The Spirited Ones


InandOutof-the-Hand11Tiny chickadees in and out of the hand. I feel these images may give a sense of the sensations; the whirr of the wings at your ear and the ever-so-gentle touching down on your fingertips. A quiet joy.

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The River's Edge
At River’s Edge, end of day.

© Karen McRae, 2015

39 thoughts on “The Spirited Ones

  1. Ahhh lovely, Karen. Probably my favourite winter pastime, walking in the river valley and feeding chickadees. Magical, wondrous little creatures. Thanks for this!

  2. I just held my breath when I saw these! They perfectly capture the sensation – or how I imagine it must feel, because I’ve never had such an extraordinary experience in real life, and can only sense the feel and the magic of it from your wonderful pictures. Thank you so much!

  3. I love these little guys and watch them with delight when they visit our feeder. But, these images bump up my experience with your extra special joy. Marvelous! And not to slight the last image-those colors….another dose of pure joy.

  4. Yes! Thanks Karen – lovely images that do convey their fleeting presence. How indescribable the feeling of those feet on one’s hand is, but really it’s the whole presence – they live in a different time/space. But we have to remind ourselves that it’s not so different – we’re all sharing the same place!

  5. I love these tit (chickadee) pictures, Karen, and know just what you mean about the gentle touch on one’s fingers. I was a birder for many, many years, and I’ve always noticed that with even birds that are thought of as big eg herons, they’re mostly just relatively small balls of feathers when you get up close >>> though ostrich isn’t at all small, gentle or a ball of feathers when you get up close >>> in fact its really best not to get up close at all!!! A 🙂

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