Rose Hips And Songbirds

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “A Winter’s Harvest 20921” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

I slowly approach the edge of the marsh looking for any signs of tiny green shoots that dare to challenge the ice. Of course it’s still way to early but hope is built on breaking the law of averages. Today the averages win again though and I shift my focus to the blood red hips of the swamp roses. I count the days by the volume of the tiny red beads displayed on thorny perches. They are actually among the last things that birds will forage on and so the more that vanish, the closer we are to a change in seasons. The tight camera angle might leave us with the impression that the marsh is still full of them but a large chunk of them are missing.

Image Titled “Rose Hips 20921b” showing evidence of bird foraging on the hips.

Tucked away in the wetland grasses these rose hips offer songbirds a little privacy for enjoying a meal. Just to the left of center we can see the hips have been pecked at. The brighter colors of two berries and exposed seeds tell me that the birds couldn’t dislodge them from the stems. Perhaps they were a little over ripe and broke apart before they could be eaten. In any case it means that the birds are foraging on rose hips. They will eat a little of them all through the winter but they don’t really hit them heavy until late season when everything else is the most scarce. During the colder weather they seem to prefer a higher fat content in their diet. I think that’s because it’s a higher energy density for them to keep warm.

I haven’t gotten him on camera yet and I’ve only caught a glimpse but I think I heard a Bluebird call near my feeder today. It’s a bit early for them as well but with the recent cold front dipping farther south than normal it’s conceivable that it may have moved out of the way of the front.

That’s it for tonight friends. Good night and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement 2.0

For those who have been following me on Facebook and know of the struggle content providers have to get circulation from big tech I’ve been recommending for people to adopt MeWe as a social media platform. One of the problems I’ve run into on MeWe is that people don’t know how to navigate the platform. So to help with that I’ve created a permanent page on my website as a basic Basic Beginner’s Guide To MeWe I’ve tried to anticipate all basic questions there and You can bookmark the page to have as a reference and if you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me. I do still have a day job and I help admin several pages on both platforms so replies might be a little slow but I will answer you.

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On Peace, Fear And Faith

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “The Fruits Of Winter 11221” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The January sun is bright but cold above the little mountain delta on Muddlety Creek. It’s on days like this that I enjoy the heater in my big blue truck and aim my lens through an open window. As I drift over the narrow single lane my mind mulls over the question “What is peace?” At the moment I feel peaceful with a podcast playing in the background as I take in the tranquility of still waters and gently swaying reeds. But is this peace or simply “peaceful” as in like peace.

I don’t claim to have any profound knowledge or divine insight as to the nature of peace. Only a few things that I believe are true as I search for answers.

Peace is not the absence of violence. It is the absence of fear.

I’ve had too many people who have been thrust into violent situations that say they felt stress and were aware of the gravity of the situation but that also felt that wave of peace come over them and they knew that everything would be okay in the end. Some would say that they were brave and that’s true to a point but..

Bravery is not the absence of fear. It is absence of inaction. If we review the stories of people in dangerous situations we find that they were frightened beyond description and yet calmly handed the actions they needed to take. On a side note, most of these people were not completely confident that they were making the right choices. They just did what they thought would help. Was it their peace that gave them the opportunity to act and hope for the best? I’m sure it played a role but fear was also present.

So perhaps things like peace and fear are not a dichotomy. Like light and darkness we are given a measure of each and it only matters where we focus as to what we experience. Which leads to thought that if fear grows as often described can peace also grow within the spirit of a person? I’ve been told that whatever you feed grows. If we focus on fear then it becomes stronger and eventually transforms into panic. And if panic is the ultimate fear and bravery is action in the presence of fear then it’s likely that action will be in error. However, if we focus on our peace and feed that instead we get clarity of thought and logic. Our actions will then be those that most likely will improve the outcome.

