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Gy had a school project a while ago. She needed to take a picture of a bird and upload it to

Now, I am no photographer. But, the spouse likes to play around with camera settings.

And, just like that, one evening, this lovely fellow (or lady?) came and perched itself right on top of the tree near our home. He stayed put for a whole ten minutes, almost as if he knew he was being photographed!

The thing about this picture is the number of things it brings home to me.

  • We live in Nature’s backyard, which can take your breath away.
  • Nature will touch us, if we allow ourselves to pause and drink it in.
  • Nature teaches us balance. The more we admire, the more we have to be wary of. That’s a powerful lesson, in my opinion.
  • Above all, it teaches me peace.
What was your lesson today?


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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

N is for Nature

My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.

Sushree Dash · April 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Nature just shares itself with us letting us live a beautiful life…..

Psych Babbler · April 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Funny coincidence today… 🙂 I love nature and being out in it…so very awe-inspiring!

susan · April 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Hi – you commented on my Yeah Write post about the co-joined twins. When I went to see who you are I saw you are on here. I am too via the blog shown though the blog I used for the yeah write was my other one. If you're not confused congratulations I am

susan · April 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

I just poked around your blog – you're more of a flash fiction freak than I am – wow – glad to meet you!

Ananya Tales · April 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Nature is my stress buster, whether its a small walk in a park or enjoying the sun at beach side !

Swathi Shenoy · April 16, 2014 at 12:07 am

wow dat was a great view and nice pic! yes nature can give u peace of mind. wenevr i need some peace, i go sit in the garden watchin the greenery 🙂
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Sreeja Praveen · April 16, 2014 at 5:54 am

That's a nice pic, Shailaja 🙂
Nature has a wonderful way of bringing us peace. She's at so much peace with herself, most of the time ! Only if we knew the correct vein to tap, we could draw oodles of peace from nature 😀

Mina Menon · April 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

You ar eindeed lucky to live in natures backyad…

Beloo Mehra · April 16, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Beautiful picture, Shailja. I spent part of my morning in the middle of nature too…I am always deeply refreshed just seeing the trees, the greenery and the flowers.

Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

Nabanita · April 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Nice picture…I have grown up in the lap of nature in a hill station and Nature thus reminds me of happiness and joy…

N for Nauseated-Random Thoughts Naba

tulika singh · April 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Nature for me offers peace and relaxation. No matter where we are, even in the middle of the city a small patch of sky changing colour constantly and the shifting moving clouds can provide such an interesting view.

Jayanta Tewari · April 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Yes, nature is the most beautiful thing that happened to us but we are not being responsible to her. Today I have a guest post from my daughter on saving nature :-).

Kathy Combs · April 16, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Nature is awesomely beautiful…it simply takes the breath away at times. ♥

Shesha Chaturvedi · April 16, 2014 at 5:56 pm

So many people updated on nature and their different takes on it. It simply tells us Nature is important to us! I loved the photograph. It is some composition. We too have a small garden in front of our house where there are two trees and and many plants and accross the road there is a wonderful park! I spend good time at varanda or in balcony looking at birds hopping and chirping around. Its peaceful and beautiful site!

Tom MacInnes · April 17, 2014 at 4:36 am

As someone who grew up with the waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing against my shore, I know well the beauty and the power of Nature. Respect and admiration go hand-in-hand when it comes to Nature. Thanks, Shailaja, for a powerful and important message.

Rajlakshmi · April 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Nature helps me relax too… Here in Sydney, I feel I am in the lap of nature. Lovely capture. After few years Gy would start taking her own photos 🙂

Vidya Sury · April 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Our pigeons pose quite well. I see lots of kites every day. Every day, when I walk, I learn to slow down and stay calm. 🙂

Lovely shot!

Shine Kapoor · April 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Nature is the best medicine. I take resort in it when I am happy or sad or just neutral. Nice post.

Carol Graham · April 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I love it when you see birds or animals like that and can take the time to watch them and observe and appreciate them for the few minutes they allow

Carol @ Battered Hope

meena · April 19, 2014 at 1:55 am

Good pic…nature is more like a morning coffee, just wakes shakes and cleanses…

Shailaja V · May 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Absolutely. If we let it 🙂

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