How have you been delighted recently?
This is the second installment of Summer Delights. In last week’s Open to Delight post I shared several images of times I was delighted in the past two months. There were so many that I decided to split them up and share some this week as well.
All the images this week have something to do with nature and wildlife.
While I was at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for a week-long photography workshop, I was walking back to my room one evening and discovered this robin’s egg in the middle of the sidewalk. There were no trees overhead and nearby so it was a bit odd that this egg was sitting, unbroken, in the middle of the sidewalk. I kept it safe and warm for a few days but it was obvious that it was not going to hatch. The shape and color are so lovely, my mind is playing with ideas for properly photographing it.
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While at the workshop in at HWS, these baby barn swallows greeted us each time we passed through the door to our room. The parents had built a nest on top of the sprinkler that was directly over the entrance to our suite. Each time we went through the door the babies would peek out at us and the parents would swoop down and scold us for being too close to their babies. On the last day of the workshop, we walked out our door and discovered that the babies had decided to join the parents and fly away. I just love the looks on their faces!
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Have you even seen a squirrel totally chilled out? I didn’t know that was possible. Squirrels are the epitome of constant and frantic activity and chatter. But one day, I looked out my office window and noticed this squirrel just hanging out on top of this birdhouse (we suspect it’s a squirrel house most of the time). He stayed like this for at least 20 minutes, at one point actually hanging his paws over the side in total relaxation. Wonder if he was delighted to be getting an opportunity to relax?
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Another moment that delighted me was watching this wren flitting back and forth among the three houses. It appeared that she had taken up residence in all three. Or maybe she was a bit like Goldilocks and was testing them out to see which was ‘just right”?
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Why is it that we rarely take time to see those gems that are right nearby us? The Root Glen ( a garden and arboretum named for the Root family) at nearby Hamilton College is one of those places for me. It’s less than 2 miles away and every time I go there, I wonder why I don’t visit more often. I did take an hour or so to wander through the gardens and play with my camera one summer day. The garden was in between the lush bounty of summer and the fire of fall but I delighted in just being there and enjoying the moment.
These blossoms are in the onion, Allium, family and I was able to isolate the one blossom with a very shallow depth of field.
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The Bee Balm, Monarda, was just about done for the year, but I liked the look of this one spend flower head and the contrast of the fuschia pink with the green background.
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How can you not be delighted around puppies? The monks of New Skete are world famous for breeding German Shepherd dogs. When I led my first photography retreat at New Skete Monastery, the monks were kind enough to let us see the nursery where a litter had been born just 3 days prior. There was also a group of 4 week old pups and a litter of 7 week olds. Brother Gregory brought out two of the oldest puppies and let them run and play while we photographed. Everyone, including the puppies, was most delighted!
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It’s fun to write these posts and revisit some of the moments when I was delighted. It makes me remember even those that didn’t make it onto a memory card other than the one in my head. And it’s fun to anticipate what the Open to Delight post may hold in a month or so.
In what ways do you think you be surprised by delight in the coming weeks.? We just need to be open to it!