If At First You Don’t Succeed

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  1. The Tern pic is amazing!!! Loved the Heron too. Loved them all….You are learning great patience my friend! The sun is sort of out, for how long who knows. Not long probably. So I’m out the door before returning to more house work. Have a happy day…Much love…VK ❤

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    1. I happen to favor the Great Blue Heron pictures. That Tern however, was incredible as I watched him dive for fish. I attempted to capture the actual dive but …. blur is all I got. LOL Yes, VK, I am learning patience. Birding is the most difficult undertaking in photography that I have to date attempted. Sun is out here today too so I am out in my gardens. I have ALL my front gardens finished! YAY! Now for the sides and back … groan! Housework here …. needs it desperately. If I get vacuuming done today this house will be lucky. You have a happy day too!!! Much Love to you, dear friend! 🌹🌹🌹

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    1. Dan, I cannot thank you enough for your encouraging words. Capturing wild birds is the most difficult aspect of photography I have ever undertaken. My long lens requires a lot of light in order to work correctly and the AF on my new camera has so many choices and combinations, that I have to figure out which settings are best for birding. May you have wonderful day! Hope the sun is shining your way! It is here! YAY!! 🌟🌟🌟

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    1. Aw, thank you SO much! I was Blessed, more and above then what I could have asked for. I just had this very strong feeling I would be in for a surprise. It is my pleasure to share!! 🦋🦋🦋

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    1. LOL I have a really good book that has step by step instructions on how to set the AF but I have to figure out what settings are best for birding. It would be SO nice to have a verbal assistant on my camera. That too has explanations as what settings are for what, but …. no specific ones for birding. I’ll get it. I know I will. When I feel like this I dive into other things and then go back to my camera. When it stops being fun, I stop. (temporarily) Much LOVE to you this day, Mark! 🦋🦋🦋

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia! Birds in flight are tough! Not only are you contending with a very heavy lens, holding it high, looking up high, but to actually capture a bird clearly ….. yikes! Sorry but I did get a laugh at what you said about how birds usually disappear before you can find them in your lens. I relate! 🌟🌟🌟

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    1. Thank you, Amy! Yes I am more then happy with my camera. The learning curve however is a big step up from that of my 6D. The AF menu is very complex with so many choices and combinations. I’m following a book now on how to set the AF up but I think I will try to find a YouTube video specifically for birding as to which settings to use. This camera is a keeper. I plan on growing with it over many years. 🤗

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    1. Bless you, Anthony! God Gifted me with those two birds, two birds that are not at this park all the time. It was as though they were waiting for me. And yes, patience it is with my new camera. I will get it right. That takes time and practice. Much Love to you this day! 💖💖💖

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      1. They were there just for you. Another one of God’s subtle reminders and nudges that helps us to firmly remain on His path, seeking to live every facet of our lives through Him. To think, He arranges such majestic beauty for us to capture, whether with camera, paint, or pen, in order to convey His message to all….

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      2. I know, Anthony. Believe me, I know. To even think that God arranged this just for me humbles me greatly. Yet if I had not put my shoes of Faith on and gone to that park, those Gifts would not have been seen. I just had this “strong” feeling I would be seeing exceptional things. And I surely did!

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  2. Love these Amy! My favorite is the Heron standing in the meadow grass. I also identify with losing “everything” and the frustration in that but then receiving something so much better!

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    1. I’m so happy you loved this post, Cathy! Loosing something we cherish hurts yes, but then to receive something even better …. well! That’s truly a Gift! Much Love to you! 🦋🦋🦋

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  3. Oh my oh my, I love the picture about that bird in the air❤️Wow, it is really lovely art.
    I can watch the picture and I can feel goosebumps, but the best part is, I am flying with the bird far out in the world on new adventures.
    Thank you Amy for sharing🌹
    I wish you a lovely day🦋
    Bless you🙏🏻💞

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    1. Lillian, I could stare at that picture too and feel myself flying high right along with that Heron. Thank you for sharing how you felt as you viewed this post. I am touched. I hope your day was a great one as well! Much Love to you, dear friend. 🦋🦋🦋

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  4. Wow you did an excellent job AmyRose I love these. I’ve seen the little bird you are having trouble identifying I think it’s a female because males usually get all the bold colors. Such beauty is found here AmyRose I love your spirit of adventure! ❤ ✿✿✿

