Keep Looking Up Thats The Secret Of Life!

The cool thing about “Through an Open Lens” is, this guy takes all his own pictures. And something about birds in the snow never fails to charm me.   –LD

Through Open Lens

F/8.0, 1/250, ISO 400.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Dentist: This will hurt a little.

Patient: OK.

Dentist: I’ve been having an affair with your wife for a while now.

Interesting Fact:  These birds often stick to main branches and trunks of trees, where they hitch in classic woodpecker fashion, leaning away from the trunk and onto their stiff tail feathers as they search for food hiding in bark crevices. ( )

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About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

4 responses to “Keep Looking Up Thats The Secret Of Life!

  • Linda Sorci

    We have a pair of these red-bellied woodpeckers nearby somewhere. Every now and then they swoop down to grab a peanut from our porch or under the pine tree where I usually put some (that is, if the squirrels, chipmunks, bunnies and greedy blue jays don’t get them all first). I do try to resupply often for that very reason 🙂


    • leeduigon

      We occasionally see one around here; but most of our woodpeckers are the little tiny black-and-white ones with red caps.


      • Linda Sorci

        God was certainly generous with the types, sizes and colors in the bird family, and every one is a blessing.

        There’s a rather busy intersection with a canal and lots of trees on one corner in South Florida where beautiful white Ibises in untold numbers have decided to roost each night. When it’s dark and only the street lights and the lights God provides are shining on them, they look almost like extremely full jasmine or Gardenia trees with their white flowers in such bloom there isn’t a space between. What a sight! Our town was sensible enough to make that corner a sanctuary.

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  • UnKnowable

    There are human artists that create wonderful things, but nothing manmade ever approaches the beauty of things God made. A while back, I got a close look at a Gambral Quail, which looks dowdy from a distance, but is exquisitely beautiful up close.


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