Robin Photo, posted 2012-07-31

Robin – The last day of July.  When I was young, we always hated the last day of July.  It meant that the end of summer vacation was nearing.  Soon we would have to go back to school.  It also meant that we were usually heading into the hottest time of the year.  Hopefully that’s not the case this year.  As July wraps up, the weather forecast is for another day over 100 – July has been a real scorcher in St. Louis.  With some luck August will put us into a different weather pattern and things will return to a little more normal.

The heat didn’t seem to bother this robin and his friends last Saturday.  They were really enjoying the seeds (berries?) on this tree.  You can see what is left of one small cluster of these bright red seeds in front of the robin.  He would find a ripe cluster like this, perch by it, and pick off one seed at a time until all of the seeds were gone.  He would then move to aother cluster and repeat the process.  This photo captured him posing between bites.

In a way, it was funny.  The robin was within a few feet of a highly travelled path.  As the photo shows, he was in clear view.  People were constantly walking right below him.  Yet I didn’t see even one person so much as glance up to see the beauty of the robin or watch him feed.  Similarly, the robin paid absolutely no attention to the people walking below him.  He seemed to know they presented no threat.  At the same time, it was a bit sad.  Have we become so immune to the world around us that we no longer see the beauty in the simple things? Of course, this did offer a great photo opportunity which I don’t often get with our robin population, abundant as they are.

You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness – ignorance, credulity – helps your enjoyment of these things.” – Henry David Thoreau

Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.” – Dale Carnegie

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