“We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.” ~ Bernard Williams
Celebrating our first full decade at this home — the longest we’ve been at any other residence together — it is apparent now that we are inextricably tied to it, no matter how much the growing urban sprawl makes us want to find larger, greener pastures. When the time comes, it will be difficult moving on from this beautiful, semi-wild-semi-urban space; no doubt a piece of our hearts will be left behind when we do.
One thing we’ve learned through the years is that it’s best to tread lightly and manage minimally. The less we manicure and clean the yard to our own selfish standard, the more the birds and animals love it. They return faithfully every season and reward us with their up-close beauty — without having to leave home.
Ours isn’t the prettiest property in the neighborhood, but it also isn’t the ugliest. There is a balance between what is expected by our neighbors and what we long to provide to serve nature’s purpose. We appear to have struck it just right.
These are our favorite yard bird residents from 2016, including the blog posts that go with them (in case you missed them). We hope you will enjoy gazing at them as much as I did in capturing their personalities.
Whether your eyes are to the skies or not, savor every delicious, precious moment of your days. Love your world and all who share it.
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Tufted Titmouse and Wilsons Warbler
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Part 2: Chasing Feathers…coming next!