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Friday, August 12, 2016

Need a Break?

On a recent fishing trip in southern Missouri, a cloudy afternoon brought several hours of rain, and by rain I mean a monsoon, which left deep puddles of water everywhere on the ground while raindrops the size of teacups dripped from leaves.

I picked my way across the ground to avoid any ankle deep mini-ponds, before looking up to notice the above pictured sight. An enormous tree was filled with turkey buzzards (several flew away before I could snap this picture). Each big old bird sat on a branch, motionless and silent, with wings spread wide to dry.

Can't you just totally relate to these guys? After being pummeled by a storm, when clouds clear, they shake off the whirlwind to welcome back the sun.

If you're like me you've been doing way too much in the dog days of summer, forever trying to cram in just one more thing. Maybe it's time to take a lesson from our feathered friends.

Sit back for a moment. Relax and recharge.

Even the most powerful wings need a break to stay strong.


Mary Horner said...

We had almost an entire day of rain while we were in Florida, and it was so relaxing. Reading and naps were popular activities that day. Sometimes the rain really does cleanse!

Donna Volkenannt said...

Good analogy, Pat. Turkey vultures aren't pretty, but they are graceful flyers soaring through the air, landing on tree tops.

Sioux Roslawski said...

Pat--And I'm sure that Winston would enjoy some cuddling or playtime when you take that break, right?

Ann Summerville said...

They are so big. We see them around here too. We finally got rain yesterday - yea!

Saku said...

A very powerful image. We've had so much rain this summer, I've done very little work in the yard...everything is growing without my interference. So I've definitely had time to rest and relax!

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

Excellent reminder.

Sketching with Dogs said...

We can learn a lot from animals and birds.
Those are really unusual birds, we don't have anything like them.
Lynne x

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Good advice, and I think I'll take it on this lazy Sunday afternoon! :)

Linda O'Connell said...

Yes, it's true. We all need rest to renew.