Red-winged Blackbird Inspires Celebration – Picture to Ponder – v6 – issue 20

by Sheila Finkelstein on May 19, 2010

For today’s post, I’m moved to share a recent red-winged blackbird photo from Green Cay Wetlands. It’s the photograph that “popped” out as the one wanting to be featured, while I was working on creating videos. It also became the final slide, with data, on the one I created with me talking on the boardwalk in Green Cay Wetlands.

In the completed video I also incorporated a slideshow of photographs from Green Cay, demonstrating the possibility of respite from Nature photos. You can see it on the Picture to Ponder testimonials page. Notice also, that I’ve now created this as a page for people to subscribe to Picture to Ponder.

If Picture to Ponder makes a difference in your life, I’d appreciate your passing on the link for that page –

If you enjoy the bird and would like to hear his voice, plus those of moorhens and limpkins in the background, I put another short (one-minute) video (2 red-winged blackbirds) up of two then one. It’s fun to watch the single bird’s body swell as he “chatters” as you come to the end of the video.

Today’s Photo

red-winged blackbird in Green Cay Wetlands

Red-winged blackbird on the railing at Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach, FL –

Let’s view him as a symbol calling greetings and congratulations to all the upcoming Graduates about to embark on the next stages of their lives. Today’s Photo Story –
Today’s red-winged blackbird is also a way of my acknowledging my beautiful granddaughter Kaitlyn’s graduation from High School this week.

Seven years ago, when she was 11, she used my camera and got a wonderful picture of a blackbird in Wakodahatchee Wetlands. It seemed to be years before one stayed still long enough for me to get a non-blurry picture. For that photo and others, see Kaitlyn’s Photos. You can click on any one of the images for an enlargement and then use the arrows to continue viewing.

Self-Reflecting Queries –
As in life, today’s bird, could be labeled, or viewed, in many different ways. Because of the usual, past “elusiveness” of the red-winged blackbirds I’ve encountered, I am enjoying seeing and labeling this picture as a symbol of celebration and acknowledgment.

I invite you to look into your life for some of the triggers and memories that come up for you. Which are causes for celebration? Are there any which bring up negative memories that you can now put a different “spin” on?

I also invite you to look around you in your environment to pick something, natural or otherwise, that you can deem a reminder for celebrating.

As always have fun with this and please post your responses in the COMMENTS below.

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Julie Jordan Scott May 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I love how the bird seems to be talking, seems to be saying “Hey, I am not so elusive… I am here, right?” I think of how elusive Katherine has been during this, her senior year in high school. Her graduation is coming up (way too soon) as well. Celebrations, acknowledgments and a well-worn journey into the bittersweet. Congratulations to Kaitlyn and the entire family!


Debii May 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

Wow! I haven’t seen one of these since I was a kid in VT. Didn’t realize we had them here in FL. Great pic. And he DOES seem to be speaking up for himself.


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