There are always flowers for those who want to see them. – Henry Matisse

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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. – Henry David Thoreau

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What a thrill to find wildlife while hiking. My son took several photos of this southern leopard frog with his camera. Isn’t it a beauty?

Southern leopard frogs are found throughout the southeast, and they are very common. They eat earthworms, spiders, centipedes, and many types of insects. You can listen to its call here.

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Never be ashamed to stop and stoop and observe the delicate lines of a flower or any other small thing. There is wonder there, and you will be healthier and happier for having taken the time to notice.

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This summer has been the summer of birds at our house, and among other delightful encounters with birds, we had the privilege of having a cardinal family nest right outside our living room window. My eldest son was the first to notice the mama cardinal building her nest just as she was laying down a few pine needles. Within a day, the nest was built, and two days later, we could tell there were at least two eggs in it. It took about two weeks for the chicks to hatch. We enjoyed peering into the lives of these amazing creatures from the comfort of our home.

I set up my tripod by the window, and using the remote control to my camera, we were able to capture some images of the goings and comings of the birds. Keep in mind that these were taken through a window glass at different times of day. I had to keep adjusting the camera to get the best vantage point, there wasn’t much I could do about the branches! My sons helped me in this endeavor as they were all too eager to stand back and take photos using my little remote control. I hope you enjoy them.

If you have time, here’s a short slideshow with more images:

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Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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