A Precious Soul

Calmly pouring a dab of sugar-water into her hand, I watched as she positioned it under a ray of morning sunlight.

It glistened as I listened to the sound of a faint fluttering, slowly growing stronger.

Soon, a hummingbird appeared, pausing briefly to glance my way before proceeding to drink from her palm, thirsty and trusting.

From a precious soul, precious love emanated from her eyes in sharing and caring for this small, delicate creature.

I’d never seen a bird smile before that day, and I’ll always treasure the beauty in her eyes – a joy in my heart.

© 2021 Phil Perkins


PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

Rhinoceros Giraffe Elephant

Elephant Giraffe Rhinoceros

A dusty, parched landscape and blistering hot sun has this elephant, giraffe and rhinoceros on the move, searching for a drink of water. See prints and more in my shops at Redbubble, Society 6 and Pixels. Thanks!

Sea Monsters

Quietly lurking in the dark ocean waters of a desolate, alien world, two hungry sea monsters scavenge a shallow lagoon in search of a meal.

If you’re hungry to see more, visit my shops at RedbubbleSociety 6 and Pixels. You won’t find any fish, just some cool products & great gift giving ideas…and, please – stay out of the water!

Surreal Desert Elephants

In this unusual desert scene, elephants walk in a single file line on a quest for water, with transparent flatscreen monitors rotating within one another. To create this design, I used Bryce, Adobe Photoshop and Filter Forge software. Guests can visit my shops at Society 6, Redbubble, Fine Art America and Cafepress to discover some cool products. Hope to see you soon…

More Deer Grazing

Prints available. Photographed along the 11-mile scenic drive at Cades Cove, a popular national park in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, these two deer were part of a larger group enjoying breakfast.

Three Bears At Cades Cove, TN

During a recent visit to Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I was photographing an old wooden-homestead, when people nearby began to gather along the tree-line.

I walked in that direction to observe three bears (a mother with two cubs) climbing around in a tree. Here are a few pictures taken during their descent:

Another Black Bear Video

Last August, while hiking at the Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

Please read: Part One – Close Encounter With Bears

Part Two – Another Black Bear Video

Fortunately, the bear appeared preoccupied with his search for lunch, shifting rocks in the stream to un-house potential sources of food. I stood behind trees, when possible, watching the bear move further away as I cautiously followed.

At a switchback in the trail, I paused to record this video with the zoom feature on my camera. Although the stream was generally quite shallow, the bear found a deeper pool in which to relax and keep cool –

Near the end of the video, you’ll observe (as I did) that the bear elevates his nose, sniffing in the air to identify an odor of my presence. At this point, the trail changed direction, and so did I – uphill and away!

Footnote: I didn’t realize it at the time, but, if you turn up the volume on the video – and, the volume on your computer/device – you’ll hear the bear grunt as he detects my scent – yikes!!!

If you like the header-image (above), it’s based on a photograph I took that day while hiking. A larger size is available on prints (and more) in my galleries at Pixels and/or Fine Art America. Thanks for stopping by!