Flowers, Birds, Deer and Sweet Serenity

Deer Enjoying Bird Seed

A late morning visitor
A late morning visitor | Source

Beautiful Lilies

My lilies in blossom
My lilies in blossom | Source

Chipmunk Awakens From The Winter

Heads up...Mr. Chipmunk is catching some rays
Heads up...Mr. Chipmunk is catching some rays | Source

A Squirrel and a Squirrel Proof Feeder

My squirrel proof feeder
My squirrel proof feeder | Source

Female Cardinal

A female cardinal
A female cardinal | Source


GOOD MORNING WORLD

It is 6:00 A.M. and the din of CNN has been in the background for two hours now. I am on my third mug of coffee and have read emails, newspapers online, stories by other writers and have left my footprints on their articles. Today the morning air is warm and the kitchen's backdoor is open as I busily peck away like a woodpecker on my laptop. Then suddenly everything comes alive with the beautiful chirping of birds and the songs they sing to each other. The sun is rising and with it, the joy of a new day begins. My feathered friends have brought me a morning symphony circling my ears with unique sounds and happy medleys to jump start the day.

LET THE CONCERT BEGIN

In the audience for today’s grand show are the chipmunks that are playfully chasing each other around the big maple tree. They pause and grab a seed or kernel of corn that has fallen to the ground, before starting up their antics all over again. Their cousins, the squirrels are content with balcony seating as they forage and conquer the squirrel proof feeders. Soon the auditorium of wildlife will fill up with hummingbirds, monarch butterflies, bunnies and the fashionably late deer. The concert of life soothes the senses on this glorious day and I’m elated to be a part of their performances. The confetti of maple tree helicopter seeds spin, twirl and gently land on the plush green carpet, mixing in colors of yellow as the lawn becomes a psychedelic painting. I have been blessed today with a concert hall, art museum and menagerie of magnificence, grace, and beauty. Today is a day to embrace and hold onto tight because who knows what tomorrow may bring.

PAINTING A MASTERPIECE

The artist’s palate is red, blue, brown, orange, white, gray and black, boldly representing the cardinals, blue jays, robins, mourning doves, blackbirds crows, and sparrows. The painting of wildlife before me is a masterpiece. No amount of money can purchase the unique pieces being shown. For you see, this is an open air gallery to savor. The admission fee has been waived as the spectator feasts their eyes on the sanctuary of life in motion. I am mesmerized by how the orchestra pit fills up in such a gradual manner. Around 4:30 A.M. I hear one lonely song and then another bird pipes in and in no time the entire yard is enveloped in the sweetness of nature’s music. The plays and drama of wildlife act out each part to perfection. Not one actor misses their lines in this act of life. Every day the cast receives my smiles, applause, and a standing ovation. There are times when intermission arrives quickly to the cacophony of lawnmowers and weed whackers. However, the assault on one’s senses doesn’t last forever and soon the production will resume.

I'M A FORTUNATE MAN

I am a lucky and appreciative man. Happy is the person who realizes and understands the richness of sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. Gratitude, thankfulness, and serenity have captured me with age and I am elated it found its way into my soul. When we are younger we don’t either make the time or take the time to quench our thirst of all the free gifts Mother Earth has to offer. We are busy finding, keeping, nurturing or getting rid of relationships. Many worked hard at attaining achievements within their careers. We toiled away to literally put bread on the table. We were building or buying houses and cars and raising our children. Our lives were busy and the moments to stop and smell the roses were far and wide. Then all of a sudden we exhale and poof…the children are adults with children of their own and the careers have ended and if you’re fortunate, you share a too large abode with a spouse or significant other. Then there is a knock on your memory bank. “Who’s there?” you ask. Why it is something that has been there all along. Nature, wildlife, flowers, trees, green grass and shrubs in bloom are what adorn my yard and I welcome all they have to offer.

