Mourning Dove, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Celebrate Ordinary

Celebrate Ordinary

Mourning Dove, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post Celebrate Ordinary

Mourning Dove

We need to celebrate ordinary.

For example, here is a Mourning Dove. It’s a common (ordinary) bird that can be found in most of the United States and Mexico.

Pause a moment to notice the subtle shades of color. The pale blue eye ring. The feather patterns.

And yes, there are more exotic, more colorful, more rare birds.

For most of us, those birds are somewhere else.

And it can be expensive to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, a rain forest, the other coast, or other countries.

So we need to make the most out of what we have nearby.

Consider then, a friendly reminder to celebrate the ordinary beauty that’s in your area. Because it’s easily accessible. It’s always there. And it’s often free.

More so, the common birds in your area may be new (uncommon) birds for someone who lives far from you. And thus others will be impressed (awed maybe) by your photos of the ordinary birds in your area.

So here’s a challenge.

It is: How can you take photos that show scenes everyone sees in ways they have never seen before.

I show how to do this in my Photo Class.

Find out more at: Photo Class

Much success,

Steve Kaye

There’s an example of how to celebrate ordinary here:

Odd Gifts Everyone Keeps

Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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  • Penny Schafer
    Posted at 13:24h, 21 January

    How lovely, and a good reminder.

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 16:21h, 21 January

    Suddenly, I appreciate the Mourning Dove a lot more – thanks.

  • Lena Hayashi
    Posted at 17:31h, 21 January

    Mourning Doves are truly lovely birds. Beautiful subtle hues. Thanks for reminding me!

  • Robert Chianese
    Posted at 08:24h, 23 January

    Great ideas–the ordinary is always extraordinary. And we may have over-defined this lovely bird as “mourning.” It cooing could just as well be murmurs of wooing.

  • Maia Kincaid
    Posted at 09:38h, 23 January

    Gorgeous dove!!!

  • Tracie Lynne Hall
    Posted at 15:56h, 28 January

    I love Mourning Doves and this, of course, is an excellent shot!!! Your images are always inspiring!

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