Sunday, August 24, 2008

the cherry tree

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
Paul Coelho (b. 24 august 1947) brazilian lyricist and novelist

kt tunstall performing her breakaway hit the delightfully rocking and infectious song 'black horse and the cherry tree' - for which she said:
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" is inspired by old blues, Nashville psycho hillbillies & hazy memories. It tells the story of finding yourself lost on your path in life, and a choice has to be made. It's about gambling, fate, listening to your heart, and having the strength to fight the darkness that's always willing to carry you off.

photo: squirrel eating a cherry, new york botanical garden, august 2008


d. chedwick said...

each day is a miracle, I was blessed to have parents who, when stepping outside in the morning would always comment on the beauty of the sky before saying--it looks like it will storm or be whatever --today-- they both taught me to appreciate the miracles and not look past them (at some grand "meaning of life" ---for the meaning is in everything, it's there in the little things.)

when you see a bird on a branch, or a squirrel looking you straight in the eye, you realize how important the now is, and how each moment is precious. (and each squirrel is different)

remind me to tell you a penguin story sometime.

Ps cherry pie is my favorite. Don't you make nice pies?

jenclair said...

I love this squirrel. The red berries set this one apart!

dennis said...

Dennis has never seen a squirrel with a cherry, how do you get so close up and clear pictures?

e. said...

holy cuteness batman!

Megan said...

Love how he (or she) has the little leg tucked around the branch so as to leave both hands free for the eating!

Mmm, cherries.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ched - I look forward to the penguin story!

I love to make pies and look forward to making you a cherry along with my signature pie - which is buttermilk pie

jen - he/she was such a cutie. I have a total weakness for squirrels - but I do have this thing for all things rodent!

dennis - he was a calm squirrel so I was able to tiptoe fairly close - that and the old crop trick!!

e - don't you want to kiss that cute little smacker of his!

megan - when I make ched the cherry pie you are welcome to a slice! ummmmm, cherries!

tut-tut said...

I like that squirrel. I wonder why Squirrel hasn't commented . . .

Squirrel said...

That's a great shot of my cousin Dorcas. She's very sweet!

Squirrel said...

I remembered the name of the really good bookstore in San Diego-- Upstart Crow! I really loved the place. Glad it still exists!

and I ran out and got you a link:

Reya Mellicker said...

Chow down, squirrels. Autumn is just around the corner.

Fabulous pic!

I'll be thinking about you this week as I watch the Dem convention on TV. This is such an historic and such a healing moment for our country.

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bitchlet said...

It's hard sometimes to look at little miracles when there are bigger disasters. It seems obscene.

But when I close my eyes and slowly open them and look for beauty, it heals me.

WAT said...

Why yes, there is something different and wonderful in every new day I suppose.

This sort of positive thinking happens to me often when stuck in traffic on the freeway. If I just for a moment observe the trees and stuff by the side of the road or the sky above, I feel much better by contemplating nature itself.

And GOSH DARNIT, I think that squirrel is smiling.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

That little fellow in the tree looks like he could be the very one in my tree! So cute, so cheeky!

lettuce said...

great photo kim

i've been feeling a bit wistful about the whiffs of autumn i keep getting, but this post makes me feel much better about it