Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

August 8, 2012

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

It is funny sometimes how blog posts come to be.  I realized yesterday that I hadn’t updated about my proposed birding project despite the fact that I have indeed been doing a bit of work on it.  But then, I never want to post a blog post without pictures, and I didn’t have any new bird photos to share.  It was still fairly early in the morning – yeah, 9 am is early for me in the summertime, got something to say about that? 😉 – so I went out to the backyard to see if any birds would cooperate and pose a little bit.

You know what they say about sometimes forgetting to see the forest for the trees?  While I was outside trying for those bird photos, it suddenly struck me that I was doing that.  Yesterday was one of those beautiful mornings – sunny, blue sky with just a few puffy white clouds, low humidity, temperature only in the upper 60’s.  I stepped back a little bit to breathe and take it all in.  I was getting a little dizzy from looking up into the trees and trying to focus on the fast-flitting birds.

When I took the time to be in the moment, I also noticed the cool feel of the morning dew on my toes,

dewy toes

that the moon was out,

morning moon

that the lantana was coming back for a second round of blooming,


and that the squirrel that has been vigorously picking acorns and knocking them out of my oak tree was up to some morning acrobatics.


So did I get any new bird photos to share?  Yes and no.  I saw the bright orange flash of the Baltimore orioles near the tip-top of a tree, but this underside of the belly and tail was the best I could catch:

baltimore oriole

A bird I’ve photographed plenty of times before, an American robin, stayed fairly close for a photo.


A gray catbird also posed for me.  The only photo I’d ever gotten in the past of this bird was hidden among branches and badly blurred.

gray catbird

And I was able to add a photo of a bird that I’ve seen before but hadn’t been positive about identifying and had no photos of one in my collection, a northern mockingbird.  This bird was at the top of a very tall tree, so this is very tightly cropped, but I think it came out okay:

northern mockingbird

So, progress on the birding project: I have a “confirmed” life list of 59 species of birds.  This does not include many birds I’ve seen in captivity such as parrots, parakeets, cockatiels, flamigoes and penguins.  I’m never likely to see those birds “in the wild” so my list would be well over 60 if those were included.  I’ll definitely be bringing my checklist with me to Maine in the hopes of adding a few more “lifers”.

I hope you’ll remember to step back and enjoy a few beautiful moments too.  Summer is quickly passing us by – enjoy it!


  1. This does look like a wonderful morning! Great shots, Karen! 🙂

    Comment by tedgriffith — August 8, 2012 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  2. It is flying by, it always does! This is my favorite time of year and I’m trying to savor every last bit. I enjoyed your morning.

    Comment by Becky Sue — August 8, 2012 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

    • Savor – that is always my word to remember when I am on vacation. Thanks Becky.

      Comment by Karma — August 9, 2012 @ 8:42 am | Reply

  3. Sounds like the perfect morning! Certainly beats the humid right around 80 degree temps we’ve been having, even at the crack of dawn!

    Comment by TheDailyClick — August 8, 2012 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

    • It was nice – perfect would be at the beach! 😉

      Comment by Karma — August 9, 2012 @ 8:44 am | Reply

      • You’re SO right!!! And don’t forget the cute cabana boy kepping the drinks coming 😉

        Comment by TheDailyClick — August 9, 2012 @ 9:03 am

  4. Sigh…a most beautiful morning, indeed. It felt relaxing and energizing just reading your post. I could HEAR the bird song.

    Comment by Kathy — August 8, 2012 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Kathy. And thank you for being one of the people who reminds me to be in the moment so that I can enjoy these things.

      Comment by Karma — August 9, 2012 @ 8:45 am | Reply

  5. Great post and photos, Karen. I will be watching your progress for more. 🙂

    Comment by Bob Zeller — August 9, 2012 @ 9:44 am | Reply

    • Thanks Bob. I hope to come home with some good ones from Maine.

      Comment by Karma — August 10, 2012 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  6. Early mornings and evenings are such great parts of the day. Our Orioles are gone now and the hummers spend their time arguing about territories. I linger on the deck enjoying the breezes ruffling my hair, with my Kat and my Gep. Love your photos.

    Comment by Carol — August 9, 2012 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  7. Yes it’s slipping away. But the birds will be around, some variety of them, all year…that part is constant. Glad you were able to enjoy the moment…love the bird shots.

    Comment by Dawn — August 10, 2012 @ 6:50 am | Reply

    • Thanks Dawn. That’s true about the birds, but sometimes don’t you wish you could migrate with them? 😉

      Comment by Karma — August 10, 2012 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  8. Sigh…yes, just what IS it about August that makes it fly by oh so very fast? Wasn’t it JUST June!??!

    I agree with you about 9:00am being early in the morning for summer…I may get out of bed a little after 7:00am but the critters know very well NOT to expect me out and about filling feeders and cleaning birdbaths at that hour. Some of us just require a little more time to wake up. 😉

    I’m glad you took some time out to experience all the little experiences around you. It is so easy to forget to do that, especially when the weather is just perfect. Your birding project is off to a great start! You will be amazed at how many bird species do visit our backyards, even if just for a moment. I still get surprised! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — August 10, 2012 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

    • Yes, Tracy, I’m sure it was just June and the end of school. Now school starts up again next week! I’ll have to get used to 9 am not being early again very soon.
      I’m finding myself wishing I knew more about bird calls as I attempt to identify more birds. I sit in the backyard and can often hear birds I can’t see, and wonder if it is a bird I am familiar with or not.

      Comment by Karma — August 19, 2012 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  9. Oh what a lovely morning. Thanks for the reminder. To stop. And notice.

    Comment by sybil — August 10, 2012 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sybil. I always have to remind myself to take the time.

      Comment by Karma — August 19, 2012 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  10. Thank you for sharing your beautiful morning with us. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — August 12, 2012 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

    • You are most welcome Robin. 🙂

      Comment by Karma — August 19, 2012 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  11. […] before I left for my vacation, I did a post about remembering to enjoy the details.  I noticed when I went through my vacation photos, that those are what I’d most like to […]

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