When the male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks arrive in May, their beauty almost takes my breath away.
The female is also gorgeous though she looks nothing like the male:
I found a pair today near the Guild Inn and their colours are a bit washed out after a long summer. In the coming months they will moult and return to their springtime beauty.
Other birds (all were high in the treetops):
Monarchs (we had dozens) and a frog:
I think you would really enjoy the book The Overstory by Richard Powers .. It is about the ability of trees to communicate
It is fiction filled with odd characters who all have different connections to trees. Fascinating.
I saw two clouds at morning,
Tinged by the rising Sun,
And in the dawn
They floated on
And mingled into one. – John G. C. Brainard (1796–1828)