Tag Archives: birds

A splendid October day

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Waiting for our ruby-throated guests

I have to admit, when I first learned that hummingbirds were here in Chicago, I was rather shocked. Aren’t they tropical birds? Chicago? Really? But I have seen them at the Botanic Gardens and even once in our yard. They … Continue reading

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Reveling in the ephemeral abundance of flowers

Our crab apple is flowering, more buds than we have ever had before. It literally looks like it is covered in snow. All grown from a volunteer seed that a volunteer bird ate inside a nearby crab apple and deposited in … Continue reading

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Ducks Gone Wild!

When we entered Anderson Japanese Gardens today, the image above was what we saw. I know the ducks were feeding, but seeing their duck butts in the air, in unison, was very funny to me. Verily like a water ballet. … Continue reading

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July morning

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Spring sunrise

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Aesthetically practical, liberally inclusive, utterly magical

Though it has been long suspected, it has finally been scientifically proven that birds fly in a V-formation to take advantage of the updraft of the birds in front. Steve Portugal, a researcher at the Royal Veterinary College in London, … Continue reading

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“Praise Them” by Li-Young Lee

The birds don’t alter space. They reveal it. The sky never fills with any leftover flying. They leave nothing to trace. It is our own astonishment collects in chill air. Be glad. They equal their due moment never begging, and … Continue reading

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60th at the Botanical Gardens

A friend celebrated her 60th birthday today at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. She wandered and was joined by any who stopped by to wish her the best. These are some of the images taken along the way.

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A precise and final landing for an unspared sparrow

Between the running of many errands today— specifically between the purchasing of some organic candied ginger at Whole Foods and running into an old student of mine who now, as a grown man, is a screen writer— this sparrow begged … Continue reading

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