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Find beauty in everyday things

Find beauty in everyday things

Mother nature has created truly amazing places and the most beautiful animals. But she has also created beauty in every day things such as the little sparrow perching on a tree at the bus stop where you every morning wait for your ride to arrive. Have you ever paid attention to that little guy? If you haven’t than I hope this article helps you to find beauty in everyday things and start seeing all the fascinating stuff happening – while you are waiting on the bus.

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Sparrow

I would think that you have seen a sparrow before and depending on where you live you might even be surrounded by the little birds. If you live in Europe the two most common species you will see are the house sparrows (Passer domesticus) and the Eurasian tree sparrows (Passer montanus). Both belong to the Passeridae family (old world sparrows or true sparrows). There are many more sparrow species out there. I don’t know the exact number but there seems to be around 25 species in the genus Passer.

I am not sure, if you have ever paid attention to these very common birds. If not, then I would like to encourage you to do so. Sparrows are not only very beautiful but also very funny. I have gone through my archive and put a few sparrow shots together.

The following pictures shows a house sparrow taking a dust bath. Birds do that as part of their plumage maintenance. The sand absorbs excess oil and prevents feathers from becoming greasy and reduces lice infestation. Not only but also during mating season this common behavior is funny to watch.

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House sparrow (Passer domesticus), male in breeding plumage, Central Park (NYC, US)

The next picture of a female house sparrow is one of my all time favorite picture to date. To me this is a true example on how to find beauty in everyday things.

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House sparrow (Passer domesticus), female, Central Park (NYC, US)

Wild birds should not be fed as it’s not healthy for them. Specially bread is not good for them as it may contains all sorts of unhealthy stuff like pig fat, salt and sugar. In the below image, my wife was holding a little piece of home baked bread (only rye wheat and water). So for once, we made a little exception. We only fed the little guy because it was anyways already picking up all the little bread crumbs from the ground. Who would have thought that sparrows can be hand-fed?

House sparrow (Passer domesticus), male, Zermatt (Switzerland)

Eurasian tree sparrows compared to house sparrows have an entirely rufous cap. I love the way how the parent (male) is taking care of his little chick. I have taken an entire series of the feeding and like the below shot the most. A quick note on nest photography (and I have already been writing about that here) – please be very careful, always plan properly and limit the time photographing to a minimum.

Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus), male and chick. Ottikon (Switzerland)

Pigeon

Pigeons are literally everywhere. They belong to the Columbidae family that counts approx. 310 species worldwide. The most common pigeon species in Europe is the domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica). If you check the various species you will be thrilled in what colors pigeon can appear.

Pigeons have unfortunately not many human friends and people tend to call them „rats of the skies“. However these birds play a major role in many cults and religions. In Christianity the Holy Spirit is descending on Jesus in bodily form of a dove (Pigeon and Dove both refer to the many species of the Columbidae family).

Looking at the below image one can literally feel the emotion between the two birds.

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Domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica), Central Park (NYC, US)

It is just before they mate and this behavior is kind of a mating ritual. They gently move together and form all sorts of shapes (like below almost a perfect heart). This may takes up to several minutes before the mating starts. How beautiful to see their love and emotions they are sharing with each other.

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Domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica), Central Park (NYC, US)

Here a close up of this wonderful animal.

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Domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica), Central Park (NYC, US)

Crow

If you have been reading already my earlier blog posts than you might know that my favorite birds are the members of the Corvidae family. This family contains crows, ravens, jays, magpies and others. Not only are they extremely intelligent but also very beautiful with lots of character. I am planning do a larger article about those amazing birds and therefore leave you here with just one image.

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Carrion crow (Corvus corone), Zurich (Switzerland)

Nuthatch

The nuthatch is another very common bird. It can be found in parks but also in forests. Nuthatches belong to the family Sittidae and there exist approx. 25-30 species worldwide (most of them in Asia I believe). In Europe the most common species is the Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea). The little bird’s behavior mimics that of woodpeckers but in Taxonomy they have nothing in common.

The below picture is also one of my absolute favorite one. I love nuthatches a lot but this little guy was just to funny. It is a common behavior for these birds, that when they climb up and down the tree bend over to check the surroundings.

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Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Bialowieza (Poland)

Another great example on how to find beauty in everyday things is the following image of a nuthatch doing some wing flapping while perching.

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Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Janka Kral Park (Bratislava, Slovakia)

The next image looks like the little bird would be doing some sort of a dancing. Nuthatches are quite swift and agile little birds doing all sorts of moves.

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Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Choszczowka (Warsaw, Poland)

I can just repeat myself in this image. The little nuthatch is hammering so heavily to the tree trunk so he must support it with flapping its wings. What a funny character.

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Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea), Bialowieza (Poland)

A couple of other very common and very beautiful animals

Dragonflies

If you pass rivers or lakes I am sure you will be seeing dragonflies. These animals come in many sizes and colors, are very delicate and beautiful. There exist more approx 3’000 dragonfly species worldwide, so identifying them is not always easy (at least not for me).

I love observing them and would like to spend more time with those beautiful animals.

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Dragonfly (Illnau, Switzerland)

Butterflies

Another amazing animal is the butterfly. There are about 20’000 species worldwide but due to climate change many species are dying out.

The below animal looks like a fairy, what a true beauty.

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Butterfly (Family Lycaenidae, Thusis, Switzerland)

I could go on with this list forever, as I find beauty in everyday things almost everywhere.

Let me know your thoughts

I hope this article was helpful for you. I would love to hear back from you on how you find beauty in everyday things.

If there is anything you are looking for, please let me know and I try to find examples to discuss. Feel free to use the Q&A form to submit questions.

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