Mourning Dove, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Celebrate Ordinary

Celebrate Ordinary


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


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.

So here is a friendly reminder to celebrate ordinary beauty. Because it’s easily accessible. It’s always there. And it’s often free.

If you take photos, there’s also a challenge here.

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 (See the News below).

Much success,

Steve Kaye


Birding Resources

Here are two excellent books about birds. I recommend both of them.

101 Ways to Help Birds, by Laura Erickson

The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation, by Daniel J. Lebbin, etal.


Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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6 Comments
  • 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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