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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Camera Critters

The Armadillo wasn't the only visitor to my campsite during my
grand adventure.  Although the Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Dendroica coronata) breeds on or near my property in
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and is a daily visitor, I was
simply delighted to stroll into my site
after an early morning hike to find ......


.....who was a curious about me as I was about him.


Maybe this little guy recognized me from Cape Breton
and was wondering what I was doing way down here in TX, too.

I am reminded of a post I recently read by Kim at An Oft Traveled Road
where she introduces the concept of the "beginner's mind"
from the practitioners of Zen Buddhism.

"Having a beginner’s mind", she writes, "means allowing a sense of openness and eagerness to come forward as you make new discoveries or as you learn to apply new meanings to what has become familiar."  (Don't be misled by this - the article was actually about birds!!)

I re-interpret this as being just as excited with seeing the same species every day as I was the first time I was able to check them off on my 'lifelist'.

23 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Nice bird and another species; the Armadillo from yesterday, double wow.

Linda Reeder said...

Warblers are such pretty little birds. It seems that all of them have a bit of yellow somewhere.

eileeninmd said...

Cute shots of the YRW.

chubskulit said...

Great captures!

Three Horses, have a great weekend!

John S. Mead said...

nice shots...I especially like the the second one. Thanks for sharing!

Audrey said...

What a cute bird! You are a very patient woman to be able to take such beautiful photo's.

swamp4me said...

Gotta love a butter-butt! Love your header, too.

Gary said...

Fun to see them somewhere else isn't it. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Marie said...

What a pretty bird and a lovely shot! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

Visiting via Camera Critters

Kyle said...

Love these little fellas. I've been seeing quite a few of them myself over the past few weeks. Nice catch, Karen. :-)

Kay L. Davies said...

Hi - thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I just love the second warbler picture. TOO too cute. So then I had to check out the little boy, and the armadillo (love it on its hind legs!) and then was totally smitten by the turtles in the post about the vultures. Finally decided I really must follow your blog because I visited Cape Breton for the first time last year and loved it.
-- K

Kay, Alberta
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kay said...

Love the expression on the face of the bird in your 2nd photo. I think he's checking you off of his life list!

jabblog said...

It's always good to see familiar friends in unfamiliar locations - comforting, really.
I liked the armadillo in you previous post, too. I'm absurdly pleased that they have the sense to remain in the warm when the nights are so cold :-)

Just Ramblin' said...

Cute little warbler. The second picture seems like he like he's checking you out and questioning if he should know you. Fun, fun pictures. Nola

Johnny Nutcase said...

I love the head-on shot - how cute!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great shot. What a beautiful bird.

Darryl and Ruth : )

walk2write said...

What a cheery sight, that warbler! You know, I think the camera and blogging help us maintain a sense of wonder.

Simone de Klerk said...

Lovely post, lovely words! Really makes me thinking. Thank you.

Denise said...

Great pictures and I think I would be so excited to see an honest to goodness armadillo walk into camp. What fun!

Rambling Woods said...

I like that very much.. a beginners mind and in many things to do with nature, that is where I'm at...

Millie said...

Beautiful pictures.

John S. Mead said...

As a resident of north Texas, I hope you did not get put off by out terribly "northern" weather of late! :-)

Nice shots of the warbler..it's nice to have "friends" follow you about when you travel :)

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog this week :)

Johnny Nutcase said...

such a cute shot of him looking at you :)