Thursday, March 28, 2013
Life Through the Lens// Nature
Just a happy photo of a lovely blue bird I spotted the other day. Scrub Jay's are awfully bossy, but they sure are beautiful. We've had them in my parents yard for as long as I can remember. Nerd alert... I have a not-so-secret love of bird watching, and I'm actually pretty good at it. When I was younger, my sister Jeni was taking a bird watching class at school and took me along for some of their class excursions. I helped she and her friends earn credit for spotting several beautiful and unique birds, and I've loved it ever since...
It looks like this photo was taken in the fall, but I actually shot it earlier this week. Sadly that once beautiful evergreen now has some sort of disease and will need to be cut down soon... and yes, I truly feel sad when trees get sick and die. It's been there, just beyond the back fence of my parents yard, for as long as I can remember. It's been the home to many beautiful birds, and even a cute little family of squirrels.
I have a theory that everyone has at least one story about a tree they've loved... I know that sounds odd, but seriously, just ask someone to tell you about their favorite tree, and you'll be sure to be in for a good conversation. Usually when I ask someone this question they look at me funny, think for a moment, and then share a touching memory that perhaps they hadn't previously considered. For me it was the beautiful maple in our backyard growing up. I have so many fond memories of climbing that tree with my big brothers, of trying to get our cat out of the tree, and just watching it change from season to season through the kitchen window. It was a very sad day for our whole family when that tree had to go. If you're so inclined, leave a comment about your favorite tree... I bet you have something lovely to share!