Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ordinary Miracles

Ordinary Miracle was written by Glen Ballard and David A. Stewart, and performed by Sarah McLachlan at the 2010 Olympics opening ceremonies. Please remember to click on each image to enlarge.

It’s not that usual
When everything is beautiful.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

The sky knows when its time to snow.
You don’t need to teach a seed to grow.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

Life is like a gift they say.
Wrapped up for you everyday.

Open up and find a way.
To give some of your own.

Isn’t it remarkable?
Like every time a raindrop falls.

It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

Birds in winter have their fling.
And always make it home by spring.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

When you wake up everyday.
Please don’t throw your dreams away.

Hold them close to your heart.
Cause we are all a part.
Of the ordinary miracle.

Its seems so exceptional.
Things just work out after all.

It’s just another ordinary miracle today.

The sun comes up and shines so bright.
It disappears again at night.
It’s just another ordinary miracle today.


Anonymous said...

Perfect! I especially love the first picture -- all the shapes and patterns going on. All of it -- perfect!

Shrinky said...

Absolutely stunning, the squirrel and the duck are particulary exceptional!

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Great photos to match such simple, yet important lyrics. So many miracles in and around us all the time. Lovely!

Brian Miller said...

love those ordinary miracle kind of days...the pics are amazing...particularly that squirrel.

Anonymous said...

Oh so beautiful!
You do know that Sarah McLachlan is an animal lover, right?
I esp. liked the snow falling while looking up at the sun; the crisp, brilliant colors of the wood duck (could it be any more perfect?); and I want to pick up and hug your Skitty.

Thank you, Hilary, for this lovely gift on a chilly morning.

Sueann said...

Beautifully perfect!! And the photos are amazing!!

Maria said...

I loved the amber sky picture best.

Cricket said...

Miracles abound, don't they. I don't know that I love the word "ordinary." I think, by definition, all miracles are extraordinary, even if they are everywhere. Of course, what is even more extraordinary is how rarely we notice.

I understand the point, though. Obviously, you've provided your own soundtrack today. ;-)

Woman in a Window said...

Isn't that the truth! So much to celebrate! And that rain on the windshield. That evoked so many different feelings, the pull of the emerging season.

take care

Zuzana said...

Beautiful marriage of words and pictures. But then again, that is a gift that you posses.
I love Sarah, I love natural beauty in life and I love your photography; thus this was a treat for me.

Pauline said...

this post itself is an ordinary miracle - the photos are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I have been following your posts for a while now and know it is tag free but please accept the Beautiful Blogger award, no rules attached. Just come to my post and pick it up from my sidebar. I am unable to sign on as a follower due to a Google glitch. This is an absolutely beautiful post. The duck is so perfect it game me goose bumps. Blessings

Display Name said...

OMG...everytime I hear that song, I totally ball my eyes out, it's so meaningful to me...and just reading your post brought that emotion back! Lovely photos Hilary!!!! :))

järnebrand said...

I loved these, especially the last one. I really loved the light in that one. You take wonderful photos of animals too, how do you make them pose for you like that? ;) Beautiful.

Leah J. Utas said...

Absolutely wonderful.

Frank Baron said...

Anybody can be impressed by a major-league miracle. But ordinary miracles are the best because it means you're aware.

Woody is a knockout. Great shot of great subject. Is the blurry bird the mockingbird?

LadyFi said...

That is just so beautiful! And that last photo - true magic!

L. D. said...

The song is great, I have not noticed it out there as I am not good at hearing lyrics in a song. Thanks for sharing them with us. Your photos are so great. Wood ducks are my favorite.

Suldog said...

Isn't that a wonderful song? And the photos you've chosen to go with the words are lovely and fitting. You are part of my ordinary miracle most days. Thank you.

Daryl said...

Thought the snowy squirrel was the best til I saw the cats cuddling ...

ds said...

You know where to find the ordinary miracles of every day! I'm a big fan of Ms. McLachlan & loved her performance. Thanks so much for sharing these products of your sharp eye. They keep a person smiling...

Rosaria Williams said...

Exceptional beauty here! The words help!

Anonymous said...

I love the sentiment...Just another ordinary miracle day. They are all miracles, as you show here. I have never seen a black squirrel...very cute : )

Meeko Fabulous said...

