Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


  1. Oh...how beautiful! You were able to catch a glimpse of something very special.

  2. How fast kids grow up these days! I wonder if you could get a pic of its tiny iPhone.

  3. Elizabeth, yes it is fabulous, but what the heck is it? I don't recognize the species.

  4. Elizabeth, this is a wonderful find. Amazing you got such a good image too. I thought they fly away from the nest when approached.

  5. This is part of a family that lives in a pine tree at our garden center. The parents built the nest right there, and don't seem troubled by us watching them all the time. I can tell you, they watch us right back! There are two young ones, Huey and Louie, and they are Red-Shouldered Hawks. Smaller, but prettier, than our Red-Tailed Hawks. We love them very much.

  6. What a great picture! You can consider yourself very lucky to be able of taking a picture like that. We can see some Hawks "cruising" above our neighborhood but I have never spotted a nest.
    Thanks for sharing this great picture, Elizabeth.
    Best Regards
    Paula Jo

  7. A very striking photo. Nature hold such beauty all around us. Glad to have found your blog by following the trail the good professor reads.

  8. ...seen on a Red Shoulder Hawk's Iphone:
    Papershell: A Garden - 2 miles south of US59 @ 4802 FM 2218 (as our distant cousin - the Crow - flies!)