Thankful for the Beauty of the Natural World

There’s always something to be thankful for and if you don’t believe it, just look around at the beauty of the natural world.

Earlier this month we visited Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, thousands of acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands and forest that provide a rich stopping place for migratory birds.

The crown of Mt. Rainier can be seen in the background, its glaciers the source of the Nisqually River which flows into Puget Sound forming the estuary.

We saw hundreds of birds

including a Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

and two young snow geese that dropped by from Russia.

I love wildlife and when I can’t get away I’m thankful for my backyard sanctuary where nuthatches come by to drink

and hummingbirds to feed.

I’m thankful for another kind of wildlife too of the feline variety – Benji

and Tiger.

Shared with Sunday Stills, Thankful.

~ Susanne

18 Comments on “Thankful for the Beauty of the Natural World

  1. Beautiful pictures, Susanne! The wild things are all so marvelous and those of the feline variety are the most adorable of all!

  2. Wow, Susanne, such stunning pictures. The way you captured the light in those leaves! I love those hummers. Such a beautiful area, you have much to be thankful for!

  3. The kitties, especially Benji in that photo, look like the epitome of wildlife (or is it wild life?)😂 As usual your photos are great!

  4. Great that they built that long walkway over the marshes. Saves getting your feet wet. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Yes the trails and boardwalks throughout the area are great. And that one is needed as it’s completely over water at certain times of the year.

  5. Beautiful photos! I am blessed and thankful for the wonder, majesty, and beauty of nature that surrounds us.

  6. Glad you gave the boys equal billing. I love seeing that you and I have many of the same birds. Herons nest near here so we often seeing them flying overhead.

  7. Gorgeous pictures! We went to Nisqually Wildlife Refuge once, when we drove our truck out here to pick out a house to move into. We stayed in Tacoma for 2 weeks and went to the Refuge one day. It was wonderful! If we ever get to go anywhere again, it is deserving of a revisit.

    • Thank you. I’ve lived here my whole life and this is only my second trip to the refuge, the first one 3 years ago. We passed it by for too long on the way to someplace else. But it’s really a special place.

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