Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

So much to smile about.


Both of them worked so hard to keep the kids fed.

Well, first on my smile list is the fact that I’m figuring out the new laptop, and the new Lightroom and even though there’s still a lot that I’m frustrated with I know eventually it will all work out.

Sneaking around the side to check on the kids.

But here it is, Sunday afternoon and I can’t let the second week go by without posting a smile for Trent’s Weekly Smile campaign. I don’t understand how time moves so fast when I’m not really doing anything. They say (and they are right, whoever they are) that time speeds up as you get older. Maybe that’s what I’m experiencing.

Listening to what the kids are up to in there.

Anyway, a couple weeks ago I took a series of photos of my wren family while mom and dad were frantically feeding the youngsters. The light wasn’t always good and certainly cropping these made them even more grainy, but they were such a delight to watch that I’ve been meaning to share them with you.

When either adult arrived at the box they’d do a little wing flap dance. This time they both arrived at the same time.

And even though they’ve been gone for a week or more now, looking at these images still makes me smile.

“I’ll wait here, you take yours in first.”

Of course the wrens aren’t the only thing worth smiling about around here. Yesterday I went on a guided walk through one of Katie’s park, she calls it Katie’s Park II, with a knowledgeable young man who manages the township’s nature preserves.

Doing their happy dances.

I didn’t take my camera and there were at least a couple moments that I wished I had it. In the next day or so I’ll be going back to see if I can capture a couple things I hadn’t noticed when I was walking there with Katie-girl.

“Eat your bugs and then dad will bring you desert.”

And during our walk someone told me about another park that she really likes, so I'll be going out there too. I'm pretty sure you'll get to see photos from both soon. Might even be next week's smile!

“Where’s my shift replacement?”

Meanwhile, enjoy the wren couple. I miss hearing them sing all day while they’re sitting on top of their home. I hope all their babies are growing big and strong and maybe next spring one of them will raise another brood here. Maybe I’ll get to photograph them with a more powerful lens, or at least in better light.

Taking a breather.

Oh, and Katie says to tell you all HI! She’d tell you herself but she’s busy planning her next nap. She says that’s about as exciting as it gets around here these days.

She’s not wrong.

Heading out to find more dinner for the hungry brood.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

27 thoughts on “So much to smile about.

  1. Nice series of photos of the events going on in the birdhouse.


  2. Great photos 🙂 I hope you have the wrens back next year… The tour of the park sounds good – I hope you get some good photos when you go back, and to the “new” park as well. Have a wonderful week 🙂


  3. Your little bird family is adorable, Dawn! Tell Katie I said Hi! Hopefully, after she has her beauty rest, she will post again…..


  4. So much fun the way you added the dialogue !!
    Happy Dancing was great and good photos
    And I feel said sometimes time flies and then a few times it drags – April was super long and May dragged – June was a blink of any eye and please tell
    Me where July is going – ha


  5. So beautiful! They work so hard!


  6. Enjoyed the wren photos. We just have baby robins around here.


  7. Love the little wren butt shot. Too cute.


  8. Beautiful wrens! And how exciting to find out about another park. No wonder you are smiling.


  9. Great pics of the birdhouses and the wren couple. I have a funny to tell you. The wrens and the house sparrows at our house decided to build nest in my hanging baskets off the back porch. I water these plants with the water hose and one day last week I heard chirps I took down the plant and low and behold feathered out there were 3 baby birds this was the wrens baby birds. I had been seeing the house sparrow go into the planter at the other end so I went and looked 3 tiny eggs. Well by this time both moms spotted me but I decided to get some pics a few days later. They were gone the babies and the eggs so I missed them when they fledged. Most birds leave the nest at 12 – 18 days and every time I miss it.


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  11. How fun to watch them. I would love that.


  12. I love these pictures of the wrens, especially the ones where they’ve got their wings spread in a happy dance! You might not think they’re clear enough, but I think they’re perfect … and yes, they did make me smile!!


  13. Love your photos of the wrens. It’s hard to stir up much excitement when your movements are restricted.


  14. Lovely series of the Wrens… sweet little ones.

    Hugs Miss Katie!


  15. Thanks, Dawn – These pics did make me smile!


  16. Definitely something to smile about 🙂


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