rare bird-sighting brings Sunday serendipity!

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Rose-breasted grosbeak about to take off….

Sometimes there is so much to share that there is not enough time. If I wait a day before posting, then what do I do with the gifts God showers me with tomorrow? In cases like this, surprised with a serendipity to beautiful to ignore, I just have to go ahead and post a second time. There is no other solution.

WHAT HAPPENED? This morning, in the middle of our devotions, something caught my eye and I looked beyond Rebekah and into the garden.

“Rebekah,” I whispered, “turn around very slowly, and look at the bird feeder. Do. Not. Make. Any. Sudden. Movement.”

Meanwhile, I reached for my camera. The bird, much to my astonishment, stayed put. It is a rose-breasted grosbeak. It’s a mountain bird, rare here in the eastern end of the Piedmont. I’ve been hoping to see one since the day we moved to North Carolina.

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there he goes!

My sequence of photographs is going to be from his first peek from behind the feeder, all the way through to “Here I am and I’m proud of how I look” a little later.

Then, while I had the camera out, I grabbed a few more of the other visitors.

Enjoy. Rebekah and I sure did. It was like seeing a shooting star or a dolphin. We are so grateful, and absolutely delighted with God’s good creation.

Peace – DEREK

garden photogrpahy

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Just had time to enjoy this posting! How lovely to see so many beautiful birds at your feeders. Thank you for a bright spot in what could be a dark time.
    Blessings!
    Margaret Marquis (Velva’s pastor)

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