Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

Monday, November 15, 2010

Slow down and see the flamingos

  Sometimes we need to slow down and appreciate life. This can be a lot tougher in practice than it is in theory. But it needn't be. Check out the photograph on the left. A lawyer-turned-chairman of a private investment firm-turned aerial photographer/author watched a large flock of  brilliant pink flamingos run faster and faster along the surface of the water before taking off and landing to form the perfect shape of a huge flamingo. Not sure if you got that - nobody arranged the formation you see here; the flamingos arranged themselves this way on their own. Fortunately for all of us, someone was paying close attention to detail and captured this magnificence on film. Affirmation of beauty and appreciation of life is as easy as turning the pages of Robert Haas' I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird for the flamingo photograph and so many more. The book is considered appropriate for kids ages 7-11 but it rivals the best and most beautiful coffee table books and no age restrictions should be imposed or considered. Behold... enjoy... and appreciate!

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