Photography · Poetry

Back Yard Photographer – American Robin

A Robin’s Song

A song is heard in the distance, beautiful and pure.

A song of love, beauty and cheer.

A song to hear at the start of the day.

A song of promise and happiness as we go on our way.

A song in the evening as the day fades.

A song encapsulating how the day played.

Poem by Kim Lawless

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Back Yard Photographer – Signs of Spring

American Robin

According to the calendar, Spring arrived a few weeks ago. I prefer Nature’s signs of Spring. They are much more fun to photograph. 🙂

Temperatures are trending warmer and the days are longer. More opportunities to capture photos of the birds and such in the back yard. Below are photos taken over the past few days. These birds have been in the yard earlier, but this was the first chance I had to capture their photos. Their colors are also much brighter as they are wanting a mate.

Hope you are getting to enjoy nice weather and some time outside!

Here’s a few photos:

Daffodils – the first flowers to bloom in my flower garden
Male Northern Cardinal showing off his colors and songs for his future mate.
Grackle – a bit of a pest, but some interesting colors
Male House Finch showing off his changing red colors
American Robin looking at the sun rise

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All photos are originals by Kim Lawless

Photography · Writing

Grateful for the Local Zoo

Black Sloth Bear

Weather is starting to get nicer everyday and what a better way to spend the day than going to the zoo? That is exactly what my daughter, son-in-law, grandson and I did the other day. We had a great time! I enjoy the zoo even when I’m there on my own, but there is something about experiencing it through the eyes of a toddler.

Our zoo works on the animals habitats continuously – always trying to improve things for the animals and provide educational opportunities for the visitors. Because of this, there is also the wild construction beast or two to be seen. In between stopping to view the animals we also stopped to view the construction equipment. (I think my grandson probably enjoyed this the most.)

Wild Construction Beasts

Even with the excitement of the construction equipment we were able to find a few more animals that he was interested in. Here’s a few of my favorites:

Sea Lion
Ducks and Koi Fish – feeding frenzy
Jelly Fish
Toddler watching Penguins

At the end of the day, both Grandma and Grandson were tired. But we had had a good day – lots of giggles and fun watching the animals. Yes, I am definitely grateful for the local zoo.

Sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact – spread a little kindness and watch the world change.

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All photos are by Kim Lawless


Grateful for Sunshine and Sunflowers

After a season of cold weather and snow like we haven’t had in at least a decade, it is time to enjoy sunshine and plan for the sunflowers. The weather has been teasing us with warmer days and more sunshine – very happy about this! To embrace the warmer days ahead, here’s some pictures of sun shiny days and sunflowers. Two good reasons to be grateful! 🙂

Gratitude = happiness. May you find both.

Have a wonderful day!

All photos are originals by Kim Lawless


Back Yard Photographer – Butterflies and Warmer Weather

Weather can be quite the funny thing. Last week we had negative temperatures and this week most days are near 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). Warmer weather gets me thinking about Spring, flowers and butterflies. Basically – I want some time outside, enjoying the weather and taking photos. 🙂 There is still plenty of snow on the ground, so flowers and butterflies are still a few months away. So flower and butterfly photography will have to wait a bit yet. So I went through some past butterfly photos and picked a few of my favorites. (Is it bad to have favorites of your own photos?)

These pictures have been taken over the past three years, so they are varying degrees in quality. I still like them as there are some fun memories in these photos for me. In the beginning, I was excited to just capture the subject clearly enough to recognize it. Since then, the excitement isn’t just about the composition of the photo but also the quality and the steps taken to get those photos.

I hope these photos make you think about warmer weather and/or some happy memories.

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All photos are originals by Kim Lawless.