Viola and the American Robin

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© Andrea Petersen
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Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols...Amos 5:23

Sweet harmony
Can be softly heard
In the melody
Of a Viola
And a gentle bird...

The American Robin
Found his voice
Plus his identity
To rejoice...
Poetry by me AJP

I combined two pictures together here...I bought a flower box of pansies a few days ago. They are also known as Viola. I did a macro shot on one of the tiny flowers and two days before that shot a picture of this robin that I previously misidentified as an oriole:) Leanne Silva pointed my mistake out to me and she is so correct. I am embarrassed over this error because I do know what a robin looks like but I had never taken a close up of one until I got my macro lens.

The robin has never come to the feeder before in all of the years we've been feeding birds .. They are not in the habit of eating jelly that I am aware of which the oriole loves nor are they in the habit of eating sunflower seeds so I was not used to seeing a robin on our feeder...

Ironically the shadow by the bird's leg went right in line with the stem of the flower after I combined the two pictures and it made a perfect fit.

I decided to give this one a try on the paradise theme...I find solace in nature and God's creation ... For me, Paradise is visualizing what God offers us in just appreciating the simple things of life. We can search the world over but if we do not find true happiness within ourselves paradise would be hard to believe or conceive...

Thank you so much for the courtesy of the spotlight, Elfriede.
Thank you Leanne Silva for correcting my mistake.

25 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    Stretching the imagination....there's NO way I can argue with that!! Wonderful compilation! We have those violas growing wild in the yard; they're SO pretty. I agree...the stem worked perfectly into the photo and matches the shadow of the bird's leg!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    .. and very effectively, too! I love this pose of the oriole in song, I can almost hear him. Beautifully done!!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    Gorgeous for sure!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    It looks so real Andrea. Both images are great and combined are a winner. Awesome poem too.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    goes together so well. wonderful job Andrea!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Fantastic work Andrea! The combination is super, love the detail and lighting!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful capture!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Fantastic work!!!!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    The lighting on this is outstanding....and such lovely color !!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    This deserves a "spotlight" beautiful Andrea !

  • Karyn Boehmer

    Karyn Boehmer gave props (7 Jun 2011):


  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    You are so right, Andrea. Money, fame and fortune do not buy paradise. It's the natural things, which are freely given to us from God, which truly comprise paradise. I love this beautiful, natural shot with its stunning colors and lighting!! Thanks so much for sharing this and for all the time you take to write these lovely poems. Blessings and Hugs!!!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (7 Jun 2011):

    An absolute beauty!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (8 Jun 2011):

    Definitely "Paradise" vibrant & love the comp ~ !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (8 Jun 2011):

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. I appreciate your comments.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    Extraordinary art.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    M A G N I F I Q U E n t r y !

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    All for stretching the imagination. Love the effect. Wonderful entry.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (11 Jun 2011):

    A lovely combination! The colors and light are wonderful!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (11 Jun 2011):

    Fantastic !!! well done.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (16 Jun 2011):

    Oh, my! Andrea, this is absolutely beautiful, to say the least! Very artistic and creative, for sure. A wonderful poem and narrative too. This is first class work here!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (20 Jun 2011):


  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Best bird pic in a long time! Wow composition, framing, lighting!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    very nice Andrea!!! You need appreciation for this photograph!!!

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    Isn't this an American Robin? It's a neat image, anyway!

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