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Friday, 13 April 2018

Small but mighty


As I walked along the road by Grand River, geese rooted for some perceived treasure in a field to the right.





They honked as they worked the field in a leisurely fashion. But a little sparrow made me stop and listen. She demanded attention. 


The tiny sparrow was high in the spruce tree as she looked down over the river.





The bird sang her heart out, fluffed up in spite of the pleasant sunny day, the volume of her song much larger than her size.


Below the road, large birds dominated the riverscape which included the surface of Grand River and its thin layer of ice. The gulls made that seaside gull sound, haunting in a way but welcome and familiar. 




The quacks of black ducks could be heard in the lull of the seagulls, a gentler sound but distinctive just the same.




In the background, geese were in conversation, their geese-speak in the distance sounding strangely like a human crowd.





Through it all, the most impressive was the tiny sparrow, head lifted in song, 




proclaiming her truth to the heavens with exceptional beauty, oblivious to the bigger birds. They could not compete with her melodious offering. That one tiny sparrow was more powerful and effective than flocks and gaggles of the larger birds. 


There may be a lesson here.


43 comments:

  1. You are a good storyteller or at least a natural tour guide.

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    1. A new career as a tour guide? Maybe, AC.

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  2. I've often marvelled at the way a tiny songbird can change the feel of a whole landscape. Well worth stopping every so often to just listen.

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    1. Those small song birds are precious, John.

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  3. Beautifully written and such a sweet and determined sparrow.
    Blessings to you this weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Mildred. Have a wonderful weekend too.

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  4. I love to visit your blog and see what magic you have for me today. This little sparrow has delighted me, along with the others you introduced me to. And I agree that you are a natural storyteller. Thank you. :-)

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    1. Thank you Jan. I enjoy nature and writing. They go well together as you know from your hiking experiences.

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  5. I have hundreds of sparrows and little else. They are cheerful and melodious little fellows.

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    1. They must be an entertaining chorus for you, Joanne.

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  6. awwww, yes, they have a very special song!! beautiful captures!!!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. Their songs are special indeed.

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  7. I love the way you write. A great story teller, indeed!

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  8. I enjoyed your bird photos and the lesson!

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    1. Thank you, Barb. I enjoy your blog too.

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  9. It's cheerful to see these birds out and about.

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  10. There is a lesson here. Fluff up and sing. :)

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  11. This post reminded me of Edith Piaf's nickname -- "the little sparrow" -- small but what a voice!

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    1. Such an impact on the world for one so tiny, Debra.

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  12. Wonderful post I really like this, well done. Have a good weekend Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Your photos of all the beautiful birds inspire me.

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  13. There most definitely IS a lesson here.
    A simple tale, beautifully told and illustrated. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, EC. Your posts inspire me!

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  14. I love your bird picture - well really all of your pictures. Birds and little creatures bring such happiness to my heart as their music and colors show nature lives.

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    1. There are lots of us who love birds and share the joy they bring, Barbara.

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  15. Good stuff. I like how you guided us along with your story. I like seeing birds, especially water birds. I don't see many around here.

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    1. I am not as familiar with woodland birds, Ratty. I would miss the water birds!

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  16. This looks like you had a wonderful day watching the birds. Not so much here today.... freezing rain all weekend and ice pellets. I have made a big pot of chili and I am hibernating.
    Spring is so wonderful.

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    1. The hope of days out and about makes spring very special, Shammi.

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  17. Such unassuming little birds, and could be considered drab - but they do sing their hearts out. Definitely a lesson, Marie! Beautifully told and illustrated.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. I love the spirits of those tiny creatures.

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  18. The sparrow was probably singing for a mate. All of the others have a nice grand family around them.

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    1. I considered the reason for the song, Tabor. I hope he was successful!

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  20. It's great to hear bird-speak. We have a tree-full each night.
    Oh my goodness, are they yappers. It's wonderful to hear.

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