I don't think I've ever seen a black squirrel! That was neat. Thanks for sharing. :)

Clowncar said...

"The sky knows when its time to snow." Love those lyrics. I've never heard the song before.

Lorna said...

Love this post! The photos and the sentiments--perfect.

Kelly H-Y said...

Thanks for the reminder that I want to download that song. Have always loved it, but remembered how much joy the words brought me when Sarah sang it during the Olympics. I get chills just reading the words and seeing your accompanying pictures. Thank you!

Unknown said...

Oh , you never fail to amaze me.

I loved the opening ceremonies, feeling especially close to the events as my brother lives there.

Karen said...

My husband and I both ooohed and awwed over these pics. I love the snowy black squirrel and the mallard.

Hilary said...

• Sandra, thank you. I'm glad you think so. :)

• Shrinky, thanks very kindly. :)

• Bonnie, you've got that right. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Brian, thanks kindly. I appreciate your warm comment.

• KC, thank you. As I type this, a commercial is playing on TV, with Sarah singing Arms of an Angel representing the Ontario SPCA. So yes, I knew. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. And if you picked Skitty up, you'd be rewarded with the sweetest purr. He's a cuddler. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. :)

• Thank you, SueAnn. Much appreciated. :)

• Gaelikaa, I'm glad. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Cricket, they sure do. You're right, but we generally don't look at them as extraordinary. Essentially everything is miraculous but not everything can be extraordinary. The crux of the matter is just as you said. We don't always notice. I'll just have to stop doing my own soundtrack because I so look forward to yours. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. :)

• Erin, I like the idea of "the pull of the emerging season." Thanks so much for your kind words. :)

• Zuzana, thanks very kindly, dear friend. It so pleases me that you enjoyed my post. :)

• Pauline, thanks so much. Your kind words are so appreciated. :)

• QMM, thank you very kindly. I gratefully accept your award. I'll be around shortly to collect it and add it to my sidebar slideshow. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• Rain, thanks so much. Sorry it made you cry.. unless it was a good cry. :)

• Joanna, thank you. I bribe them shamelessly. ;)

• Thank you, Leah. :)

• Thanks, Frank. I'm becoming more and more aware these days, thanks to the camera and you. The flighty bird was one of your little Chickadee friends. :)

• Thanks so much, Lady Fi. :)

• Larry it's a lovely song. I recommend giving it a good listen on YouTube. Wood ducks sure are beauties, eh? :)

• Suldog, it is indeed a great song. Thank you very much for such a sweet sentiment. :)

• Daryl, you'd love my cats.. and they you. :)

• DS, thanks so much for your always-kind words. I'm glad you liked the choice of lyrics to describe my photos. :)

• Lakeviewer thanks very kindly. :)

• Lady Cat, it pleases me to know that you enjoyed the post. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Meeko, the black squirrels are actually just dark Eastern grays. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Clowncar, it's a lovely piece of music. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Lorna, thanks very kindly. Much appreciated. :)

• Kelly, I have to download it too. It sure was a fine moment to hear her (as well as kd lang and Joni Mitchell) sing at the opening ceremonies. I'm glad you enjoyed the post and that evoked good feelings. :)

• Deb, thank you kindly. It would be a kick to see the ceremonies and games in person, don't you think? Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Karen thanks very much to you and your husband. That duck is a wood duck, though he was the only one amid countless Mallards. :)

Anonymous said...

Totally mazing pictures, Hilary...all of them but if you twist my arm the patterns and reflection of the first and last are wonderful. You truly have inherited David's mantle.

Hilary said...

Beautiful song, beautiful pictures. I love the kitties.
YOU get blog of the week.
That's my vote.

Anonymous said...

I especially like the duck all dressed up in his colors!
The Bach

Dianne said...

I love the cats of course
and the fluttering wings of the bird
and the light on the upper part of the trees

always so much to appreciate here

Unspoken said...

This was lovely!

Joanna Jenkins said...

A beautiful series of photographs Hilary.
Thank you.

Michael said...

You know me.. Mr. Whore For The Sun... love those pictures, especially that last one. Wow! :)

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for this. I could hear the song as I scrolled through your pictures and enjoyed every one of them.

Jinksy said...

Another miracle of words and pictures from you today, Blogpal!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Hilary: Beautiful captures, I loved them all but especially the geese, Wood Duck and the Black Squirrels. I put peanuts out for them but the Blue Jays have a different idea.

