Saturday, December 27, 2008

Fox Sparrow and Song Sparrow of the Pacific Northwest



I was hiking in the snowy woods the other day and I noticed a group of birds digging enthusiastically in the snow to reach the ground in search of food. They turned out to be the Sooty variety of Fox Sparrows. Then one turned up at the feeder soon afterwards. I don't tend to see a lot of them because they are often living their days fully in dense brush. In the bottom photo is the pacific northwest variety of the Song Sparrow for Comparison.

When we find ourselves digging diligently for something in life, just look into the hole as if it were a crystal ball, and ask why am I grasping for something that is hidden from sight. When the answer comes to you, the spell will be broken, giving you the fuel and energy to attain new orbits and vistas with front row seats to this spectacle we call Earth.

11 comments:

  1. With seed in tow and snow on beak - you made quite an interesting picture - really love the feathers on this bird, too! Thanks for the comparison shot!

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  2. Great comparison shots Bernie. Why does it seem as if us humas are never satisfied? Why can't just accept each day for what it is and see the beauty of our surroundings and life itself?

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  3. Hi Joan,

    I think it is because most people are living in a state of ego consciousness where life is lived by what we have learned yesterday, where what we have liked, took, and added into our belief system, has been woven together to create a story that people have lost themselves in. In other words, they have lost their souls. They have been hijacked. Whereas, if people were to live more in the true moment, they would be living out of a Heart based consciousness. This is a reality lived where we feel and live and respond to the moment based on the feelings we are getting from the expereince we are having in the Now. It is a realm of empathy. It isn't compared to or judged with anything the ego has developed in defining itself. It just accepts with love what is presented in the here and now. The past is fully dissolved and forgiven.

    It's what I see, but what I see and how I tell the story is evolving too. :)

    bernie

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  4. Great shots. I wish I could capture birds as well as you. MB

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  5. You know i think you're a genius Bernie,

    The photos and the words are so beautiful,

    With love, Maithri

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  6. We get the song sparrow here and sometimes the fox but I seldom have a camera when they are around. These are nice shots.

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  7. Interesting to see how the birds manage in all that snow you've been having over your way!

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  8. Oh i would love to paint this chubby little fellow!...

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  9. I enjoy each moment as it comes, for better or worse, each a part of the tapestry of our lives. Can it be any more real than that? I never look back, what difference will it make!! I don't anticipate the sun coming up tomorrow, I patiently wait for all the things to happen between now and then, and enjoy the sun when it does arrive in its own time. I enjoy your outlook on life Bernie. Thanks for sharing these insights.

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  10. Sparrows are my favourite. And Piaf is my favourite French Artist.

    Happy New Year to you !!!!

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