WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

25 January 2013

Lens:

1. Christmas Cactus, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Christmas Cactus, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Reflections, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens

2. Reflections, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens

2. Peregrine Falcon, Nikon DSLR, January 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens

2. Ishta Tanka, Peregrine Falcon, Nikon DSLR, January 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens

Pens:

Love is the theme of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.  While there is an instantaneous reflex that lingers on family, friends and pets, each of us are driven by our emotions and passions for non-human relationships too.

As I began his post, I decided that my entries would focus on my devotion to nature–nature as inventor, nature as artist, nature as innovator, nature as healer, nature as provider, nature as mystic, nature as wizard, nature as motivator. For me Mother Nature is the quintessential master of the universe. We are dependent and interdependent upon her knowledge and wisdom. It’s too bad that “we” do not listen with more heart and soul.

I’ve had a love affair with her forever. Whether it’s through daily walks, wildlife preserves or simple watching my menagerie of birds at my feeding stations, I am a follower. Honestly, she inspires me.

In the Lens section are three photographs that were taken at the end of 2012 and this month. Each has an element of that love, that devotion, that reverence. Image one replicates the bliss that I experience at the sight of a newly-formed blossom. The Christmas cactus is a brilliant deep pink–a pink that kept me starring. Image two is one of my favorite pastimes: pondering reflections and honoring their staggering beauty and whimsy. The last photograph is Ishta Tanka, a male peregrine falcon. It has been recuperating at the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc., which is a nationally- recognized care center for birds.

Ishta Tanka (means “great eyes” in Native American) lives outside in a huge cage. I spent a long time simply being in the presence of its magnificence. This species was removed from the endangered list in 1999, and that’s precious news. Please click here and learn about this organization that is a consummate agent for nature’s birding population.

Thank you WordPress for giving me a chance to brag about my feelings for the wonders of the world, which are wrapped in nature’s bounty and ready for our discovery.

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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22 Responses to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

  1. eof737 says:

    Your photos are phenomenal… I enjoyed your approach too. 🙂

  2. Fossillady says:

    I loved your wise words in the paragraph about what nature is to you! Just beautiful and I agree we should all listen to her with more heart and soul indeed!

  3. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    Beautiful post. l love nature. l travel to explore more of nature’s beauty. Thank you for sharing. jalal

  4. Our word nature comes from Latin natura, based on the same root nat- that we have in words like nativity and natal. The original meaning of nature, as defined in the Oxford Latin Dictionary, was ‘the conditions of birth… as determining: a) physical characteristics b) character, ability, etc. c) status, relationships, etc.’ From that came the sense ‘the power which determines the physical properties of animals, plants, and other natural products.’

    I think of nature in etymological terms as ‘the way the world was born,’ or you could add ‘the way the world keeps being born.’

    Those are some natural thoughts for a Monday morning as the week is being born.

  5. Beautiful my friend. Thanks for sharing your heart’s passion. Nature calms and heals our soul. From the soothing waters to the joy of a wonderful bloom, Nature brings about happiness that no money can buy. Have a great weekend.

  6. marialla says:

    FANTASTIC PICTURES – FANTASTIC LOVE STORY!!! NATURE IS THE GREATEST “LOVER” OF ALL!!! THANK YOU FOR BOTH!!

  7. EvaUhu says:

    number one is great – the tiny details, the vibrant colour, really magnificent!

  8. Veronica Roth says:

    I so agree with you. I’ve got a huge love affair with nature myself and can’t stop photographing aspects of it. Well done you. 🙂

  9. Jo Bryant says:

    the falcon shot is stunning…I really love it

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