220: Maybe…

(Almost.  A Dogwood blossom getting ready to bloom.)

The NaBloPoMo theme for the month of May is Maybe.  I will not be officially participating, as I have enough on my plate already with the outdoor commitment, but I plan to keep it in mind as I take photographs and post to my blog this month.


Dictionary.com defines maybe as perhaps, possibly, as a possibility or uncertainty.  The month of May, it seems to me, is a wonderful time for exploring possibilities, uncertainties, and, as Mel put it in the email regarding the theme, “for exploring future wishes as well as looking at the words as they scroll across the screen, planning how you’ll move them from ‘maybe’ to ‘yes.'”

The possibility of apples

I have wishes, hopes, and plans for this month.  Things I want to see move from “maybe” to “yes.”  Exploring the theme of Maybe just might, maybe, perhaps, possibly, help me move from wishes to realities.

Apple wishes

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible… what wine is so sparkling, so fragrant, so intoxicating, as possibility!

~ Søren Kierkegaard

Dreaming of apples

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.  Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.  Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

~ Pope John Paul XXIII

Infinite potential

The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.

~ Brian Tracy


Just for fun…

Yesterday was nice enough that M and I were able to sit outside and watch the sunset.  While we were out there we witnessed something we’ve never seen before.  There were three Northern Flickers, two of them (the males, one presumes) facing off in a display while the female looked on.  The photos I took are terrible because of the distance (we were much too far away for the zoom on my camera), but they give you a general idea.

That’s a robin (obviously) at the bottom of the picture.  I was going to crop him out, but then decided I rather like him there, especially since he was part of the audience watching the display.  At the top of the photo are the flickers, the female on the ground and one of the males doing his little dance in the air.  The other male was just across from him, doing a similar dance, but I missed him in this shot.

This shot shows the two males in the air, displaying their yellow under colors.

And here are the three of them resting on the stump of a tree after the display/dance was over.  I don’t know what was decided.  I did see one of them while out on my walk today and could hear another calling from a distance.

As for today’s outdoor adventures, it’s a rainy day here in the Bogs.  Grey, gloomy, not a great day for a walk, and certainly not a good day for a bike ride.  It’s one of those days that required me to push myself out the door.  I would rather have stayed inside, all nice and warm and dry.

But out I went and squished around in the mud.  It’s not so bad, really, once I’m out there.  The ducks are enjoying themselves, and the Great Blue Heron seems to prefer rainy days as that’s about the only time I see him out there.  The frogs are happy, too.

All in all, it was a good walk.  🙂

22 Comments on “220: Maybe…”

  1. smileonlife says:

    What a lovely collection!

  2. Marcie says:

    I like that theme – ‘maybe’. Inspiring. I may have to go check it out. Stunning image!

  3. Lovely apple blossoms, Robin. Your story about the birds was fun; I’m always amused by how similar human beings and animals are in some respects. Did you find out if the female bird chose one of the males?
    I’m sorry to hear that it’s rainy and grey at the Bogs, but I admire your spirit. I wish I could have the same positive outlook on grey days :(.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, SunsetSeaSoul. 🙂

      No, I’m afraid I don’t know who won the battle for the female. Honestly, it’s a little difficult to tell them all apart.

      We have so many gray days here that I have to find ways to put a positive spin on it or I think I’d be forever depressed.

  4. I didn’t even recognize the dogwood bud–I need to take better notice of things in my yard. Fantastic photo–I was drawn to it immediately.

    Get outside no matter what the weather!! I love it.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, PetalPusher. 🙂

      There are so many things I’ve never noticed before, including the dogwood buds. This getting outside every day (yes, no matter what the weather!) has been quite a learning experience.

  5. Kel says:

    it’s a rainy day here too
    time to crank up the fire

    • Robin says:

      It’s usually time for us to clean out the fireplace, Kel, but the chilly, damp weather persists so we’re stretching out our fireplace season this year.

      I hope you’re keeping all warm and toasty by your fire. 🙂

  6. Kala says:

    Beautiful bokeh in the spring bud & blossoms images!

  7. milkayphoto says:

    Oh, the flickers!

    • milkayphoto says:

      Ooops! Didn’t finish my comment before accidently hitting ‘post’!

      Anyways, to continue…that must have been quite a display to observe! I caught a glimpse of a female flicker yesterday being chased mercilessly by a bluejay. Didn’t see the male.

      Also caught a glimpse of the Orioles which is always exciting!

      • Robin says:

        Orioles! Lucky you, Tracy! We get them around here, but I very rarely see them. You’re right. It is exciting to catch a glimpse of one.

        Watching the flickers was wonderful. I’ve never seen anything like it. Fortunately the binoculars were handy so I could see them better when I wasn’t trying to take photos.

  8. Corina says:

    Wonderful take on “maybe”! Beautiful photos. AND the dream of apples?! What more could one want?!

  9. Barbara Rodgers says:

    These photo are a feast for the eyes – I love the spring buds, the colors and shapes you’ve captured! That’s a good Søren Kierkegaard quote, too. Wishing you a world of possibilities opened into realities this month! What a treat to see the flickers courting…

  10. What cool looking birds! Sometimes going outside on a not so perfect day reminds me of going to the gym. I have the hardest time getting out of the house but once Im there its worth it. Good for you!

  11. investment says:

    Those oranges are adorable. 🙂

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