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    1. That little bird has been all over this park, so many of them! And darn it I can’t seem to find its name in my bird book. SO glad you came by again to see this post, MM. My intention is to ignite my spirit of adventure in those who do come so they too know what it is like to have “fun”. Bless you for your comment …. It meant a lot to me. What you see here is my Heart. Much Love to you!! 🌟🌟🌟

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  5. Bless your dear soul, Amy! All we need is right here for us. Your captures are stunning and the love you put into your photos is incredible and we can feel it!
    I hope that you are well…I was up north for a little while and I only saw the sun 2 days!! Praying for spring to arrive and then…oh! Can’t wait to see what you will be up to!!
    Sending lots of love and light ❤

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    1. Oh, wow, Lorrie, what a comment! THANK YOU! I so do LOVE what I do and I derive so much Joy when I share what I Love. And yes, it has been a very miserable Spring in the Northeast. Cold, wet, VERY wet, and extremely grey. I can count on my one hand how many days we have had sun in the whole of Spring! Sending you much Love and Light in return, dear friend!! 🌟🌟🌟

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      1. Lorrie, it has been so wet and grey here this Spring yet in spite of that, I have managed to find magic. When everything really begins to unfold with the oncoming warmer weather, I am SO THERE! 😁💜

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    1. Thank you so much, Michael!! I am so happy you stopped by to see my photos. I was given such a great Gift that day, one that I won’t forget for a very long time to come!! 🦋🦋🦋

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    1. Oh wow, Erika! You really are a “sensitive” to be able to FEEL what you wrote. I’m impressed and so very humbled that my objective has been accomplished. What Mother is Gifting to me I am sharing in hope that others will Fall In Love with Mother like I have. Yes! Life in pictures! Perfect!! 💖💖💖

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      1. I’m sharing something with you that I think I will be writing about. I’ve seen so clearly that time and all the “structures” man has created to obtain order truly does not exist …. ONLY Nature exists as All That Is. When I step into Mother’s Wonders, the “fake” world disappears and the Real World appears. I’m learning how to ignore the clock in order to flow with Mother. I succeed some days more so then others, but the more I practice, the more proficient I will become. I feel so much Peace when I look out my window, for example, as I am washing morning dishes, as I watch the action at my bird feeders. I want to be free like the birds and animals …. just to BE. 💜💜💜

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      2. Oh, Amy, you stroke a chord inside of me with what you wrote here. I experience nature as the only thing I can really align with. It doesn’t work with any other thing or activity. Nature also in relation with our personal nature makes happen in me what you described. Since we gain our energy only from that I agree with your observation and experience that, in the end, only nature is the persistent energy and creation. Awesome, Amy. Looking forward to your post. Please let me inow when you publish it. I don’t want to miss it😊💖🙏

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      3. Ditto ditto ditto …. It is Nature that heals, Erika. At least it is for me. And to feel as I do … Bless you for understanding! May the whole world come to our understanding! I have so many ideas running around in my head …. I honestly don’t know which one my Heart chooses. As of right now I am writing these ideas down … for so long I was on empty. Now? Explosion! LOL Sending Much Love to you!! 💜💜💜

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      4. Yew, I totally hear you, Amy. So many ideas in my heart which fill me. Now it is up to my head to find ways to realize them. For now some obligations are still in my way but working on it😉
        Have a blessed Sunday💖

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      5. Erika, I just wrote the post and it is published. I entwined two of my ideas into one post. I always have obligations but I manage to step into my creative side in order to survive. Have a blessed Sunday!! 💜💜💜

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    1. Thank you, YellowCable! That day was magical. I was stunned the very two birds whose pictures I had lost, were again at this park. These birds are not normally seen a lot there so to be there the same day (again) that they were, blew me away. SO glad you enjoyed this post!! 🦋🦋🦋

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    1. That’s a really good guess, Eliza. I know the picture is not that great. This bird is larger in size then a sparrow with a beak almost like a Grosbeak. I’ve looked and looked. I’ll start asking photographers the next time I’m at this park. I saw these birds all over the park the past few days I’ve gone there. Thank you for the link and thank you for trying to help me. 🦋🦋🦋

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  6. I don’t know if you get House Finch where you are but supposedly they can exist as yellow birds rather than the familiar red. Sorry, that’s all I can suggest. You’d do best to keep your photograph on the camera and to ask a local birdwatcher.

