This is a photo I took (through the window) of a blue jay playing king of the hill on the suet feeder this morning.
So what does it mean when you see a blue jay in your yard?
In animal symbolism, the blue jay resonates truth, faithfulness, and solidarity because they are vigilant in their tasks. They also keep the same mate for life, which is symbolic of endurance, patience and loyalty…. In the spiritual realm, the blue jay speaks of clarity and vision.
I came across this video I took of my beautiful Hibiscus plant during the summer. As I watched the video, admiring the beauty of the blossom and the birds singing in the background, I found myself longing for summer.
The high in Minnesota today was a whopping 21 degrees, and the projected low tonight is 7 degrees. It’s currently 9 degrees; and the cold, harsh reality is that winter hasn’t even officially started yet.
Longing for summer, in Minnesota.
I had a few videos of the ducks that I wasn’t sure what to do with. This is what I came up with.
This is a video I put together of some of the total solar eclipse photos I took when I went to Nebraska in August. There were definitely clouds to contend with; but for those of you that were not able to see it, I think this will give you a pretty good feel for the overall experience. I hope you enjoy it!
You may remember my video post from a week ago of the snow falling delicately on the burning bush. What a difference a week can make! By the end of this video the snow is coming down so hard, it looks more like a waterfall than it does snow!
This is a photo that I took of the moon as it was setting yesterday. Even though it was hazy, there was just something about it that I liked. So I decided to share it with my friends on Facebook.
Last night I was completely overwhelmed when a friend of mine that I went to high school with contacted me, asking to have an enlarged print of this photo made for her to hang in her home. My friend is an incredible photographer and her daughter is a professional underwater photographer. I share this with you so that you can understand why I was so overwhelmed by her request. Especially since I almost didn’t share the photo, because it wasn’t “perfect.”
Having been raised by a perfectionist, I have struggled with perfectionism my entire life. But I’m learning to tell myself that if even just one person likes a photo that I post, then it was worth the risk. What risk, you ask? The risk of facing negative criticism. It’s especially difficult when you struggle from the long term effects of perfectionism.
I have come to believe that the reason so many artists are never truly appreciated until after they are gone, is due to perfectionism. You always hear stories about someone finding private works that the artist created, that no one else has ever seen. I believe that’s because they didn’t think their work was good enough. It’s an absolute shame that this happens.
So I wanted to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you that have encouraged me through the years. It sincerely means a lot to me.
I had a little Halloween fun with this video footage of the full moon I took earlier in October. Happy Halloween!
Here’s a few Halloween designs I created from full moon photos I took this past summer.
As I was waiting for the garage door to open, I looked out my side window and noticed how beautiful the snowfall looked against the burning bush background.
I definitely have a lot of different wildlife show up in my back yard; but NEVER a Helmeted Guineafowl! I looked outside the other day and this thing was running around my back yard and stirring up all the geese in the creek. So I ran outside (with camera in hand) to get a closer look. “What on earth is it?” I thought to myself. After taking several photos and a short video, I went inside to do some research to find out what it was. I posted a photo of it into Google and it came back with Helmeted Guineafowl.
Guineafowl are birds within the order of Galliformes, which also includes such birds as turkey, grouse, chickens, quail and pheasant, along with a few others. They are native to Africa and the most common of the Guineafowl, the “Helmeted Guineafowl” have been introduced in many other countries around the world, including the United States. Here in the U.S., the Helmeted Guineafowl can be found in many of the warmer states of the central and southern regions.
All I can say is that it looked strangely out of place running around my back yard in Minnesota, and the geese were much happier when it was gone!