Carol Murdock said...

Stunning pictures of natures beauty! :)

Shammickite said...

That's such a tender song. And Sarah McLachlan performed it beautifully. There are so many ordinary miracles around us every day and we don't even realise it. Your pictures speak to me. Maybe they are some of the miracles that the song is about!

Reb said...

Beautifully done as always Hilary! I really like the snowy covered grey squirrel.

Nessa said...

Nothing ordinary about any of them. I'd love to see a black squirrel.


Travis Erwin said...

Crud. None of these pics will load oin my work computer. I'll try and look later from home.

photowannabe said...

I am so thankful for the ordinary miracles. Hilary these pictures and the song are a perfect tribute to Life.
Love it.
I may have to take some of my photos and use the song too. its a soul challenge.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful pictures Hilary! And lyrics to match. The photo of the bird taking off from the branch is amazing. Do you know what kind of bird it is?

Mage said...

As usual, wow. And when are you having your next show?

Louise said...

Terrific post! I like how you did it. I always love your squirrels.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Splendid! I would love to see a black squirrel in person. You are very lucky.

Nancy said...

Absolute perfection. The words and pictures melded into a dreamy feeling that all is well with the world. All is right and as it should be.

the Bag Lady said...

Coffee table book.
You will be rich.
These photos are fabulous, Hilary!

Putz said...

ya, know i must be impressed with all this that you do, thanks, and i got a tear in my eye when sahra sang at the vancoouver olypmpics[SP intentional} I AM A REAL PUSH OVER and your pictures brighten my spirit, thanks again

Teri and her Stylish Cats ~ Coco the Couture Cat, FurryDance Brighton, and Disco NoFurNo said...

I love wood ducks, your kitties look warm and loving, and the queen anne's lace (?) looks like a crown...lovely photos and thanks for showing us the ordinary miracles...

Travis Erwin said...

The p[pictures were worth the wait.

Hilary said...

• Moannie, thank you so much. What a lovely compliment. :)

• Hilary, thanks for your vote. Much appreciated. And I knew you'd love my cats. :)

• Bach, thank you. I'm glad you do. :)

• Dianne, thanks very kindly. I had little doubt you'd love the felines too. :)

• Thank you, Amy. :)

• Thanks kindly, Joanna. Much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Cabo. You never fail to wow me with your words. I quite like knowing that I can wow you with my photos. :)

• Sandy, thanks very much. It's a lovely song, isn't it? :)

• Jinsky, thank you so kindly, my friend. :)

• Fishing Guy, thank you. Yes, the jays are pretty quick to snatch those peanuts sometimes. I know my squirrels are getting at least some of them because occasionally they're out there waiting for me. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Thank you, Carol. Much appreciated. :)

• Shammie, thank you for your own lovely words. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• Thanks, Reb. He's a cutie, eh? :)

• Nessa, they're quite common here. Really, they're just dark Grey Squirrels. :)

• Darn, Travis. I hope you get another chance to take a look. :)

• Sue thank you so much. I'm so glad you like it. I'd love to see what you can do with this song too. Your photography is amazing. Thanks for your kind words. :)

• Lisa, thank you. The bird was a Chickadee (your brother asked too!). I had been watching him watching me for a couple of minutes. He was a cheeky little thing and though he let me snap a couple of shots, he was in perfect view for this one. As soon as I hit the shutter release, he took off. He mockingly "chickadee dee deed" me from a distance. Thanks for visiting. :)

• Thanks, Maggie. I don't know about any show but next blog post will be up in a matter of hours. :)

• Thank you, Louise. Very much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, JarieLyn. Come to Ontario you'll see them by the dozens every day. But I agree that I am lucky. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Nancy, what a lovely thing to say. Thank you so much for that. I'm glad that my post gave you these feelings. :)

• Baggie, thank you, but I so rarely take photos of coffee tables. ;) Thanks for the kind words, dear friend. :)

• Putz, thank you very kindly. I'm so glad you are enjoying my photos and that they brighten your day. That's so nice to know. :)

• Terri, thank so much for the very kind words. They're so appreciated. :)

• There you are, Travis! Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

abb said...

So very gorgeous. The song I love and your accompanying photos are perfect.

Hilary said...

Thanks kindly, TSannie. :)

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