A Sparrow Alights

“I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.” – Henry David Thoreau

Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

13 thoughts on “A Sparrow Alights”

  1. Hi Nancy, funny that you posted this photo today — I was intrigued with a robin red breast that seemed to follow me around today, from the backyard to the front. The Beagle and I admired him from afar, and he seemed to give us a nod. Sadly, I didn’t have my camera with me.

    In the photo you took, I like the way it looks like he/she has this little tuft of hair — kind of reminds me of the little pig called Babe (movie)!

  2. What a wonderful photo and apt quote. Thoreau really had a gift for saying that which so many of us feel to be true.

  3. Nancy,

    Wouldn’t it be something to have a sparrow light upon your shoulder! What a writer Thoreau was!
    Very nice photograph.


  4. Thoreau’s comment is the perfect companion to this photo. Another reminder to enjoy the simple things in life.
    Re yesterday’s post, no need to ask where you found that quote! I think many of us had a rainy and windy weekend. Glad your geranium survived; they are pretty tough plants, aren’t they?

  5. So true! Even a butterfly can make me feel special. I don’t even mind if a Bumblebee lands on my hand.

  6. I so love sparrows. They are such cheerful little birds with wonderful songs. Even in a busy town, you can hear them in the scrubby trees or bushes.

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