Overcoming the storm

The bird came swooping in

Over the water lilies on the pond —

Only to be met by a strong headwind

That pushed him back the way he had come.

It was a struggle to stay afloat.

He had to adjust his path to the new circumstances.

But the fight was worth it.

Soon he was flying off in the new direction life had presented him with.

We too can learn from and be inspired by the birds, don’t you think?

Dear friends, it’s finally that time of year again: my annual visit back to England to visit my family.

I’ll be away for almost two weeks, so my visits to your blogs will be a bit sporadic.

Please do pop in here every now and then as I’ll have some new posts up for you to enjoy.

For more inspiration, please visit: Camera Critters.

64 responses

  1. Beautiful birds and have a great trip. 🙂

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    July 14, 2012 at 16:22

  2. Bob

    The Black-headed Gull did have it rather bad didn’t it. Nice your coming to England, I hope you will be bringing some sun with you.

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    July 14, 2012 at 16:24

  3. Pretty shots of the gull. I love the scene too, just beautiful. Have a fun and safe trip.

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    July 14, 2012 at 16:47

  4. That bird is MAGICAL & Quite Heavenly.

    I always LOVE your messages about LIFE, Lady Fi…

    Have a great time in England. Xxx

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    July 14, 2012 at 16:47

  5. What wonderful action captures and such a beautiful bird!! A great way to start my day! I hope you have a wonderful trip to England! Enjoy!

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    July 14, 2012 at 17:16

  6. Don

    Those images are absolutely exquisite. Enjoy your time in England.

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    July 14, 2012 at 17:17

  7. smiles…very cool capture of a special moment…there are def things we can learn from birds…i like its persistence….

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    July 14, 2012 at 17:34

  8. Al

    That first shot is stunning. Have a great trip to England, the country of my birth!

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    July 14, 2012 at 17:40

  9. TexWisGirl

    that first image is absolutely beautiful. enjoy your time with family! how wonderful!

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    July 14, 2012 at 17:46

  10. Beautiful bird pictures, and I love the water lilies…..

    Have a great trip..
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    July 14, 2012 at 18:12

  11. Exquisite! I can’t believe anyone, short of God, could capture an image like this, but you managed. And your message, perfection.

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    July 14, 2012 at 18:15

  12. WOW! well timed master clicks! just beautiful!

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    July 14, 2012 at 18:43

  13. Beautiful snaps and sentiments, Fiona. Have a wonderful and safe trip!

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    July 14, 2012 at 18:56

  14. Hava a good vacation in England and enjoy the time with your family. Great pictures!!

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    July 14, 2012 at 18:59

  15. Safe travels to you Ladyfi! Here’s hoping you enjoy and delight in your holiday. You will be missed here.

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    July 14, 2012 at 19:31

  16. Pat

    Beautiful shots, especially the first one. Have a nice holiday!

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    July 14, 2012 at 19:54

  17. This puts Monet to shame! Wow! Enjoy the family!

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    July 14, 2012 at 19:57

  18. Enjoy your visit with family! Your pictures always brighten my day and I love how you connect the parables with them!

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    July 14, 2012 at 20:48

  19. Have a nice time in the UK.
    I thought of Monet`s garden when I saw your beautiful images.

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    July 14, 2012 at 20:57

  20. Jim

    These photos are lovely Fiona! Have a wonderful stay with your family.

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    July 14, 2012 at 21:03

  21. Very nice captures! Have a great and happy time together with your family!

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    July 14, 2012 at 21:03

  22. Just in time for the Olympics.
    Are you going to support Team GB or Sweden? 😉

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    July 14, 2012 at 21:52

  23. Absolutely beautiful images of the gull.

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    July 14, 2012 at 22:05

  24. Gorgeous! Visiting from Camera Critters.

    Pomeranian Chelsea
    Have a great weekend.

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    July 14, 2012 at 22:05

  25. Wow!!! That top shot is spectacular!!! Have a wonderful visit with your family!!!

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    July 14, 2012 at 22:12

  26. Awed and humbled by the beauty of these shots. Thank you.

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    July 14, 2012 at 22:51

  27. Have a wonderful time — and what a perfect post this was to illustrate veering off on a new direction for a short while! Lovely. Enjoy.

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    July 14, 2012 at 23:03

  28. such eye-brightening shots!

    i always love visiting you, it feels like vsiting a firiend. truly.

    xo

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    July 14, 2012 at 23:19

  29. Incredible shots!!! Hope you enjoy your holiday.

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    July 14, 2012 at 23:46

  30. Wonderful captures Fi and yes, there are many lessons to be learnt from our feathered friends and nature in general.- the trick is having the desire to be willing students! Wishing you a marvellous time with your family.

