I have written before about my favorite vacation spot to visit in South Carolina. However, I am missing it this year as many of you are probably missing going other places. So I will not whine and be thankful for all the times that I have been able to visit and know more times will come. I wanted to share this little bird that I would see every time I would go. I thought he was a permanent resident until I decided to learn more about him. I found that he also visited at the same time every year…. just like me! The male painted bunting is such a lovely creature. A bird with a coat of many colors. Who knew?
Taken May 2014, Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina, USA.
D50, ISO 800, 1/80 sec f/6.3 270 mm, cropped only
A good sunny day for busy bee’s. Caught two different species working side by side on this brilliant yellow mid-west wildflower. You just never know what will catch your eye when on a walk about. Have a great day and thank you for visiting! ~ terre
Sometimes remarks from other people are so perfect, it is just hard to improve to make them better. When I think of the things that can’t be counted, but that really matter, the first that comes to mind are bee’s and trees. How would our world be so different without them? What would be gone without pollinators? Strawberry jam for one. Maybe everything… I don’t want to find out. What other things can you think of that really count, that really matter to you, but cannot be counted?
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With all of this staying home stuff, I’ve had some extra time to start looking through some of my older images. This was taken more than a few years ago (2007) when I was contemplating whether I wanted to venture into digital photography. Yes, I can hardly believe that something that I love now was met with having to be dragged… kicking and screaming into the new age. I so loved my Minolta SRT101 at the time, which by the way I still have keeping company on the shelf. You know just in case I may need again someday. So being cautious about my investment, I bought an inexpensive FinePix A340 just to give it a go. By now, I had almost forgotten about this camera until I pulled up the file information on my computer linked to this image.
This jellyfish was shot on a quick road trip stop at the Atlanta Aquarium. I was greatly surprised by this image that was captured. Just proof that some fun things can happen even when you are first learning and really don’t know what you are doing. That is not to say that I have stopped learning as that will never happen. So keep on shooting and happy exploring, but with camera in hand.
This has been a very hard month, but especially this last week. We have all seen events that we thought we would never see again in the United States. My heart breaks and all this is so much to process and overwhelming. So please excuse my silence until now. Please join in the many prayers that people will unite, protect, and truly care for one another regardless of color, creed, spiritual beliefs, gender, or profession. We are all part of humanity.
Whether you are doing your part by staying in social distancing, working to serve others or taking care of your family; don’t be too hard on yourself. Be sure to do something today just for you. Maybe it’s fixing your favorite warm drink, opening a window for fresh air or listening to the birds sing… just take a moment to slow down and take a breathe. Be gentle with yourself and with those you are with. Turn off any negative self talk while doing what you have to do. You’re Doing the Best You Can! That’s all any of us can ask of someone, including ourselves. Take care. terre~
Another great teacher and friend of children, Mr. Fred Rogers said that in scary times to look for the helpers. It is true! If you look for the positive amidst the alarming news stories, you find incredible stories of people helping others. One story in my own local community that brought happiness to my heart was when our local sheriff’s department asked for donations of personal protection equipment of masks, gloves, etc to have available for our first responders. Before the day was out, one of our renovation construction companies had donated the needed items! So as Mr. Rogers says, look for the helpers when times are scary. Also if you have extra, please consider sharing with others in need. Curbside delivery or outside the door delivery can still be done even with social distancing. Hope all is well with you and yours. After all, we’re all in this together.
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The hubs recently surprised me with a road trip where I didn’t have a clue where we were going from day to day. We also have in our family sort of a contest to see who can get to all fifty states first. Imagine my surprise when we went here to see where “Build It and They Will Come”! Plus, Iowa is now one of the three new states we got on this trip. This was a very fun and memorable trip!
Nikkon 7200, image/jpeg, ISO 320, Exposure time 1/500sec, Shutter speed 1/500sec, F-Stop f/8, Aperture Value f/8, Focal length 35.00mm, no flash, Edits +crop.
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(American Cardinal, male. 1/1000sec. f8 600mm, Iso 560.)
Yea, after many years, I’ve updated my camera and added a bigger lens! This is one of my first attempts. I have a pretty big learning curve. Thank you all for letting me share. Thank you for visiting and a huge thank you if you’re a Follower! –Terre
“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” –Yogi Berra
Do you ever float through your day and then wonder whatever happened to all of your time and not accomplishing what you had planned? I know that I do this on some days and then have to step back and regroup. The many demands on our time from tending to children, spouses, aging parents, household, and work demands can all add up to more than the 1440 minutes in a day. Wow! 1440 minutes in a day might sound like a lot to some of you, but then not very much to others. Of course, you have to consider if we are taking good care of ourselves and getting 360 minutes – 480 minutes of sleep every night there is a huge deduction. To those who are committed to getting in their 10,000 steps a day, 1440 minutes definitely sounds small! But good news, you only have to take 6.94 steps per minute, which is a piece of cake, right? Oh, sorry, I didn’t really mean a piece of cake.
Everyone has the unexpected appear even in their best laid plans. But when it becomes more of the normal and makes you feel like everyone else is in control of “your” days, then new strategies may be needed.
12 Tips for living “your” day:
Keep a calendar that is reasonable
Have a plan. Don’t just go with the flow.
Make a to do list. Prioritize your list with the most important items that have to be done. Determine those that can wait or move to another day, eliminate those that are not necessary or that you really don’t enjoy
Not everything or everyone has to be on “your” list. It’s okay.
It’s okay to say “No” if it is your own personal time
Eliminate or limit activities that do not add quality to your life (checking email, committing to last minute requests, talking for extended time to negative people, checking social media or texts) especially after work hours
Be mindful of your attention you give to those you are with. Live in the moment
Don’t work consistent overtime day after day, week after week. Do not lose vacation days because you didn’t make time to take them
Share what needs to be done. (Preparing dinner together, laundry, taking care of pets, let extended family and close friends help when they offer)
Plan ahead & organize. (What everyone needs to take for the next day, quick meals on busiest days)
Make “Sleep” a priority. Even if you have the most chaotic day, enough sleep will help you be more resilient, feel better emotionally and physically. You will be able to be deal better with stress and problem-solving.
Make time for yourself. This is not intentionally last, but often that is where time for ourselves fall on the list, if it makes it on the list at all. (Take a short walk somewhere in your day, reconnect with nature, develop a spiritual practice, meditate, be grateful, do yoga, listen to your favorite or calming music, read a good book, bathe with some special body wash)
Hopefully, you can find one tip above that will help to make your days more enjoyable, manageable, more yours, and to end up where you want to be! Thank you for taking time out to visit today.