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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Significance of a Robin's Red Breast

The robin-themed song, Rockin' Robin, is on my mind because I recently encountered a "rockin' robin" when I was in The Ramble portion of Central Park and came upon a lone American Robin who was not rockin' in the treetops but rather was rockin' on the ground as seen in the set of pictures atop this entry.

It is also on my mind because today is Holy Thursday and I'm thinking about an answer to a question (What is the significance of robins in the bible?) re this avian creature and Christianity.

One web-answer to the question states this: "There is no mention of a Robin in the Bible, what I believe your friend was alluding too is the ancient story that a Robin perched on the cross when Jesus was dying and pricked itself on a thorn and that is how Robins have a red breast."

Another web-writer states: "One day, about 2,000 years ago, one of the brown birds was perched on the branch of a tree when it saw Jesus being pulled through the streets of Jerusalem, bent under the weight of a heavy cross. A crown of thorns pierced His head making it bleed. The small brown bird felt sorry for Him and flew down. To ease the pain a little it plucked out a thorn from His head. On the thorn was a drop of blood which fell onto the breast of the small bird. That red stain is there to this day.  As thanks for the efforts of that one small brown bird to ease Christ’s suffering, all the small brown birds, male and female, were given a red breast by God."

These stories are probably fake news in terms of specifics, for as someone (who identifies himself as Corey) proclaims, "If there are robins in the Bible, they wouldn't be the same genus as robins in North America (or Australia). I'm not sure how far East Erithacus is distributed, but that'd be the genus most likely to appear in the Middle East. A related group of birds are called thrushes."

Rather these theories re the coloring of a robin's breast are factual, the idea of a little bird easing suffering is certainly true. Many people who observe nature, especially the "little things" within it — such as little birds — are eased of some of their suffering from trials and tribulations (and please know that I'm not comparing their sufferings to the suffering of Christ).

Whatever your individual thoughts may be, it's interesting to ponder the idea that a robin's red breast can ease suffering.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

National Haiku Poetry Day 2019

Today, April 17th, is National Haiku Poetry Day. According National Day Calendar (NDC) to this holiday was registered by Sari Grandstaff in 2007 and implemented as a project of The Haiku Foundation in 2012.

The aforementioned reference explains that "Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is non-rhyming and normally consists of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5." 

In honor of this occasion, I'm posting a haiku about the flower type known as Muscari, which I have growing in a container (that is also a home home to my Autumn Clematis*) in the southeast corner of my garden.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Certain Squirrels in NYC's Central Park (Tuesday's Truths WK 122)

There is a special looking squirrel (at least to me) who seems to be a loner spending time on the grassy area on the northwest side of Oak Bridge in Central Park; as seen in the photo atop this entry and in the pictures directly below.

As of this entry, I have not learned the exact ID for him/her but here is what the Squirrel Census Commander has to say about it:

"Most likely this specimen is an eastern gray who's color phase is between a cinnamon and black. While I've never seen one exactly like this I'm sure it's possible."

If I find out more re this creature, I will put an addendum in this entry. Meanwhile, a few yards north of this area, near The Shakespeare Gardens (which are in the vicinity of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre)...

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Red-Winged Blackbird

Yesterday (here on Blogger) I mentioned that it was Look Up In The Sky Day (LUITSD) and discussed the importance of noticing nature's details which is part for the basis for LUITSD.

However, as you undoubtedly know, dear reader, one doesn't have to look up at the sky to observe aspects of nature. The other day when I was in Central Park, I saw a male Red-Winged Blackbird (in breeding plumage these birds are solid black, with red wing-patches). 

He was among leaves that were on the ground, munching on a peanut, and can be seen in the photograph atop this entry...

Sunday, April 14, 2019

It's Look Up In The Sky Day!

According to a number of sources, today is Look Up In The Sky Day. One web-page (and other references concur) suggests that "Maybe this unofficial holiday, with unknown origins, aims to encourage people to go outdoors and enjoy the various bounties of nature..."

Fortunately I don't need a holiday —  be it official or unofficial — to look up in the sky or enjoy nature. I feel very blessed that I am able to appreciate the little aspects of life, such as my sighting of a Black-crowned night heron, although he/she is hardly little; as evidenced in my photograph atop this entry.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday's Story The Bird Feeding Area (Within Central Park & My Rooftop Garden)

There is a portion of The Ramble in Central Park called The Bird Feeder Area and the name does not refer to people who feed birds, rather it refers to an area which has numerous bird feeders hanging from trees. A partial view of it can be seen in the picture (which I took yesterday) atop entry.

During the time I was there numerous American Goldfinches were congregating (and noshing from) a feeder which can be seen is at the extreme right of this photograph. The following set of  images feature both male and female varieties engaging in activities at or near to the aforementioned feeder.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Remembering Tiny Tim Again

The performer known as Tiny Tim was born eighty-five years ago on this day of April 12, and ultimately died on November 30th in 1996. This is a fact that I've referenced in prior posts here on Blogger (including one I published last year) where I've featured a copy of the mini video (from the collection in my Vimeo Library) which is featured a top this entry.

Now, in honor of his birth anniversary, I've posted it again and am accompanying the mini movie with an update on how the tulip bulbs Juan V (JV) and I planted this past December are doing. My last reference to them was nine days ago (April 2) and they have made a lot of progress since them, as evidenced by the aerial photo of my garden which I took the other day.

Many thanks to Martha B for opening the hatch leading to the rooftop of the building where I live. It is much too heavy for yours truly to manage and I wanted to take an aerial shot of how my garden is looking in these early days of spring 2019. As you can see, the tulip bulbs that were planted this past December, as well as in bygone years, are "waking up" from their winter's nap and nearly ready to show their flowers.

I have a wide variety of them and the ones in this PARTIAL VIEW of my place are members of these families: Spring Green, Day Dream, Red Riding Hood and Elegant Lady; these four types are late spring bloomers. The following set of images are screen shots of what they hopefully look like when they bloom.

The Elegant Lady variety is featured in 2018 entries on my blog and I plan to write about the other types that I've just mentioned when they bloom.