I believe that ultimately our peace comes from the Prince of Peace himself. Namely, The Lord Jesus Christ. It would be easy to point out the uncertainty of the times we live in but the truth is that uncertainty has always been present. For my generation it was the Cold War and the threat of Nuclear Weapons. For the WW2 and WW1 generation it was global combat and starvation during the Great Depression. There has always been a reason to fear. But the same God who brought mankind through all of that can also see us through the current age. So let me encourage you to choose the light and focus on the peace. If you do then it’s more likely your actions will be well taken and you will make it through to the other side.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

Announcement:

I am adding additional social media to my network. Eventually, I’ll be leaving Facebook behind for a multitude of reasons. Even though the Lloyd’s Lens Photography page is strictly non-political I have been restricted from interacting with followers with no explanation for why. But it’s not just that. For years now Facebook has throttled content providers in general. They encourage us to grow our audience and then want to sell us back the access to them. In addition, they collect and sell the data from our interaction. So Facebook has become an entanglement of thorns. In response I have created the Lloyd’s Lens Photography Discussion Group on MeWe. We can still interact directly on the blog but starting today I’ll be looking for more platforms that respect the privacy of my followers and don’t limit who gets to see the post.

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Rose Hips & Winter

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Rose Hips & Winter 120120a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

I awoke to a new world today. The first day of December arrived on time and covered my mountain with a blanket of fresh snow. “You need to get out with your camera.” My wife said gently as she began to give our dog his morning belly rub. Soon afterwards I found myself going up the mountain in my big blue truck. The fresh aroma of coffee wafting up from my thermos is all the more satisfying when the snow is blowing. I stopped by several different places to take pictures and eventually made my way to Muddlety Creek to visit the marsh. The songbirds were huddled in the thickets well protected from the icy dagger like wind sweeping across the open wetlands. The marsh is thick with the swamp rose which seems to not suffer from issues that domestic roses need constant defending from. The bright red hips are the perfect accent amid the tan snow covered reeds. I set the breaks on the big blue truck and roll the window down. The silence of the marsh brings an otherworldly feel to the scene as I snap the shutter. This day will become a snow globe in my lens and all that exists is the berries and myself.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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A Quiet Moment In The Wetlands

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Rose Hips 110420a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The still waters of Muddlety Creek ebb slowly towards the river as the big blue truck creeps to a halt. The beautiful blue berries of the silky dogwoods are long gone and most of purple leaves have fallen among the reeds and rushes. Ever present is the Redwing Blackbird but his notes have no melody in the cool November air. He and his mate exchange simple chirps to keep tabs on each other when searching for the forage of late fall. They’re fortunate to have this place because all throughout the marshlands the swamp rose has offered her crimson yield. If not for the clear blue sky mirrored on the water the wetlands would have no colors to speak of until the new life wakes in Spring. The clusters of red berries dot the pale tan landscape anywhere they can have one foot in the water and the other on land. In brilliant pride the fresh fruits show themselves to birds in hopes of being deposited into unclaimed territory. Their efforts are not wasted. The birds return time and time again to carry off their tasty prize. With their bellies well fed the birds began to collect the soft down of the cattails and thicken their nest ahead of the deep cold that makes it’s way towards the highland marsh. As they settle in together I find that I am ready to move along myself. When I turn my back to return to my truck the male finds that he has one last song in his heart to bid me farewell. I pause to savor the moment and lock it away in my spirit to enjoy during the days of shadow that are coming. Moments of joy are easy enough to find if you look for them. It’s holding them that takes a little practice.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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Tears Of The Rose

Hello friends! Tonight’s feature image is titled “Tears Of The Rose” and is available for purchase by the instructions at the bottom of the article.

The gray sky continued to drizzle rain into the mountains throughout most of the Fall. As I softly tread the wet ground the rose hips catch my eye. The raindrops hang like tiny crystals catching the light of sun.

The longer I looked the more they resembled Christmas decorations. Rose hips were popular winter decor in Victorian times. Especially in rural areas where fine blown glass was not as easy to come by and in a time when plastic decorations were less prevalent if they even existed. ( officially, plastic was invented in 1907 but wasn’t widely used until the 1960s).

Trimming the tree and brightening up the home was a family activity. Instead of a wreath made of plastic pine needles real evergreens were hand crafted fresh every year with the process being a bonding experience. Embellishments often included the bright red berries of roses, harvested nuts and various other fruits. The shared life experience with friends and family was part of the gift and not just the acquisition of stuff.

It comes to mind now that perhaps the droplets that hand so delicately from the red berries are tears. Perhaps the rose misses taking it’s place in the celebration and the families that brought it into their homes for the holidays.

We live in a world where the wonders of technology enables us to do things that our ancestors couldn’t even comprehend. Don’t let it take away from the experience of life. Do things together.

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