Firstly, Hanukkah Blessings to those that observe this wonderful Festival of Light! May you experience peace and joy during this celebration!
It is less than two weeks away from Yule, the Winter Solstice, the Wiccan/Pagan celebration of Light. And then Christmas a few days later. These are times of preparation, baking, cooking, gift-giving, fun, and observance. Sometimes a bit hectic, time-consuming, wearying (if you let it). Try to find some peaceful moments to reflect on simple things.
Here is something different that I saw in today's paper. Birds-of-Paradise. Not the tropical flower, real birds. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is launching a website in January, 2013 all about these magnificent birds. I visited the link this morning and was astounded by the short video there that shows a few of the 39 species of Birds-of-Paradise that inhabit New Guinea. If you watched the "Planet Earth" series a few years ago you may have seen some of these birds. There are not enough adjectives to describe these creatures.
If you would like to have a little respite from holiday havoc, here is the link to this 5 minute video. It will "wow" you. Nature is awesome! Have a great Monday!!
Birds of Paradise
(and one of these days I am going to figure out how to imbed a video on my blog!)