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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A greeting & a homage to the sea ...

visiting with friends
at their cottage...
looking out at the lake
I spotted him!
I grabbed my camera.
I did not want to miss out on what might be my only opportunity to get a hummingbird photo :-)
I clicked and clicked
even though more often than not
he was barely visible,
camouflaged amongst the cedars.
one morning
I took my coffee outside
and waited.
I could hear him chirping away
but could not see him.
And then finally
I spotted him.
I had never seen a hummer resting on a branch either.
At home they have always been flapping their wings rapidly in mid air.
thank you Hummer for making my day(s)!
the most gorgeous rock
refreshing mist
I find myself
at the extremity of a long beach.
How gladly does the spirit leap forth,
and suddenly enlarge it's sense of being to the full extent of the broad, blue,
sunny deep!
A greeting and a homage to the sea!
I descent over its margin, and dip my hand into the wave that meets me,
and bathe my brow.
That far- resounding roar is the Ocean's voice of welcome.
His salt breath
brings a blessing along with it.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne
"foot-prints on the sea-shore"


Willow said...

What a lovely post .
It sounds like you had a refreshing and relaxing getaway .
I even felt relaxed after reading it !

La Table De Nana said...

You must have felt taken away..

This is my idea of quiet bliss..
How fortunate you are.

I have hummers..but as soon as I go out to snap..gone..unlike the bees that seem to pose foe me..and the butterflies..

So scenic..so beautiful..
The boat..
Anyways..lovely photos..calm and serene.

Deb said...

hello willow ~ thank you for your visit & lovely comment. it was only a few days away, but left us wonderfully refreshed ♥

Deb said...

hello Monique ~ I have tried for so long at home to get a photo of the hummers with no luck at all, so was absolutely thrilled to have just arrived at the cottage and spot them at the feeder! they made my day :-)

Julie Marie said...

Just beautiful Deb... I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing time... and I am sooo happy you finally got your Hummer photos!... she's a beauty!... ours always land on the perches on our feeders to sip their nectar, or wait in a tree nearby for me to fill it... they truly are "winged jewels"!... xoxo Julie Marie

Seawashed said...

I love that you caught the hummer in flight. Such a wonderful pic. And of course I love the sea and the quote is a favorite.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful verse and I love hummingbirds. they come to my feeder on our balcony, as they did at my previous home. I love hummingbirds. I love your photographs and your verses too.
Love Jeanne

Mereknits said...

Our hummers are brown, not the beauties you have up north, glad you had some lovely time away.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! Isn't it wonderful to watch the hummers and get photos of them? I love it , ours sit quite a lot either on the Ceders or the feeders lol ! Glad you had a nice time . Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

Deb said...

hi Julie marie ~ as soon as I saw the hummers (had just arrived at the cottage) I grabbed for the camera afraid that I would miss the opportunity & thought "wait until I tell Julie marie" :-) xo

Deb said...

Kerrie ~ thought of you fellow lover of the sea ♥
On our 2nd day at the cottage I headed outside to get photos of the hummer ... but after taking a few felt sorry for disturbing him and grateful for the ones I had. I really wasn't sure how they would turn out as I was clicking away & it was hard to see him in the cedars.

Deb said...

how wonderful that the hummers are around your new home as they were at your previous home ♥ they really are magical xo

Deb said...

hi Meredith ~ the hummers were a bit different up north than I have seen in my garden too ... all lovely though ♥

Deb said...

hi Elaine ~ I had never seen hummers resting, they have always been in flight in our garden and left so quickly I could never get a photo. the hummers up north happily sat on the branches looking around ♥

Lynda said...

It sounds like a lovely and restful time away, Deb! Being by the water is always soothing.

How wonderful to see a hummingbird! They've been scarce this year.

Enjoy this last weekend of summer! xo

Deb said...

hello Lynda ~ I can't tell you how excited I was to not only spot the hummers but FINALLY get a picture ...even though they were not the greatest ... I was still thrilled! Tobermory is lovely ♥

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Dearest Deb,
Thank you for such a lovely visit!!
A very calming and comfortable place to visit!
And I am now your newest follower!
Many BLESSINGS, Linnie

Deb said...

hello linnie,
thank you so much for stopping by & your kind comment. so happy to have you following along ♥