PLEASE DON'T EAT MY FLOWERS

Aside from the animals I mentioned earlier, my backyard has also hosted fox, coyotes, wild turkeys, opossum, woodchucks, peregrine falcons, eagles and even a bear. No one has been shooed away. Instead, it is I who has learned to fence in my vegetable garden, move some plants closer to the patio and sprinkle Irish Spring soap around some other plants. The deer hate Irish Spring soap, but alas I didn’t remember in time and they devoured my geraniums without me even knowing it until the next day.

THE DAY HAS ENDED

It’s evening now and the musicians and entertainers have disbanded and gone home. The air is still on this warm night and the only noise is the din of some nonsensical, blabbering television show. However, within a few short hours, the encore opera with an aria thrown in here and there will start all over again. I’ll be waiting…mug of coffee in hand…with a smile on my face and in my heart. Did you stop and smell the roses today? Will you be more aware of your surroundings tomorrow? If you are struggling in finding your own serenity, my only suggestion is to make peace with yourself and those around you. If you are able to take a few baby steps toward inner harmony, then you too will delight in pleasures the orchestra of life is so patiently waiting to play for you.

WRITTEN BY: DENNIS L. PAGE

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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I've also found that as you age you become more thankful and serene. Throughout my life I've always felt such gratitude and awe for the natural beauty of this world and as I age it just increases. Wonderfully written hub with such an important message - take the time to appreciate the wonders of nature that surrounds you!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

You ARE a lucky man, D! Not only because of your beautiful yard and the natural wonders it brings you - but because you realize it and appreciate it! While you are still able to! that's a rare and underrated gift! Congrats...on both!


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

Your yard sounds like a lovely sanctuary!


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picadilly 4 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

Good morning Mr. D! I read and then sat and closed my eyes and visualized. It looks beautiful in my mind with serenity blessed from the heaven above!!! Thank you so much for sharing your morning with me!!! xo


Jessica 4 years ago

This is beautiful! I loved the way you "orchestrated" the piece, and found myself hanging onto every word. What a beautiful picture you painted for us D. I loved it, and thank you for sharing. I am on my way to your house so I can see the next performance ;)


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Kristen Haynie 4 years ago from Modesto, CA

This is absolutely beautiful! I enjoyed reading it very much. You are very lucky to have such beautiful animals hanging about your yard. My yard (in central California) is visited by lots of beautiful birds, but never any deer or squirrel. Certainly not bears! My area is too heavily populated for them. But I did get a brief moment to experience the creatures that you see, in my reading of this story. Thank you!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is very beautiful. I felt like i was there enjoying the musical melody. I live much the same as you. I feed the birds and watch the rabbits and squirrels play in my yard. I have special hummingbirds who visit daily. To my amazement, three deer crossed through my back yard, plus a red fox. The only downside, I have two and one half acres to mow, but i wouldn't change it for the world. Enjoyed this immensely..Thank you..


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Awesome and up. This orchestra is the true meaning of life and we must protect it as much as we can from misuse. You hub was beautifully done and very well written.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Pagesvoice,

That was a refreshing view of Heaven on earth. And I know how you feel as I live in the country and have a Southern view of Heaven. No Chipmunks, but I do have a family of crows that act like the police of our yard as they chase hawks and eagles away from the birds and squirrels.

Thanks,

I voted up and beautiful.

Bobbi Purvis


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Absolutely beautiful, I thoroughly enjoyed reading - thank you and voted up.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Your yard sounds like our yard. Full of life. Always someone new coming for a visit. Voted Up.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ mperrottet - Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my story. For me, it is a treat to watch the new birth of life every Spring. I get so much pleasure out of the wildlife and the flowers. It truly is my sanctuary.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thanks for your kind and thoughtful comment Ms. L. You know the saying, "The best things in life are free" most assuredly occur in my backyard. Now if I can only figure out where and how Ms. Bunny is getting into my fenced in garden to feast on my artisan lettuce plants...then I'll be able to appreciate things even more. :)


