W^2 or W squared for Wordless Wednesday, July 12, 2023
For this week’s Wordless Wednesday, I have a closeup of one of our hummingbird feeders and a bonus, a reverse view with a hummingbird.
Today is the thirty-seventh day of summer break, almost to the halfway mark. Earlier this morning storms rolled through with lightning, thunder, and heavy rain. We need the rain after a very dry spring. The flowers came despite the lack of April showers.
The birds came, too.
Several years ago, I added a few bird feeders to our backyard. It was the summer of ’18 and I was recovering, or rehabilitating, from my first knee replacement surgery. I had been reading the a book Where the Poppies Grow by British author John Lewis-Stempel. I learned about the book while reading a blog post at From Pyrenees to Pennines in one of Margaret’s many blogposts about reading.
Both changed my life. The book and thus the bird feeders and the knee surgeries, in December ’18 I had the other knee replaced. I’ve never looked back.
In the lockdown of 2020, my bird feeders expanded to include hummingbird feeders. I have them at home and at the lake. At first, it was just me, but lately I’ve noticed my wife enjoys seeing the hummingbirds at the feeders as much as I do. I have two feeders that affix to a window: one in the kitchen and one in our family room. In the evenings we will see hummingbirds come to the family room feeder throughout the evening. Sometimes, I can see hummingbirds at the kitchen feeder, but they can see me, so they fly away quickly. I can also hear them behind me when I am sitting on the deck enjoying my morning coffee.
The feeders lured the birds, or more birds, to our backyard. I have come appreciate the color the birds add to the view from the window, the deck chair, or the table in my ‘summer office.’ Also, I enjoy the sounds of the birds calling throughout the day and I grateful for the growth they have brought me.
Today is going to be an amazing day, it just might be a million and six times better than yesterday. So, I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day and get to working on those things that are screaming to be started. Making the days Count, one day at a time, enjoying the color in the world around us.
What makes your view on the world, colorful??
NOTE: If you want to go back in time to 2018, here are a couple of posts from the summer of ’18.