“Your Talent Determines What You Can Do……”

“Your TALENT determines what you can do. Your MOTIVATION determines how much you’re willing to do. Your ATTITUDE determines how well you do it.” ~Lou Holtz

How are you optimizing your motivation and attitude to be successful?

Happy Friday!

~Donna

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In Other Bird News……..

🦅In other bird news…..

This beautiful hawk has been visiting our backyard lately. I happened to snatch this photo of him last night while working on a few pics of the hummingbirds.

Field Notes:

Camera: Canon EOS 6D

Lens: Canon EF 100mm – 400mm

Focal Length: 180mm

Shutter Speed 1/100

Aperture: f5.6

ISO: 1250

Time of Day:  6:59p.m.

I have no clue what species this is, so if any of you other bird enthusiasts out there know please drop me a note in the comments below👇👇

What types of birds do you have wandering around in your backyard?

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“And Then There Were Butterflies”

I’ve learned over the past few summers, that butterflies and hummingbirds go hand in hand. I don’t know if there is science behind it, but I do know butterflies are a sure sign the hummingbirds will be right by their side.

And so it happened the other day, this beautiful eastern tiger swallowtail made its appearance! Just as we were sitting down on our deck, Michael turned around and pointed to the smaller butterfly tree and there this little guy was.

Bashful at first, he floated his way over to the larger tree and gave me a beautiful show. And, the hummingbirds?? We have two (2) this year and they are all over the feeders, the tree and other plants. I even saw one this morning, next to a butterfly!

I think I have a new challenge! Capturing a hummingbird and butterfly together!

Stay tuned!

~Donna

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For the Love of Hummingbirds…

HUMMINGBIRDS. The smallest of all birds they are native to the Americas and comprise the biological family. Trochilidae. With about 360 species, they occur from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, but the vast majority of the species are found in the tropics (source: Wikipedia )

If you’ve followed along with me for a while you know that for the past 4 years hummingbirds have been one of my favorite photography challenges. They are sneaky and quick. You never know when they will appear. I have spent countless hours waiting and watching for these tiny garden fairies to appear, hoping to get the perfect shot!

I had almost given up on them this year. And it seems like a lot of other hummingbird watchers had given up as well. But, the past few weeks these little garden fairies seem to be making their appearance. This little guy gave us quite the show the other night.

They say hummingbirds spiritually represent inspiration and hope, and can be a guiding light that can move you closer to fulfilling your dreams. I don’t know about moving me closer to fulfilling my dreams, but I do know they bring inspiration to my photography!

Here’s to a new week filled with inspiration!

~Donna

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Live Simply

“Live simply so others may simply live.” ~Mother Teresa

I’m channeling a little bit of Mother Teresa, today. She had so many beautiful quotes about life, but especially about living a life not for ourselves but for others.⁠

How do you live simply, so others may simply live?⁠

~Donna

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“Invite Hope……”

“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same place at the same time. Invite one to stay.”

~Maya Angelou⁠

I know which one I want to invite! How about you?⁠

~Donna

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“Kindness is Loaning Your Strength…..”

“Kindness is loaning someone your strength instead of reminding them of their weakness.”

There are so many areas in our lives where we have the opportunity to show kindness to others by using our strengths to help them overcome a situation.

Do you know someone who could use your strength today instead of being reminded of their weaknesses?

~Donna

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Don’t Be Normal…..

“If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~Maya Angelou

How many times do we try to live a “normal” life as defined by society or social media? What will you do today to take a bold step and show how amazing you are as an individual?

Maya Angelou Quote

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Winter Forms Our Character…….

Winter forms our character quote by Tim Allen

Winter forms our character and brings out our best.”  ~Tim Allen

I don’t know about you, but it’s about this time of year when I begin to long for warmer, sunnier days of winter.   But, like life as I push through the damp, cold days I come out stronger as the seasons begin to change.

How about you? Do you find the “winter days” help build your character?

Have a great week!

~Donna

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