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July 26, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Feather on the ground


I was taken by the beauty and colour of this single feather (a crow’s I think), as I sat on the grass feeding the tortoise on another hot sunny day. I don’t often have time to sit and look around at such things but tortoises do tend to take life at a much slower pace and as a consequence there’s much more to see.



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  1. Gallivanta / Jul 26 2013 11:59 pm

    It’s beautiful, as is the idea of slowing down our lives to keep pace with the tortoise. Your moment of contemplation plus tortoise feeding time have probably added an extra half hour or so to your life span 🙂

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 27 2013 1:33 pm

      Thank you. I’m reminded of the W.H.Davies poem ‘Leisure’; one of my favourites which I think I’ve mentioned before.

      • Gallivanta / Jul 27 2013 1:41 pm

        I had forgotten this poem. It was a delight to read it again.

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 27 2013 3:47 pm

        It certainly reminds me to get life and all its demands into perspective.

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  3. andelieya 安德洌雅 (official) / Jul 28 2013 7:34 pm

    I like the concept of learning mindfulness from a tortoise. What a beautiful safire blue feather!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 28 2013 7:43 pm

      Thank you. I think nature can teach us a lot. My dogs (two rescued greyhounds) are also great at teaching me how to enjoy life to the full, (have a look at an earlier post on 3 February).

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 28 2013 7:47 pm

      My mistake; the post about my greyhounds was 1 February.

  4. Reinhardt / Jul 31 2013 10:56 pm

    I like the idea of a slower pace, well said! Now to achive it! 🙂 nice picture.

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