Raindrops keep falling on my leaves,"but that doesn't mean my eyes will be turning red, no cryings not for me;"
instead I am continuing to heed the wisdom of Elizabeth Lawrence
when I spend time in my garden
— even on rainy days!
Ms. Lawrence is known to remind folks that "even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."
Not only have I taken the time to watch the leaves turn, I've taken the time to appreciate "rain drops on foliage," as evidenced in the pictures atop this entry featuring leaves from my Japanese Maple (AKA 'Tamukeyama'
) as well as leaves from my Smoke Bush
Both leaf varieties can also be seen within the series of images below.
In bygone years I've written about Lawrence's quotation in prior entries
within this blog.
Moreover, Cam (my visiting female cardinal
) and I included Lawerence's quote in our book series, Words In Our Beak.
Cam follows the wisdom of the words of not having eyes turning red when she being drenched by raindrops falling on her head. No cryings not for her, she (as you might surmise from the next photos) like, the poet Longfellow
accept the fact that "The best thing one can do when it's raining is let it rain."
Of course her tolerance for rain may be due to the fact that (as she explains in volume one of her book), the oil that coats birds's feathers "also provides waterproofing, which is important since the only thing worse than being cold, is being cold and wet."
The “letting it rain mindset” is somewhat natural for birds, as evidenced by Cam, and the Mourning Doves
and Blue Jays
seen in the next set of pictures.
I began this post by quoting from the song, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,
and will end it with a link
to listen to it, in the event, you want to hear it as you keep in mind how Mother Nature doesn't try and stop the rain by complaining.
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