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you GR for reading and commenting on my article. I live in the hills of Endwell and am so fortunate for all the scenery, wildlife and plants that are around me and yet nothing is more than a few minutes away.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Very beautiful hub! A lovely sanctuary of nature you have there, worth more than gold. I too savor the wonderful of natures beauty I try not to take for granted, all around me. So very well put, a masterpiece, for sure. Thanks for sharing that beauty with all of us. There is real beauty in your words too, I love this hub.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

This is such a treat pagesvoice, I feel like i am right there in the balcony seating enjoying the morning show. Thank you so much for sharing your play, your cast of fauna and flora is remarkable and beautiful, gorgeous lilies, and the chipmunk is a star. Regards, snakeslane


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a lovely hub about your interaction with nature. I do like listening to the birds :)


WhydThatHappen 4 years ago

I like how the pace started out slowly, then became more clustered with details, then wound down. By the end, I wanted to hear more about the symphony outside. Thanks for sharing this for me to find, ChristyWrites


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Dahlia Flower 4 years ago from Canada

This was so breathtaking to read. Your wording was flawless and flowing in the most important parts. Beautiful. Voting up and Sharing.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Ms P. Thanks for the comment on my wake up with nature's symphony. I do love great music.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Kristin Haynie...Thank you for dropping by and reading my story. I am fortunate to have so many wild animals greet me on a daily basis and I appreciate their presence.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ always exploring Thanks for visiting my article and your nice comment. Aren't we both lucky to be exposed to such beauty? Believe me I feel your pain when it comes to mowing, but once it is done is there a better aroma than freshly cut grass...I don't think so.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ aviannovice Thank you for flying in and nesting for a while on my Hub. I agree with your assessment that we need to be vigilant in protecting wildlife, habitats and our natural resources.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ PurvisBobbi44...I certainly appreciate you reading and commenting on my personal reflection of life in the backyard. It is heaven on earth and I do love all it has to offer. Heckle and Jeckle (the crows) do have a way of maintaining order.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

"Happy is the person who realizes and understands the richness of sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch." If only everyone could be this happy!

Your hub is a masterpiece of visual affects and sounds. I can almost see and hear the beauty you see out your window. You've written it so well.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ MovieMaster...Thank you so much for the vote up and your comment. It is the ultimate compliment when Hubbers not only respond, but vote an article up...and certainly one that is appreciated. Thank you again my friend.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ moonlake...Thank you so much for stopping by and responding. My friend was originally from LaCrosse, Wisconsin and we share many similarities with our native states, with rural areas, dairy farms, lots of water and an abundance of wildlife. We are definitely fortunate people to be exposed to such beauty.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Ruby H Rose...Thank you for stopping by and sharing the symphony of life and nature with me. I see by your bio that you enjoy nature as I do. It is one of those FREE gifts of life to treasure.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ snakeslane...It is always a pleasure to see my neighbor to the north drop in and leave a comment. As much as I love my surroundings, I also relish in the beautiful flowers and gardens in Ontario, Canada. You make a good point about one of the stars of the show and that little character is Chippy the Chipmunk.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ snakeslane...It is always a pleasure to see my neighbor to the north drop in and leave a comment. As much as I love my surroundings, I also relish in the beautiful flowers and gardens in Ontario, Canada. You make a good point about one of the stars of the show and that little character is Chippy the Chipmunk.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ ChristyWrites...I appreciate your comment on my Hub. I am surprised by the volume and tones of all the different species of birds. Even the deer manage to snort every now and then. I really get a ton of pleasure watching and listening to it all.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ WhydThatHappen...I am grateful for you reading and commenting on my story. The day usually begins with an aria and gradually the cast members start to add their voices. However, at the end of the day the chorus is right back to the aria that started the concert series off. What an awesome experience.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Dahlia Flower...Thank you so much for voting this article up and for sharing it. Your vote of confidence means a lot to me. I found writing this story to be easy as the words just flowed with the rhythm of nature's symphony. We are so lucky if only we would take the time to smell the roses.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ tillsonstitan...Gratitude for your vote of approval is sent your way today. It was funny last night as the sun went down I heard one lonely bird still chirping to a sound asleep audience and then again at 4:30 this morning the first bird started and eventually they were all back at it again. Now I am off to the feed store to purchase their favorite seeds, peanuts and treats. After all, these musicians demand union scale.