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    July 15, 2012 at 00:24

  31. Excellent photos, color, composition, content, creativity … have it all. Wonderful. Greetings.

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    July 15, 2012 at 01:48

  32. beautiful bird and the first shot is so wonderfully composed.:)

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    July 15, 2012 at 02:24

  33. Beautiful photos and great illustration of how to adjust our flight patterns when necessary!! Have a great trip!

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    July 15, 2012 at 03:07

  34. HIs flight looks so beautiful and graceful that I didn’t think of the strong wind if you hadn’t written about it. What a long wingspan! Nice landing! You captured fabulous moments. Have a nice holiday!

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    July 15, 2012 at 04:49

  35. Wonderful photography!

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    July 15, 2012 at 05:37

  36. You are right! Amazing capture… the flight was incredible and lovely.

    Enjoy being with your family and have fun 🙂

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    July 15, 2012 at 08:10

  37. Excellent capture!!! Bravo and have a great time!

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    July 15, 2012 at 10:29

  38. Gorgeous shots, Fiona. Enjoy your time back in Blighty with the family.

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    July 15, 2012 at 12:40

  39. Great shots! Have a nice trip back to England

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    July 15, 2012 at 13:54

  40. Fantastic photo and yes, we too can be inspired by birds.

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    July 15, 2012 at 14:19

  41. perfect and what a timing 🙂

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    July 15, 2012 at 14:52

  42. Have a fabulous time with your family in England. Thank you for the beautiful pictures and wonderful lesson in this post.

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    July 15, 2012 at 16:33

  43. Pretty shots of the gull.

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    July 15, 2012 at 18:56

  44. great shots of the “skrattmås” or black headed gull.

    I wish you a gret time with family and friends. 🙂

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    July 15, 2012 at 19:14

  45. I’m so glad you were able to capture this … and share your wise take on it. Have so much fun on your holiday!!!

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    July 15, 2012 at 20:20

  46. SandySays1

    Lady Fi, Nature gives us some unique opportunities. My humans aren’t in your category photographically, but if you haven’t seen the baby night heron pic a post or two back you’ll like it. Sandy

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    July 15, 2012 at 20:33

  47. Magnificent! One of the best posts on your blog. Loved it!

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    July 15, 2012 at 21:21

  48. Triumph over adversity – I love it! Have a wonderful trip to England (and I hope the weather improves!)

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    July 15, 2012 at 23:52

  49. Okay, so this is the best shot I’ve seen today (and I’ve seen ALOT.) Magical.
    Enjoy your holiday! xo

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    July 16, 2012 at 00:19

  50. hello, lady fi… have a grand reunion with your family and old friends. have a great time! 🙂

    hey, you take too beautiful photos – have i said that before? ahaha, you do indeed and they come with some such wise words. glad you were FP’d. mag-iingat po kayo (you please take care). have a good two weeks and beyond… 🙂

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    July 16, 2012 at 05:26

  51. Wow, those are fantastic shots! The bird is so clear.
    Have a great trip.

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    July 16, 2012 at 05:34

  52. Superb shots!! They are like coming straight out of NatGeo magazines 🙂 You must’ve spent much time waiting for the right moments to push that shutter button.

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    July 16, 2012 at 10:16

  53. beautiful! looove all the shots! have a wonderful vacation 🙂

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    July 16, 2012 at 14:08

  54. imac

    Once again you succeed in these fab captures my friend.
    You coming to the UK and we are cruising around and calling at Stockholm wave as we pass,lol.
    Enjoy.

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    July 16, 2012 at 15:50

  55. It’s always fabulous to see birds in flight!

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    July 16, 2012 at 16:16

  56. Absolutely amazing shots of the bird. I hope you have a great vacation.

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    July 16, 2012 at 16:43

  57. Hello Fi, What stunning shots of flight. Now when I need resilience, I’ll think of your bird. Have fun with family in England.

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    July 17, 2012 at 03:10

  58. JM

    WOW! This is fantastic. What gorgeous captures!

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    July 17, 2012 at 15:34

  59. Liz

    WOW!! Gorgeous images and such a great parallel with life and dealing with change. 🙂

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    July 17, 2012 at 17:42

  60. Utrolig flotte bilder … ønsker deg en fin ferie!

    Irene

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    July 18, 2012 at 09:54

  61. Fantastic captures. That first shot is amazing.

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    July 18, 2012 at 13:38

  62. Wonderful series 🙂 My sweetie is in England for the next two weeks, I hope the weather continues to be beautiful for you ~ have a great time with your family.

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    July 23, 2012 at 16:18

  63. Glorious shots!

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    August 4, 2012 at 19:31

  64. realy speechless

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    November 2, 2012 at 13:47

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