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    1. I am keeping a picture, John, to get help from the expert birders that go to this park. I thank you for you input, however. At least you tried. I tried too without much success. I’ll find out what that bird’s name is yet!! ☺️

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  7. Amazing photos Amy! What you captured is beautiful! I really enjoy seeing these birds caught on film in their daily living. You started taking wildlife pictures not too long ago and I wouldn’t know it. Very impressive – thank you!! The GBH in flight and the cute Yellow Warbler . . . 😀. Have a great weekend! Much love, Donna

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    1. Aw, thank you, Donna! I am floored by what you said! When I embark on something I put my entire self into it. I’m also a fast learner. Hubby gets frustrated with how I learn so “fast” because it takes him much longer to learn. I do not take this aspect of myself for granted. I am SO grateful that I am able to do what I do and how I do it. Now there are certain subjects I do not grasp …. foreign languages, engineering, politics (LOL). May you have a great weekend too! I’m off to a glorious start, getting good news at my GP’s office today. Yes I am very much on a Healing Path. (smile) Much Love to you as well! 💜💜💜

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  8. Astounded and Stunning!!
    You really help me look at these gifts the way they should be looked at – with amazement and awe.
    That is another thing to learn from you – You really own your gifts, I love that. I tend to create distance from my gifts as if stay humble but I actually stay small because of that tendency – not really allowing my expression to the fullest.

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    1. YES! Astounding and stunning I agree! And yes I do own my Gifts. That was a journey, one I am still traversing upon. I encourage you so much to embrace FULLY your Gifts. This is not in contraction to humility. No. Humility is attitude. Embracing fully your Gifts is Gratitude at its highest. You deserve to stand tall and “proud” of who you are and what you do create. This is uniquely yours. No one can take that from you except for you. Staying small and staying humble are two radically different things. You were meant to fly high and reach the sky! This is not a deterrent to humility. I call it ego-less pride. (smile) … Self-Realization. Much Love to you! Go grab your Talent and expose it to the fullest! Fly, dear friend! Fly! 🦋🦋🦋

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      1. I need to read your words every day to practice and embody 🙂 Such positive inspiration and wisdom you have given me … I am actually wanting to shy away from, staying small is my comfort so I am calling it humility. This is the direction of my growth then that I need to embrace. Thank you. Thank you so much.

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    1. Julie, I couldn’t agree with you more. That new green is intoxicating. It lifts me so high I don’t think my feet touch the ground. Yeah, you get it, Forest Fairy. May your weekend be great too, dear friend. I just came in from the continuation of opening my gardens. Now working on the back ones …. I’m getting there! 💝💝💝

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    2. And oh ….. FYI …. tomorrow I will have a very strong message posted regarding the plight of our Mother. I don’t think you want to miss it. Honestly? The words came straight from my Soul leaving me with headache and questioning …. OMG! Where did those words come from? 😘😘😘

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  9. Your photos are heavenly! I have been trying for a few years to get a good shot of a Blue Heron. They are elusive. I think I ought to invest in fishing waders, a better telephoto lens and more importantly learn to still very still. Thanks for blessing us all with your delicious photography 🙂

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    1. From my experience, Kathy, you just have to be in the right place at the right time. I thank you so much for appreciating my pictures. For example I was walking in a forest I frequent quite often just today and lo and behold again I see another Great Blue Heron, this one fishing. You better believe I got some captures! That post is coming soon. I love what I do and I know it shows. Thank you for both appreciating my photography and for leaving such a warm and kind comment. Bless you! 💜💜💜

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  10. Sorry to hear you lost some of your pictures Amy, But that heron is something else.. Beautiful captures all of them..
    You know Amy, I am always impressed with your skills behind the lens, but you just keep getting BETTER and BETTER…
    Wonderful ❤
    Sending love ❤

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    1. I am over the loss of those pictures, Sue, for Mother has given me far and above Miracles that have more then made up for that loss. I am stunned by what Mother is allowing me to witness! I am improving for several reasons, one of them being that here I get so much encouragement by all those who stop by, and by doing so, I do my ultimate best to give them a Beauty that touches their very Soul. I am very moved by your compliment. Thank you!! Much Love to you! 💜💜💜

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