Beautiful Blog Quotation: BBQ Love for Kindness Blog 5

Kindness Blog is a relatively new blog established in April of 2013. The welcome note states,

“Just as the name suggests, this blog shares content featuring kindness in all its varied forms. Ranging from the simplest acts of charity performed out of sight, through to the grand gestures of kindness delivered on a larger scale, we are regularly publishing photos, videos, true-life-stories, personal reflections, poems, quotes and other various media that all have one special thing in common…KINDNESS :)”

Obviously, a blog that promotes sharing kindness needs to be promoted so I’m giving kindnessblog.com a taste of Kozo’s at Everyday Gurus BBQLUV by quoting them because I am grateful for all acts of kindness and that includes those who celebrate others for being kind. And no the welcome page is not the quote. This is:

Clearly they understand aloha.

Clearly they understand aloha.

Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote: Desire (for Peace) 5

All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace. — Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

You can click on any of the photos for a larger view. Then you can click the arrow to move between the photos.

What’s your heart’s desire? Is it for peace too? If so, do you think a peaceful environment helps promote peace? I know it helps with my inner peace.

Today I’m grateful for places that help me find my heart’s desire for inner peace and joy, for Ese’s challenge that helps me to find many wonderful quotes, and that I see God’s love all around me especially in Mother Nature’s gifts.

Don’t forget to stop over at Ese’s Voice to see her post and to get links to other posts for this week’s challenge.

Delightfully Different Bird 2

Have you seen one of these?

Have you seen one of these?

This morning started out uneventful. I dropped my son off at a school event and then decided to take advantage of the trade winds by taking a morning stroll with my camera.

It was such a nice day that I  took longer to explore than normal. Yet, I was just about to return home when  I noticed her out of the corner of my eye.

Initially I assumed she was an escaped pet. Still, she is pretty and since I’ve never seen one like her, I was curious. Imagine my surprise when I found:

Abnormal coloration in birds: Melanin reduction « Sibley Guides.

It seems that birds can have decreased melanin causing coloration changes. My bird is likely a Red-crested Cardinal. Read Cardinals not always redbirds | The Columbus Dispatch to see photos of two other birds who have different coloration related to this.

Whether these differences are just a fluke or related to something larger is unclear. Still with humans having more problems with vitamin D deficiency and now birds changing colors due to melanin, it does make one wonder. Could they be related? Will we see an increase in birds of a different color?

Honestly, I do not know, but I do know that differences are okay and evolving is not necessarily a bad thing. Today I’m grateful I saw this bird while I had my camera. I for one will continue to embrace differences. I hope you will too.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns 5

Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks us to notice lines and patterns in the world around us, in nature and things man-made and then to share a photo or a gallery of shapes, lines, textures, or patterns. Be sure to click on the link to see what others are posting.

You can also go to this week’s Photography 101: Shape, Line, Texture, and Pattern for helpful advice from Evan Zelermyer if you need more inspiration. You might want to click on the link either way to see his photos.

This week I’m grateful for the challenge, for nature, and for the chance to see all of the inspiring photos I’m sure others are sharing.