Monday, April 5, 2010

distinctive / distinct


solo post - L, Nikon

Taylor has been missing in action lately so I'm having to go it alone. Truthfully she said her computer has been acting up - making it difficult for her to send me photos, so I'll give her a break. Thank goodness I have a lot of photos to pull from. The bad thing is I'm not sure what to share. I told you a little bit about my Easter weekend. I went to Callaway Gardens and on the way there stopped at the Wild Animal Safari. If I had been a couple of days earlier I might have fooled you into thinking that I had indeed set out to travel the world. There were animals from all over the world and I was face to face with them - literally. If you're not prepared with a slobber towel you'll be sorry. You can see some of my 'up close and personal' shots on my flickr.
The zebras were one of my favorites. Did you know that a zebras stripes are as distinctive as fingerprints are in man? To me they are a bold and striking. / For a few hours on Sunday I tried desperately to get a decent photograph of the bluebirds moving in. I set up my tripod and waited patiently behind a tree. They came and went many times but I never did get a good photograph of them. I've also been trying to learn the different bird calls by using my iBird app. I think I can recognize the bluebird's song now. Each bird call has a distinct sound but when you hear close to a dozen different species singing in the backyard it's difficult to distinguish them. Towards the end of the day I decided to just lie in the hammock and listen. I heard one call that I had never noticed before and after searching my iBird app it seems it was a Eastern Meadowlark's song - yet I have never seen a Meadowlark. I would be thrilled to see one here.
By the way, the book on my hammock is a different sort of book than I expected. I have to say I was immediately drawn to the beauty of the cover and the illustrations inside. I read the brief description: "blessed with moments of beauty and the insight to recognize them as such, Sam Keen translates the marvels of the natural world to the language of heart and soul. He asks us to turn our eyes skyward and see what we discover." and this verse on the first page: "Arise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land." - Song of Solomon 2:10-12. It seemed a good purchase for my bookshelf. It's an interesting read but as it turns out Keen seems to discount God in his nature sightings - a surprise to me and frankly a disappointment. Oh well there's parts of it that I enjoy and it is pretty on my shelf.

8 comments:

Char said...

sounds like a great adventure to calloway - i've been thinking of going for the azaleas.

and bluebirds - i adore them

S. Etole said...

great patterns in your photos ... and I enjoyed the account of your visit

ELK said...

you always share the best things Leslye..i am often drawn to books by the cover and have had the same results as you...

the black and white stripes match with the hammock pattern...

Jewels said...

What great patterns in your photos today Leslye! I have always wanted to leajavascript:void(0);rn bird sounds, but then I think when I actually do it, I might feel old, haha. The book sounds interesting but I think I too would be sad that he doesn't give God the credit.

margie said...

i remember the first time i saw a zebra, small, sturdy and just beautiful.

smith kaich jones said...

my word verification is belonging. that made me forget what i was going to say - seriously! lol! something about bluebirds and books. goodness!

:) Debi

Woman in a Window said...

Always, when I come here, it is like being immersed in a teacup. Things are pretty, neat and well ordered, but yet the fantastical is just at the saucer's edge. Your juxtaposition of photos always teaches me more than the visual, but rather how to see from within differently.

xo
erin

Relyn said...

I have seen this book cover on your blog more than once. Should I be reading it?

footnote

The photos on the left are taken by me, Leslye, the mother. The photos on the right are taken by my daughter, Taylor – unless otherwise noted. Comments are always welcome. thanks
If you care to visit, I, Leslye, have another blog - AutumnSun where I ramble around different paths and pleasures of my own.