“Nature is the art of God.”

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“Study nature. Love nature.” — UnknownIMG_0561

“Stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

IMG_0560_1“Let me be as a feather, strong with a purpose, yet light at heart. Able to bend. And tho I might become frayed, able to pull myself together again.” — Anita SamsIMG_0559

 

 

 

“It’s not enough to have the feathers. You must dare to fly!” — Cass van Krah

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“May your heart be light as feathers. Give me the strength to fly away.” — Unknown

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“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” — Emily Dickinson

 

 

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The American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) has a sturdy bill and expandable pouch that are so large that this bird has an almost comical appearance. The brilliant white plumage contrasts strongly with conspicuous black primary feathers, pale orange legs and feet, a pinkish bill, and a yellow patch around the eye.

Pelican feather photos by Mary O’Connor © 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When someone you love becomes a memory,

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that memory becomes a treasure.” — Unknown

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“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” —  Aaron Siskind

 

 

 

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Photos from our family album, circa early and late 1940s, my Uncle Al, Aunt Miriam, cousins Mac and Diane.

“How far you go in life

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depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” — George Washington Carver

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Mother and child, Tanzania, Africa, photo by Mary O’Connor © 2013

“Every moment is a golden one

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for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” — Henry Miller

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“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” — Jack Ma

 

 

 

 

 

Florida’s tabebuia trees erupt each spring for a short two to three weeks in a madness of blazing-yellow blossoms, painting the landscape in what some liken to the brush work of an hallucinating artist.

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Tabebuia blossom photos by Mary O’Connor © 2015