Tuesday, December 4, 2012

U is for ....

'U' is for.....UNDER
Now here's a lucky shot if ever there was one.

We were on Kauai last week. At one point we stopped in a parking lot for lunch and the wind blew up and a little rain began. As we got out of the car dozens of little chicks began running to their moms for shelter UNDER her wings. The sun had been shining earlier so the moms were sitting on the warm Tarmac of the parking lot. Every chick knew its mother and every mom knew its chick. 

DON'T SKIP OVER THIS PHOTO TOO FAST NOW-- LOOK HARD AT  HER RIGHT SIDE.
What a lucky shot!  I didn't even know I'd got it until I looked at the photos afterwards!

 If you know Kauai at all you will know that there are chickens roaming free all over the island.  They say it is because everyone on the island owned chickens and when Hurricane Iniki devastated the island in 1992, like everything else, the chickens and their coops were blown away.  Who can capture and identify their own chickens out of the hundreds that were set free?  Of course  now the chickens are having chicks and their numbers continue to expand.

There's an old hymn from the 1800's, called UNDER HIS WINGS (written by William Cushing, music by Ira D. Sankey).  This photo reminded me of that hymn, but it also reminded me of a favorite Bible verse of mine:

He shall cover you with His feathers and under His wings you shall take refuge.  Psalm 91:4



This post is for the letter 'U' in ABC Wednesday, so capably run by Roger Owen Green and founded  by Mrs. Nesbitt.  Our profound thanks to you both for all the hard work you have put in to keep this amazingly popular project going.  If you would like to see more of the entries for the letter 'U' please click HERE

19 comments:

Leslie: said...

Aw...I see it! So sweet!

Leslie
abcw team

snafu said...

That is a great photo. Look forward to seeing some more of your trip.

Roger Owen Green said...

didn't see the little bird right away! sweet tweet!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Wanda said...

Oh Chris, what a treasured photo. And how it so well illustrates that wonderful old song...Under His Wings...What a perfect "U" post. Give you an A+!

Kate said...

Peek-a-boo. Mother hen definitely has maternal instincts and the youngster definitely is curious. Kate, ABC Team

Luna Miranda said...

under her wing, literally.:p
your header photo is stunning!

claude said...

Excellent post for U, Chris !
This hen has a very beautiful feather.
Yesterday I saw on the TV the new expanding of an old hen of Le Mans (city of the 24 hours of the car race). They were on the point of extinction.

mrsnesbitt said...

OHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh lovely post Chris....ypu knew I'd like it! lol!
denise ABC Team

Reader Wil said...

What a beautiful post! I know that psalm about the wings of the Lord, under which we can hide for protection. Very moving, Chris! Thank you!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for your comment.Yes we could drink coffee in the teapot shaped restaurant, but I drank hot chocolate! For it was so cold outside!!!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such a cute chick trying to get warmth from Momma!

Chewed UP
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such a cute chick trying to get warmth from Momma!

Chewed UP
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Mara said...

What a great shot! I love it. If I ever did a animal calendar, I would certainly include this one!

Martha said...

Love the photo! I too thought of the Bible verse (and a story I heard as a child about a chicken who sheltered her babies during a fire).

Ann said...

Oh I really think that is so sweet--Mommy covering her baby with her wings. Gotta love that.
Ann

MorningAJ said...

A thousand apologies for the fact that my cackhandedness meant I deleted your comment on my blog this morning. I've got a new android phone and I am totally lost with it. I'm sure it has an undo button somewhere - but I haven't found it yet. So when I tried to move to the next comment, and hit 'delete' by mistake, I had NO IDEA how to put it right. Sorry!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh my goodness, Chris, I SO love that picture. There is Universal comfort in the protection of a parent, and as you know, critters of all sorts warm my heart. The right eye of both parent and child are very expressive in this shot, the parent perhaps enjoying the child's trust, and the child quite confident that s/he is safe. I've fallen behind (again!) with blog reading and missed the fact that you are in Hawaii. I went back and savoured some of your inchies and other posts. The one on unrealistic grades particularly hit home, but I still didn't find news of your departure. That's okay. Wherever you are, your blog posts continue to bring pleasure :)

photowannabe said...

I love that hymn and the security I feel being under His wings.
Love the little guy peaking out from Mama's wing.

Abe Lincoln said...

Beautiful.