Great Cormorant

To learn more about the Great Cormorant, click here to visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology                     

Inspecting a beaver's house under construction

Here's a poem that resonates with me.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

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Have a wonderful day!


Buttons said…
Oh Daniel I have never read that poem before it is incredibly telling and it will stick with me too now. Great shot. Thanks for that poem. B
Stephen Hayes said…
This poem was extremely popular when I was in college and I haven't read it since then. Thanks for bringing it to mind.
Linda W. said…
Great photos! Love the reflections on the second one. I like the poem too. Thanks for sharing.
Michelle said…
An inquisitive looking bird!
Red said…
I would not want to offend a Great cormorant. I think the result could be messy. It's always good to visit Desiderata once in a while. There's much truth there.
Stephanie said…
Wow! Fabulous shots, Daniel!
Hilary said…
I like cormorants.. especially when they're drying those wings. Cool looking birds and fine shots.

Whenever I read or hear Deiderata, I can't help but remember National Lampoon's Deteriorata.
eileeninmd said…
Wonderful shots of the Cormorant!
Robyn G said…
I love this poem! Great find and thank you for sharing with us.
Lmkazmierczak said…
wonderful captures/wonderful prose. I have read this poem before and thought at the time I should keep them written somewhere, but never followed through. Thanks for posting them♫ Have a wonder filled weekend!
One of my favorite poems and your photography is fantastic of nature's gem ~ thanks, carol, xxx
Betty Luckhurst said…
Love these shots. Your poem is so worth reading again.
Beautiful words you have shared. The bird looks so lonely and forlone.

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