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floriferous 4 years ago from Canada

Voted up. What a lovely read, one I can relate to. I drink my morning tea on our back porch every morning from Spring to Fall. I watch the deer cross the lower valley. I watch the humming birds arguing with each other over a particular tubular bloom. I listen to the songbirds. I clear my head and wake up with joy, just as you do. Nature is so calming. Thanks for offering this. It was truly lovely.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ floriferous...I'm glad you stopped in and read my article. Thanks for the vote up too. It's 5:15 A.M. and the birds are moving into high gear with their songs and chirping. I'm happy to learn that you also enjoy the free symphonies of life each morning. The music of nature is a wonderful way to jump start our day.


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gmaoli 4 years ago from South Carolina

This piece is serene and yet full of life. I think we let our every day lives dictate too much of how much we experience...and how much we end up missing. We get so focused on trying to grow up that we end growing older quicker and letting the finer more beautiful things in life like the songs of birds and the scampering of squirrels slip by our senses. We need to take a lot more time to enjoy what we have a around us...that's what breathes life back into us again. Wonderful!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ gmaoli - I'm glad to see you dropped in and left a comment on my story. I agree with you that we need to take more time to appreciate the simple things in life and shed some of the frantic day to day activities that drain our senses. The sound of the crickets last night was almost deafening as they signal the last full month of summer vacation.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

That was so lovely to read and makes one reflect on life, with gratitude. One line that stuck in my brain was: "Did you stop and smell the roses today?" - I'm so glad I read this. You are very blessed...... and love your morning coffee too. 3 Cups. lol.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Lady E...Thanks for stopping by and sharing a cup of morning coffee with me. You are correct. I am blessed to not only have immense beauty and wild animals around me, but just as importantly to be aware of how precious life is. Oh, by the way, I just poured a mug of coffee to sip on this cool autumn morning. Aah, life is good.


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angel4967 4 years ago from Nevada

Where I grew up and my parents still live is very serene like this. Your story made me feel like I was home with them. Gorgeous!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ angel4967 - I'm glad you dropped in and read my story and that it had a homey feel to you. I can't imagine living anywhere else. There is an abundance of serene beauty around the area I live, but with land development it is anyone's guess how long it will last.


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

pagesvoice, you would be very much at home in my backyard! I absolutely love the dawn chorus--it is literally music to my ears. However, all the chipmunks chipping at once-not so much!

I am like you, though. I have learned that the only way to keep the deer and others out of my plants is to use fences, which I do liberally. One year I was dismayed to find that after a particularly heavy snow, the deer had eaten all my holly bushes down to the snow level. When I thought about it I realized they were just very hungry and all that greenery was just a welcome salad to them. But you know what, the next year that holly had doubled in size and spread twice as far. I have learned the profound lesson that Nature knows best! I have also learned to live with it, enjoy and nurture it, and not fight against it.

I very much enjoyed reading this excellent article. Voted Up, Beautiful, Awesome and Interesting. I'll be back for more my fellow NYStater!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

It is such a joy to meet another individual who loves and appreciates the beauty of Mother Nature as much as I do. I spend many mornings (weather permitting) drinking my cup of coffee surrounded by the beauty of nature.


Sarah Goring 4 years ago

You paint a beautiful picture with your words Dennis, I could almost hear the birds and smell the flowers as I read this.


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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

I enjoyed your comment in the gun control hub by Karen, so I thought I would look you up here. This is the first hub I have read of yours, and I enjoyed it immensely. Very well written, and together with the pictures it presents a memory which shall remain in my mind throughout the day. Thank you.


