle so much fun! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Robins splashing around in a puddle? Now that is instantaneous happiness!!!

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    1. It doesn't take much to be happy. I'll bet your kiddos love birds too. I'm never going to forget the photo of Clara with her arms outstretched to the wind. Have a great weekend with Alain and the girls!

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  5. Oh, so lovely! I love robins, too. They return here in late February/early March, and the first glimpse of them fills me with joy; their arrival is a sure sign of spring up ahead. It saddens me to see them go when autumn arrives. It's just not the same without them here.

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    1. Hi Martha! I hate to see them depart too. Grammie always said that they were THE harbinger of spring. They're usually the first birds here too. Have a lovely weekend!

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  6. Writing this to Rihanna's song....love it!
    My first bird was probably a pigeon....they were everywhere back then. Actually I even had two 'homing pigeons' at one point.
    I don't think I have a favourite bird...I love all of them with their individual traits and ways.
    Now missy! These photos are really well done Louise!! I love the reflections and composition created by the puddles. They actually made me very happy when I saw them! Thanks for this.

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    1. Hey Jim! I'm glad that you felt very happy when you saw the robins! There are so many little moments of happiness in this life. Gotta love them and appreciate them when they happen. I can't tell you how many times I've listened to the Rihanna song! Probably 20 times today!!!!! Terry and I heard it on Sirius coming back from Black Hawk earlier this summer and fell in love with it. You have no idea how much I love music!!!!! Hope you have an awesome weekend!

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  7. Louise ~~ this song STAY has been playing over and over in my head since it came out on the market.
    I just stop whatever I'm doing and LISTEN.
    Thank you so much for this.

    Now let's see, which BIRDS do I remember first, I'd say THE ROBIN and I remember colouring them in Grade 1 in the MacKay School. So loved to colour and until this day I love colour, all forms, shades and nuances of colour. I was just telling Jim that I discovered a room of colour at the shop Jim sells his wares in. The colours are alive in there and there's a set of soft pastels about 50 pieces of colours that would 'send you to the moon Alice'!! See what you are doing to me, the video just gets me all fired up and sentimental at the same time ~~ is that possible? Oh yes!

    I'm sharing the video on FB ~~ necessary I think!

    Ron

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    1. Absolutely necessary, Ronnie!!!!! That song in amazing. So is the video. Rihanna is so beautiful and vulnerable in that video. And how about Mikki Ekko? OMG ~ gorgeous!!!!! I've got to get back on Facebook! My niece Natalie posted that she has a blog! And my roommate from my first year at Acadia just sent me a friend request! I lost her somewhere around 1976. I think she found me through Peter Cameron via that Athenaeum photo you posted. OMG! I am thrilled!!! I think I told you about her ~ or maybe I told "Somebody That I Used to Know." What a summer! I have to try and contact Boomer Terry. She hasn't posted in a while and I'm wondering about her. Have you heard from Ivan and Mark? I miss Ivan! I feel like I'm going to burst with possibilities! Have a great weekend, my friend!!!!! Belly rubs to Sophie!

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    2. Word has it Terry's hubby was ill and so Terry has been dealing with this. He's on the mend as far as I know. Jim emailed Ivan recently and he replied that he'll be back blogging in Sept. He also went thru some health issues that were quite serious. Doing better now. Can't wait for his view of the world to pop up again.

      Amazing how all this interconnectedness is helping to reconnect with old friends. 1976 has been forever, your friend probably is over the moon Alice. Sorry Ralph Cramden just keeps popping up in my head sometimes.

      Have a great w/e!
      Ron

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    3. Thanks Ron! Sorry I'm just responding now ~ fun weekend in Breck, followed by a crazy week! Take care!

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  8. I am so glad you had your camera with you....

    Robins in a puddle is like getting double for your money, what with all those lovely reflections. They look so sweet all ruffled up and fluffy, and so cute with their white eyeliner and perky little strut.

    When I was growing up in SoCal, about the only birds we saw were little brown house sparrows (we could hear mockingbirds but rarely saw them). It was such a treat to move to Wisconsin and make the acquaintance of all sorts of birds.

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    1. Hi Sue! Thank you for the kind words. I lived in Garden Grove for seven years. We had flocks of crows there! We have quite a variety of birds here between the prairies and the mountains and the desert. Have a good one!

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  9. O my gosh! I LOVE these pictures so much! Just beautiful. I'm pretty sure we don't have robins here -- well I guess not, since they are called American Robins haha.. what's sad is that scenes like this, and birdsong, have been greatly reduced here since all that stupid development and deforestation, so thank you for sharing! P.S. please do excuse my irregular blog visits for now -- it's been hectic with baby, and I'm not too efficient typing with one strapped to me lol!

