Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Time to go ...

It is dark and rainy today
and I hear our mild weather
is departing tomorrow
after clinging
so tenaciously
into this December


my mind wanders


to little birds' feet


 their delicacy


 and intricacy


 as they grasp


 tightly


onto their perch


 until it is time to depart



sort of like my little redbud leaf
small and delicate 
still clinging tenaciously

until 
it also decides 
it is time to go.

I will miss it.

~ sharing with ~

40 comments:

Gillian Olson said...

Reena, wonderful series of photos and thoughts. Thanks for sharing these.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely post Reena.
The mild weather has hung on here, but today it turned decidedly cold, with the strong wind.
I often wonder how these tiny bundles of feathers survive such conditions.

Andrew said...

A wonderful post Reena... it's always a treat to see your wonderful images.

Gary said...

Great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pat Tillett said...

These are all great photos, but the one with the single lonely leaf is amazing! Love it...

heyBJK said...

Beautiful photos, Reena! I love the water drops on the branches, too!

Madi and Mom said...

Birds are absolutely fascinating to watch...now that I'm retired I try to sit outside at least once a day to watch them and learn their calls.
Hugs C

Ginny said...

I love this post! Especially the little song sparrow? at the very end. I have heard that birds feet have a locking mechanism that kicks in when they are perched, so they are able to hold on in the wind and to sleep.

Ginny said...

By the way, when I read your title, I got scared!!!! Didn't know if you were quitting blogging, or really sick! Whew!!!

Arija said...

Your photos are a joy to see Reena. The water droplets and light mist set the scene beautifully. Love it the way the chickadee's tiny foot was not designed to cling to so thin a twig. Great shots all.

Connie Smiley said...

So sweet! Beautiful shots of those lovely birds, and your words are a delight.

dona said...

Your travellers are so lovely, red leaf included.

bente said...

Wonderful pictures you share with us. I love your bird pictures especially and the words that goes with the pictures!. Well I'm a bit rusty in wrinting in english - hope you know what I mean?

EG Wow said...

Lovely birds in your neigbourhood!

lisa said...

What a beautiful series this is Reena!
Our spring-like weather left us just about 6 hours ago.
Snowing like crazy now!!

Kerri said...

Fantastic post! Makes my heart sing!

Brian Miller said...

aw your little leaf is hanging in there...our turn is coming tomorrow too...love the pics of the birds...

Springman said...

What a wonderful meditation you have created Reena! Such a nice rhythm to your pictures and words. These pictures are so subdued and moody but lovely just the same, just the kind of light we have been experiencing here in Michigan.
I have been nursing a Red Bud along for three years now and it finally took off this year, praise be!

Saun said...

Wow, what a beautiful series of picture. I love them all!

Scott said...

Sweet images with a sweet sentiment.

Dawn said...

All so beautiful! Creation is simply amazing!!

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely verse and fantastic birds.

lynnekovan.com said...

Lovely birdy post! Great shots!

ladyfi said...

So beautiful and nostalgic. Our mild weather is also disappearing.

Catherine said...

It makes you wonder how those little feet can hang on so tight during some of those winds!

Terrific images!
xo Catherine

Hilke Breder said...

Reena, beautiful images of house finch, chickadee and goldfinch. Those feet are designed to lock without further energy consumption, but that's not really the point of your post, rather how everything needs to let go at the proper time - thoughtprovoking.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

awww, i don't like it, either... it has snowed twice here, already, & we never get snow before January... strange weather! =)

S. Etole said...

Those little feet are so tenacious in the wind and cold.

AudreyO said...

Your words are really beautiful. Everything, leaves, birds even insects all are very special and unique. I love watching spiders as they weave their webs. It's so fascinating.

NatureFootstep said...

you can really wodner what they are looking at or thinking on. :)

The Egg said...

so beautiful

xoxo the egg out west.

CherryPie said...

Lets hope they hold on a little while yet :-)

Lisa RedWillow said...

Gorgeous . Just gorgeous. The words are like a song. Loved the whole post

beth said...

our birds have literally disappeared. i know they'll come back once there's snow on the ground, but for now, i am missing them terribly......

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Another lovely post. :)

Pat said...

What a beautifully composed, thought-provoking post, Reena!

bon bon said...

oh, poor damp little guys.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

great series of photos!

really gorgeous!

love your bird pictures, reena!


happy weekend!
betty

Oliag said...

This entire post has to be one of my all time favorites! Love the photos...especially of the house finch... and love the words that accompany them:)

bobbybegood1 said...

I think all in the animal kingdom hang on tenaciously to the very end - even we humans. Lovely post reena. Cheers!!