When this young Chipping Sparrow hopped up and looked right into the lens, I was thinking that it was the little things that really counted. His Dad had been attempting to get him to swallow seeds whole. Therefore instead of giving the seed a bit of a crack first with his beak, Dad had been poking whole seeds into this little guy's mouth. The seeds then proceeded to fall right back out onto the ground every time. Suddenly the fledgling, after yet another sequence of drops, hopped right over to the glass door, and stared into the lens as if to say---"And you're looking at...?" It was one of those little moments that are very nice.
Which got me thinking about "the little things". For instance, here we have Great Lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica. What makes it recognizable as one of the lobelias are little things-the lobes. It has two on top that stick up like ears and three on the bottom rather like a lip. Therefore it's a Lobelia--the little things.
I was then reminded once again about "the little things" when I failed to get a photo of the other leaves of this plant. A little thing that has kept me from being able to identify it.
Then there is what I think of as a lovely little thing, the way rain remains droplets on a Mourning Dove's back.
Then as I was standing out in a rather wet day, thinking about the little things, suddenly the Gulls began to do it again. Exactly what "it" is I've yet to figure out.
5:22:04PM A group of five immatures, all pointing in the same direction, with four actually looking in the same direction. There is still a certain amount of herding going on with other lighting pole perches.
5:22:20 PM The gull cries continue. Adults swoop and circle. Number four is still looking my way, while two and three are thinking about where the other stands in the pecking order.
5:22:48PM I notice the Gull calls have almost completely stopped. One through Five are all looking fixedly at something. Unfortunately I can't tell what it is but I'm getting the feeling that what I'm seeing is some kind of youth training session. The adults are doing something that they insist the youngsters see.
5:22:57 PM One and Three are having attention span problems but Two, Four, and Five are still watching whatever it is.
5:23:05 PM Then everyone recovers their focus until Two loses hers. (Sorry about the raindrop on the lens.) Two is watching one of the adults fly off. The Gull cries begin again, the adults begin to wheel and disperse.
5:23:31 PM One takes off after an adult and within seconds all the others do as well. Now here's a case where I was watching the little things and whatever the big thing was got away. Though perhaps if I hadn't been watching the little things I might never have known that the big thing existed.