Dave’s Country Kitchen, or the Joy of Feathers

The heart of our courtyard garden is aflutter, literally. That’s the site of the squirrel-free bird feeder we call Dave’s Country Kitchen, since he is the one who keeps it full of seeds for the large and small birds. All day long, we are treated to the sight of our brightly colored friends, flitting in to partake of the feast.

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Flapping Cardinal

Drinking Robins

Cardinal Pair



We live in North Florida beside a strip of forest and a canopied road, in the midst of what used to be a pecan grove. A haven for birds of many kinds. None are more beautiful than the male cardinals, who stand out like Christmas ornaments against the year-round greenery. And none more lethally lovely than the red-shouldered hawk who sometimes lands on our back fence.

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Red Shoulder Hawk


We have worked with many feathers over the years in creating images. We used feathers and butterfly wings (our summer garden feeds these beauties) to depict the expansive “Evolve” theme in our GaiaStar Codex evolutionary guidance deck.



Seeing these birds does something special to me. Looking at them, I forget what may be dragging at my attention, and let my inner kid fly free. Even in the patterning in their wings, these air-beings convey a special message.  This message is easy to feel and see in the image below, made from photos of flicker and parrot feathers. We call this image “Kindred Spirits”.

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Kindred Spirits



I think this name reveals the special function birds serve for us. They remind us of our own spirit-nature, our light-winged self, which may not so visible, but which nonetheless can fly.

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