Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

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IMG_6033-2     What is companionable?  Companionable is a way of life.  Simply put, it is kinship with other life.  A favorite book of my mom’s entitled Kinship With All Life by J. Allen Boone sums it up best:

“All life, regardless of its form, classification or reputation will respond to genuine interest, respect, appreciation, admiration, affection, gentleness, courtesy, good manners.”

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“If you would learn the secret of right relations, look only for the good, that is, the divine, in people and things, and leave all the rest to God.”

I’m an animal lover.  Animals are my friends.  People who love animals are my friends.  And I’ve learned a thing or two over the years:  People who are kind to animals are generally the kindest to people.  Like animals, they don’t make judgments based on race, political persuasion, orientation, success status, or any other which way you can sort and separate the human race.

Companions in life are not the same as lovers; they are simply at their core: love.  Love without limits, without expectations, and without fail.

When I photograph animals, I am rightly reminded that love exists not just in the human world, but in their world too.   We all need a good companion in life–a person or an animal who understands us, someone who is simply there when life is tough!

May you find, see, and experience the joy of a good companion today!  For they are where we find our solace and our strength!

“How we need another soul to cling to.”
Sylvia Plath

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.”
Mark Twain

“I want some one to sit beside after the day’s pursuit and all its anguish, after its listening, its waitings, and its suspicions. After quarreling and reconciliation I need privacy–to be alone with you, to set this hubbub in order. For I am as neat as a cat in my habits.”
Virginia Woolf, The Waves

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent friend.”
Franklin P. Jones

Quotes from Goodreads.  Photos taken at Sylvan Heights Bird Park – Scotland Neck, NC and NC Zoo in Asheboro, NC and at our home (baby Robin and our dog Marley)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Scarlet Ibis by Liz GrayWhere do you fly away to when life becomes too stressful?  Let me tell you about a beautiful place in NC that can only be described as one of my personal “Seven Wonders” of my world at least.  It is a waterfowl sanctuary in Scotland Neck, NC called “Sylvan Heights Bird Park”.  It is the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the world and is twenty-six acres of sheer beauty.  You will see beautiful birds and flowers and everywhere you turn  you’ll see beauty and have a chance to see the birds.  If you go to the Landing Zone, you will have an opportunity to feed them as well and let them land on you, and believe me they will land on everything: your shoulders, your head, and your shoes, especially if you have laces.

If you are an avid bird watcher or a professional or hobbyist photographer, this is one of the nicest places I’ve ever seen.  It takes about a half day to really appreciate it and you will love the personal attention from the staff towards you and the birds.  Put this  place on your bucket list!

IMG_0034I took this picture of a peacock thru a chain linked fence. He displayed his beautiful feathers for about 10 minutes!

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IMG_9828My young son had up to five birds land on him in The Landing Zone

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Peek-a-boo!

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