There’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with Earth. Our personal and collective happiness and survival depends on it. Thich Nhat Hanh
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore
Impossible to choose a favourite sunset out of my Sunrise, Sunset & Clouds that come in betweenfolder so here’s a small selection of sky colours I’ve seen over recent years. Some of the best were from my current apartment balcony (before they built that eyesore of an apartment block on the cliffside opposite my building).
Before that construction, I could (literally) see most sunsets from my desk (in front of my floor-to-ceiling lounge windows).
FROM MY 3RD FLOOR BALCONY (I THINK)
FROM MY 3RD FLOOR BALCONY WHILST LIVING IN ABBOTSFORD
FROM THE OBSERVATORY NEXT TO THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS IN MELBOURNE – LOOKING WEST
FROM MY CURRENT APARTMENT BALCONY BEFORE CONSTRUCTION SPOILT THE VIEW
FROM MY CURRENT APARTMENT BALCONY
LOOKING NORTH-WEST FROM MY CURRENT APARTMENT BALCONY
FROM MY CURRENT APARTMENT BALCONY JUST AFTER CONSTRUCTION OVER THE ROAD BEGAN
If you learn to enjoy waiting you don’t have to wait to enjoy
HOUSE SPARROW – young female
SUPERB FAIRY-WREN – male
SPOTTED TURTLE-DOVE in the early morning ‘blue hour’
HOUSE SPARROW – young female again going by its downy breast feathers
SPOTTED TURTLE-DOVE UP CLOSE
I am lucky enough to live in an apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows in my loungeroom and look out onto a large balcony with beautiful trees and greenery as a backdrop.
I am also blessed with visits from the local birdlife as I sit at my desk in the mornings waiting to recover from my December hip replacement surgery. I can walk around now, although my hip and lower back get very sore by early afternoon. I have not ventured outdoors to do any Bird or Nature photography as I don’t want to carry any weight as yet and to be honest, I’m still in a lot of pain from other chronic health issues which the recent surgery ignited.
Sometimes I wonder what I’d do without the birds that greet my day and bless me with their chirping and cheeping. There are 2 regular Spotted Turtle-doves which coo loudly as though to announce their arrival morning and afternoon. They’ve kept me sane in the last couple of years being mostly housebound, in Melbourne’s long months of lockdown and now, in ‘recovery’ mode.
When I eventually get outdoors and we get a cooler summer day for walking, I hope to have some new images to share.
In the meantime, I started this new blog and deleted my old nature blog and am choosing some of my favourite quotes to pair with archival images. Today, I’m bringing you some bird photos I shot with a long lens from my desk chair over the last week or so.