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    1. Hey Jan! Sorry I'm just getting back to you now! We were in Breckenridge over the weekend with no time for computers. It's definitely beginning to feel like fall here. We're going back up in a couple of weeks, so I'm hoping to get some fall color photos. I sometimes wonder if I could live in a place like Singapore. Don't get me wrong ~ I love Singapore!!!!! But I grew up in isolated and/or wilderness areas, and I can't imagine living without access to the wilds. When it comes to blogging, we all just do the best we can, I'm sure! And your little baby boy is darling! What better reason for having less time available for the blogosphere! Take care! Best wishes to the girls as their school year starts ~ actually I'm not sure how the school calendar works in your corner of the world! Have a good one!

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  10. I remember the fact robins laid blue eggs, as my first bird as a chiold!

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  11. Thanks for visiting my blog, GU! Robins eggs are such a lovely shade of blue. It amazes me that such a fragile container produces birds!! Take care!

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  12. Cool shots! We've got lots of Robins in our area, they come to my gasrden all the time:)

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    1. Thanks Mark! Robins are lovely! Hope your week is going well!

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  13. Thanks Mark! I so love robins. Have a good evening!

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  14. Oh my gosh-talk about the right place at the right time!! I love (!!!) these pictures.,I especially love the first photo with that awesome reflection in the puddle. Some amazing photos for sure. Pays to always have your camera!!

    Was wonderful to hear from you-- I'm so excited to be getting a scarf from you-- truly humbled. Your little knitting story made me laugh out loud:)

    Vicki

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    1. Thanks Vicki! I'm knitting, knitting ~ for a wonderful cause! Take care!

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  15. What a fun series of shots. I love this kind of stuff.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Donna! I hope that you are having a good week!

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  16. Thanks so much for the link to me and your kind words. And thanks for answering my question about birds!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE robins, both the American robin and the British robin, my heart has enough love for them both!! American Robins are not as good at flying as some of the other birds, did you know that? So, you need to be very careful when you see a robin fly in front of your car!
    LOVE your photos of them in the water, they are wonderful!!

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    1. Hi Kay! Aren't robins the best! I didn't know that robins can't fly as well as some other birds! I always watch for the birds in front of my car no matter what. Hope you're having a good week!

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  17. aww how sweet they are. it's like they're playing in the pool, not just taking a bath. you're so lucky you got your camera with you, the prettiest things always cross our paths when we least expect them to.
    hugs
    Patricia

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    1. Hi Patricia! Thank you for visiting my blog and for the kind words. Have a good one!

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  18. I think I spent 20 minutes just going through these pictures. Wow, Patricia, you're lucky. Seldom we get to see nature like this, and to be able to share it with others is a miracle. Thank you!

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    1. Just smack me a bit... I guess I saw Patricia's name on top, and well the rest is history LOL

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    2. Gees, Louise ~~ I thought you changed your name over the summer to Patricia ! LOL

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    3. Hi Magaly! Your using Patricia made me laugh, because that was almost my first name! I was born just after midnight on March 18th. If I had been born a few minutes sooner on St. Patrick's Day, my parents would have given me the name Patricia rather than Myrtle. Either way, I would still have been Louise! LOL! Hope that you are having a good week!

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  19. When robins first arrive back in Nova Scotia in springtime they are actually the NFLD subspecies that doesn't stay very long. They camp out under apple trees feeding on fermenting, rotten apples from the previous fall. After dining on these for a bit, you can see the bob, bob, bob in the red, red, robin takes on a different gait and I have seen them falling over on themselves. After boozing it up for a few days they move on to their final destination on the island of Newfoundland, soon followed by the subspecies that will stay to breed in our province that miss the cider fest. The early bird gets the worm? Or was that cider? :)

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    1. Hi Mark! Thank you for sharing this information about robins. I wonder if my grandmother ever knew her first in the spring robins were on their way to Newfoundland? I have never met any kind of Newfie who didn't enjoy a good party and some home brew! LOL! Grackles used to get boozed up in my grandmother's cherry trees ~ and boy could they squabble then! What a fun racket! When i was at Acadia, the Geo. Dept. put on a cider bash in the fall ~ with hard cider! I can remember picking apples for the bash, but not how they ended up as hard cider. I think the tradition was discontinued after a particularly fine batch of cider! Take care!

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