I caught this beautiful acorn woodpecker enjoying the cool, crisp morning before the day started warming up. I personally love mornings. There's a calm, quietness to it, before all the chaos and responsibilities begin. And oddly enough, when we start our morning in a pleasant way, the rest of the day tends to follow.
"Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself."
I really love this time of year. The temperature is never too hot or too cold, the sky is usually a nice crisp blue with clean white clouds, and the sun's increasing warmth wakes up so many beautiful plants and animals from their winter dormancy.
"Just remember, during the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, that there's a seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes a rose."
I had to look it up, but unless I'm mistaken, this is called a White-headed Woodpecker. And I can see why they would name it that. This little cutie was exploring the backyard of my family cabin in the Mount Lassen area while I was back there reading my book. I had my camera nearby and was able to take some photographs without scaring it off. This was my first time seeing this type of woodpecker, and I am thankful to capture the photo and the memory.
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything."
It took a little work getting all the cows into position, but in the end I think it turned into a nice little photo. I've actually photographed this old barn before, but it was in autumn and although it was still beautiful, there wasn't as much color. It was fun to get back to it with so much vibrance. And more cows.
"Each moment of the year has its own beauty."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson