The {Serenity} Project – The Bird

“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings.”

There is this bird that sits in our bushes along our driveway.  The funny thing is I only notice it during this time of year.  It just sits there, for long periods of time.  Today as I was getting into the car to run some errands, I noticed it was back.  So I went back inside to get my camera to take a picture of it.  As I was taking pictures, it didn’t try to fly away.  I edged closer and closer, until it really did think I was too close and flew away.

But it will be back this afternoon or tomorrow.  It will stay a week or two or three and I will notice it each time I leave the house, come home, or just walk to the mailbox for the mail.

I’ve only noticed it in the last few years.   Is it truly the same bird?  Why is it here?  Does it know I can have a rough time over the holidays since I was sucker punched on Christmas Eve in 2008?  Is it someone watching over me that I have lost over the years?  Is it just scoping out next year’s place to build a nest?  I don’t have any clue.

It’s not eerie.  I don’t feel afraid.  It’s presence calms me and I find I look for it when I go out once I spot it has come back around for another year.

Hello again, bird.  I appreciate the serenity you bring me this time of year.

roberts-kathy-kathleen-asheville-nc-photographer-serenity-project-bird-2Aperture: ƒ/3.5 | Focal length: 200mm | ISO: 400 | Shutter speed: 1/400s |

(The following image was cropped so you could see the bird more clearly.  It flew away before I could get close enough for a close up.)

Isn’t she pretty?

roberts-kathy-kathleen-asheville-nc-photographer-serenity-project-bird-1Aperture: ƒ/3.5 | Focal length: 200mm | ISO: 100 | Shutter speed: 1/320s |

The Serenity Project is collective blog consisting of members who strive for all things serene.  This month is no exception in finding serenity all around us in this world.  My talented friend Jennifer Carr is next in line.  Follow the circle around to see what she has to share this month.

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  • Wendy - How lovely to have this little bird watch over you. She is indeed beautiful and beautifully captured.ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thanks Wendy ~ she is lovely indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - What a beautiful story, Kathy! He must know how much he helps you!
    Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thank you Lori! He/she is very calming to me. Merry Christmas to you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Carr - I love her! I know we share in our love of bird visitors. I wish you could know her story, but I love what you have created in your mind. And your image is beautiful! The coloring is wonderful!ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thanks Jennifer! I wish I knew her story too, but then again I don’t. I like the story in my mind.ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - What a fantastic story! I love that you recognize her as coming back each year.ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thanks Nadeen! I can’t swear it’s the same bird, but I’d like to think so.ReplyCancel

  • Nina Mingioni - love your image and your story, Kathy. Merry Christmas – I hope it’s a safe and happy one <3ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen Roberts - Thank you Nina! It was a happy Christmas ~ hope yours was too!ReplyCancel

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