Resilient — Hope in the New Year


Ringneck Pheasant, Palo Alto, 2016

This hopeful pheasant was observed and photographed at the Baylands Preserve, Palo Alto. Good luck crossing the road.

Let’s end the year with a poem where hope is described as a “thing with feathers”.

HOPE is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;         5
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I ‘ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;         10
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
—by Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886),

Here are some more bird photos taken in Palo Alto.

Have a Happy and Hopeful New Year, Carto

Check out the year-end blogs on resilient at WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient.