Tiny 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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© Karen McRae, 2015
39 thoughts on “The Spirited Ones”
Thank you! I could spend hours taking pictures of the birds. : )
It is so moving to watch those peaceful pictures and so intimate that i can feel the beating heart of those little creatures !
That is exactly the sort of response I was hoping these images would rouse.
Thank you for your comment, Anik. : )
Ahhh lovely, Karen. Probably my favourite winter pastime, walking in the river valley and feeding chickadees. Magical, wondrous little creatures. Thanks for this!
Yes, one of the delights of winter for sure. I adore these little creatures!
Have you snow yet, Sydney? We are still all brown and earthy here.
Thank you, the models are pretty sweet!
I adore these photos!! Magical and intimate. Thank you for sharing them. 🙂
I glad you enjoyed them, thank you!
A quiet joy indeed! You can feel the lightness and the quick movement, small elements of stillness to balance it off.
Hi Anna, thanks for your words. The chickadees wave hello!
Beautiful. The long exposure gives a real sense of graceful flow to their normally flitting motion.
Oh, how lovely! You must be exuding peace for them to feed from your hand like that. 🙂
Oh, the lightness of those little chickadees!
These really are so lovely! Beautifully soft – gentle – and so peaceful.
Wonderful pictures Karen!
I can feel the wind from their wings. The colors are wonderful, too, Karen.
wonderful series, Karen. I like them a lot, so tender and beauty!
How lovely and sweet, I do know the gentle landing on your fingers. A feeling you never forget.
The exhilarating silence of Mother Nature feeding your soul.
How lovely – I’ve always wanted to do this, but no matter how long I stand around with seed in my hand they don’t come…
Wunderschön, Very beautiful 🙂 !
What a wonderful Monday treat, Karen…. did I say Monday?
Well, a beautiful treat for any day. Thank you for this! 🙂
Oh, Karen, I am almost as touched by your hand as I am by the birds. xo
What a treasure….
Great pics and great sequence!!!
Quelle belle série…merci pour ce beau moment…sourire
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!
Me ha parecido una colección preciosa.
Oh Karen these are so beautiful. I laugh. You are sooooo good 🙂 Thank you for these sweet joyful photographs.
Fantastic. The long exposure makes the bird otherworldly, like a spirit of the woods or some magical creature.
Fantástica y evocadora serie fotográfica. Saludos.
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.
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!
Such a lovely series. Indeed full of spirit. Made me happy, feeling the energy of the approaching bird.
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 🙂