“ The cool wind blew in my face and all at once I felt as if I had shed dullness from myself. Before me lay a long gray line with a black mark down the center. The birds were singing. It was spring.” # Burl Ives
“Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about.” #Saskya Pandita
"Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again." # Sarah Ban Breathnach
"My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather." # Loire Hartwould
"God gives every bird its food, but he does not throw it into the nest." # Josiah Gilbert Holland
#Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
And inner peace.
I wish you happiness in life's simple pleasures...
And its great adventures...
And above all, tons of LOVE as the new year dawns.
Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2012.
"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us." #Alexander Graham Bell
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” # Joseph Campbell
“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.” # Elmer G Letterman
“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” # Clarence Thomas
#Doors photographed across Europe
"Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world." ~T'ien Yiheng
"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea." ~Bernard-Paul Heroux
"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future." ~Thich Nat Hahn
"All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes." ~George Orwell, "A Nice Cup of Tea"
* A hot cup of tea
“The swan, with arched neck between her white wings mantling proudly, rows her state with oary feet.” # John Milton
(#River Limmat, Zurich Feb2011)
"Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" # Robin Williams
"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." # Charles Dickens
“Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.” # W. Earl Hall
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” # Anne Bradstreet
“If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.” # Terri Guillemets
“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.” # Bern Williams
Spring is in the air – 2010
# Photographed at Schönbrunn Palace Botanic Garden Vienna, Austria.