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MarieAlana1 3 years ago from Ohio

Beautiful pictures!


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ grandmapearl, shinningirisheyes, Sarah Goring, Mr. Archer and MarieAlana1 - I owe each and everyone one you an apology for not responding earlier. First let me point out how thankful and appreciative I am that you all took the time to read and comment. I don't know how it happened, but it did. I merely forgot to go back and review this article for past comments and I feel I failed you all miserably.

Secondly, I will be going back and returning in kind your thoughtfulness in acknowledging my work. I will make a concerted effort to do much better in the future.

Thank you everyone...Dennis.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

A truly important message, Pagesvoice. We should indeed appreciate the little things that we have in life, especially the beauty of nature! Thanks for sharing!


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travmaj 3 years ago from australia

Ohh yes, I can identify with all this - I could not imagine life without my birds, not just in the morning (that's the best time though) but throughout the day - it's a pleasure to watch and listen and learn.

I'm lucky to live out in the bush and kangaroos hop cheerfully through the yard. I know we will have to move on - maybe sooner than later, nut how do you compensate for such beauty? I don't know. Thank you for this. Voting up and beautiful.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ midget38 - I'm pleased you liked the message I was attempting to convey in my article. Too many feel they have to spend their way into happiness when in reality all we really need to do is open our eyes, ears, and minds. The best part of doing this is that the price tag is zero, yet the rewards are priceless.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ travmaj - One of the beauties of writing here on HP is when I log on in the morning and find a new person who has dropped by. Today, that person was you and I'm so glad you did.

Wow...living in the Bush sounds so exciting. Even at this stage in life I don't believe I have ever seen a kangaroo in person. It must be spellbinding.

I consider my little piece of earth to be a slice of heaven on earth. No matter how many times I see the deer within a day I remain childishly entranced. My neighbors despise them while I embrace their grace. Aah, such is life.

So now you have moved into your fall season and we are plodding along into spring...my favorite time of year. Thank you for the votes


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

Outstanding subject matter! I related perfectly as you described my morning as well. Although, when weather permits, my dog Bella and I take a morning stroll, coffee in hand (my hand, not Bella's).

You and I are fortunate to have the blessing of a close-up experience right outside the door.

Happy to be following


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ shiningirisheyes - Thank you so much for taking time to respond to my article. You are correct, my friend, we are truly blessed to have such beauty around us.

April 19th and I just got finished giving the grass its first haircut of 2013. I have fed the birds and wildlife with seed, cracked corn, peanuts and bread crumbs. The little critters are alive with spring in the air. Oh how I love this time of year.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Awesome, Dennis. We must be kindred spirits...we and so many others who love the outdoors. Taking time to smell the roses, proverbial or otherwise and enjoying the critters that abound around us enlarges our lives so much. And to share that with the youngest members of our family instills that gift within them as well. Often when we are outside playing my grandson will stop and say, Listen....it's a bird..I can hear it and he smiles from his heart.

Thank you for sharing this with us...I am glade I have found your writings...I will be back..

Angels are on the way Voted up++++ and shared ps


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@pstraubie48 - Thank you so much for the votes and the share. My wife kids me that I've created lazy birds and lazy squirrels and chipmunks because I feed them everyday. I just love sitting on the patio and watching my little friends feed and play with each other. This is also the time of year when the flowers explode with color and the vegetable garden pops with fruits of my labor.

Sharing the joy and beauty with your grandson is something that will carry him through a lifetime. He will know how to cherish and respect the wonder of Mother Nature and all she gives us. Aah, the simple things in life are free.


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

beautiful pictures, i love the squirrel though


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pagesvoice 21 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you. The squirrels visit several times per day. Today I had six deer at the feeders. The extreme cold and harsh winter has hindered their food sources. Hopefully things will start to improve.


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Perspycacious 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Nicely done and observant of the beauty around you.


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pagesvoice 21 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you for your kind words.

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