Saturday, November 8, 2008

Neighbor to the birds

Ever since we built our log home in northern Michigan, I feel a different relationship with the birds than I do at our place downstate. I love the birds in the suburbs no less, but I feel closer to them when I am up in the woods - in what I perceive to be a more natural setting.



Reminds me of a passage in Walden:

"…for I found myself suddenly neighbor to the birds; not by having imprisoned one, but having caged myself near them. "

- Henry David Thoreau




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21 comments:

Denise said...

What a lovely passage. I couldn't agree more.

Leedra said...

Love the quote, so true.

The chickadee pose is asking to be made in stained glass. Better pose than the birding books I have. Don't you wonder sometimes who made those photographs?

Art and Poetry said...

I agree it is a lovely passage and you have some lovely bird photos on your blog!

Deborah Godin said...

Great quote, and a spectacular cabin - who wouldn't love being "caged" in that!! I sure miss chickadees - by some strange ornithological twist of fate, we don't have any here (my place is about 2 km from Point Pelee, so go figure!). The park ranger says that he has seen one or two, and they might slowly begin to populate the area. Come on, little 'dees! A number of years ago my friend in Farmington Hills said all the chickadees in the area got wiped out, they think by some virus or other, and had to rebuild their population slowly.
But for some reason they haven't got themselves established here in S. Ontario yet.

Tina said...

That quote certainly creates the mood for seeing your beautiful bird photos and your home away from home log cabin nestled away on the shore. Very nice!

Salty said...

What a lovely place!

A pretty cabin and birds galore, what more could a person desire!

Have a great weekend
Salty

Jessica said...

I love that saying and how appropriate for your log home! You need to frame that one.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Looks like a lovely home and the perfect place to be a neighbor to the birds.Enjoy.

Charli and me said...

I love that quote! Your bird pictures are so wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Love the Quote!!!!! And of course, I love the sweet little noisy chickadees!!!! They keep me entertained!!!

Gardener's Garden said...

Beautiful photos and quote and of course I love that wonderful log home.

Jayne said...

I love that quote! It's so true, isn't it? :c)

Eve said...

A beautiful home and a wonderful quote to go along with it Shelley!

kjpweb said...

I see you moving there for good! ;)
Cheers, Klaus

Willard said...

That looks like a wonderful place to live and interact with your feathered friends. Good pictures.

Like Klaus, I predict that you will eventually move there for good.

MuseSwings said...

What a beautiful home! I can see why you feel closer to nature and your birds!

fishing guy said...

Shelly: What a neat capture of the birds. Your cabin has a neat setting.

Mary C said...

Shelley, the quote is so beautiful, just as your photos are. And how true it is that we can all feel closer to nature, both flora and fauna when we concentrate on "their" world rather than ours.

Bird Girl said...

I would LOVE to be there!!! And believe me ...I'll be stealing that quote!!! Perfect for all of us bird brains - don't ya think?

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

Your log cabin home and location are stunning! Are you, perhaps, also a bed and breakfast?

:-)

Dark Love said...

That black-capped chickadee is a beautiful shot! The unique morphology of this shot is clearly displayed and the details are marvelous!