Bird Day #9

Male Red Winged Blackbird – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015
Female Red Winged Blackbird – Orlando Wetlands Park – April 2015

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing. you will be successful.”   – Albert Schweitzer

These two birds are so different that it is difficult to think they are the same species. As a side note I spend far to much time wondering about why males and females of different species are so different and how this supports survival.

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Mourning Dove – Blanchard Park – April 2015
Eurasian Collared Dove – Mullet Lake Park – March 2015

“The thrustelcok made eek hir lay, The wode dove upon the spray She sang ful loude and cleere.” Geoffrey Chaucer

Middle English, perhaps we should create internet memes in middle English like the ones that say “if you can read this…..”.

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A Day with Albert Schweitzer

Hawk on a Stick – Orlando Wetlands February 2015

“You shall draw everything and everyday” Frederick Franck from the Awakened Eye. (I, of course substitute draw with photograph.}

Just finished A Day with Albert Schweitzer – A Lambarenene Landscape by Frederick Franck. A wonderful book sprinkled with great drawings. Frederick Franck was a dentist and artist who spent several months at Albert Schweitzers’ hospital in Lambarene in 1959 and then wrote this travelogue with an honest portrait (written and drawn) of A. S. and late colonial Africa. You can see the early development of F. F.’s later Zen philosophies and  love of all living things.

Red Winged Blackbird – Orlando Wetlands February 2015

I was very happy to find this book in the library, yet sad that it had not seen the light of day since 1990. The book also bore the markings of F.T.U. which was renamed to UCF in 1978. It will be my last Frederick Franck book for a while as I have exhausted the local library resources.

Little Econlockhachee River

Along the Little Econ – May 2014
Thistle – Blanchard Park May 2014

“Every start upon an untrodden path is a venture which only in unusual circumstances looks sensible and likely to be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

These photos were taken at Blanchard Park in Eastern Orange County. Lovely park along the Little Econlockhatchee river aka Little Econ.

This river is a tributary of the Econlockhatchee River which is part of the St John’s river system. For more info see