“All the uglinesses of the world…


“can best be forgotten in the beauty of nature.” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

When admiring the beauty of East Africa’s aptly named Superb Starling, it is easy to miss the tangled sharp barbs of the Whistling Thorn in which it perches.

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Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2014


“We can always find something to be thankful for,

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and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” — Albert Barnes

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Dark water vernal pond in Gilead (CT) woods, photo by Mary O’Connor © 2014

“I wondered whether water is a mirror for our darker emotions


as much as it is an engine for our happiness. Water quiets all the noise, all the distractions, and connects you to your own thoughts.” — Wallace J. Nichols

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Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2014

“Once again…welcome to my house.


Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.” — Bram Stoker

Enjoy this Day of Thanksgiving!

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Ivy and dried hydrangea welcome wreath, Main Street, Essex, Connecticut. Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2014