Beauty in the Mountains…..

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We just spent a week in the beautiful area in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and surrounding national parks.  The town has become modernized???? and decided to change the name to Jackson.  We have been going there since 1975 and it will always be Jackson Hole to me.

I have been wanting to get a photo of the alluring Mountain Bluebird.  I love the photo I took of the bird on a ranch fence with the lush green field in the background.

All About Birds: describes the species.

Size & Shape
Mountain Bluebirds are fairly small thrushes with round heads and straight, thin bills. Compared with other bluebirds they are lanky and long-winged, with a long tail.

Color Pattern
Male Mountain Bluebirds are sky-blue, a bit darker on wings and tail and a bit paler below, with white under the tail. Females are mostly gray-brown with tinges of pale blue in the wings and tail. They occasionally show a suffusion of orange-brown on the chest. Mountain Bluebirds’ bills are entirely black. Juveniles have fewer spots than the young of other bluebirds.

Behavior
Unlike other bluebird species, Mountain Bluebirds often hover while foraging; they also pounce on their insect prey from an elevated perch. In winter, the species often occurs in large flocks wandering the landscape feasting on berries, particularly those of junipers.

Habitat
Mountain Bluebirds are common in the West’s wide-open spaces, particularly at middle and higher elevations. They breed in native habitats such as prairie, sagebrush steppe, and even alpine tundra; anywhere with open country with at least a few trees that can provide nest cavities. They also readily take to human-altered habitats, often nesting in bluebird boxes and foraging in pastures.

Henry David Thoreau once said:
“The Bluebird carries the sky on his back.”

Published on Mar 28, 2009
Jan Peerce sings the song “The Bluebird of Happiness” which was an enormous hit in its day. It was written for him around 1934 by composer Sandor Harmati and lyricist Edward Heyman when Peerce was one of the leading singers at NBC’s Radio City Music Hall. Peerce’s original recording of this song was cut around 1936, although under the name Paul Robinson (he didn’t want to cheapen his name by recording under it on budget labels). That recording was very popular on the radio for many years and in some cases when broadcast on it over 20 years later was still being credited to Paul Robinson (I’ll post this version in the near future if anyone is interested). This one here is Peerce’s original RCA Victor commercial recording of the song made on June 7, 1945 with Sylvan Levin conducting. As of the late 1970s, this record was second in sales only to Caruso’s recording of “Over There” among the all time best selling recordings of opera and concert singers.

The beggar man and the mighty king are only different in name,
For they are treated just the same by fate.
Today a smile and tomorrow a tear, we never know what’s in store.

So learn your lesson before it is too late.

So be like I, hold your head up high ’til you find the bluebird of happiness.
You will find greater peace of mind, knowing there’s a bluebird of happiness.
And when he sings to you, though you’re deep in blue
You will see a ray of light creep through
And so remember this, life is no abyss
Somewhere there’s a bluebird of happiness.

The poet with his pen, the peasant with his plow,
It makes no different who you are, it’s all the same somehow.
The king upon his throne, the jester at his feet,
the artist, the actress, the man on the street.

It’s a life of smiles and a life of tears It’s a life of hopes and a life of fears.
A blinding torrent of rain and a brilliant burst of sun,
A biting tearing pain and bubbling sparkling fun.
And no matter what you have, don’t envy those you meet.
It’s all the same, it’s in the game, the bitter and the sweet.

And if things don’t look so cheerful, just show a little fight.
Fore every bit of darkness, there’s a little bit of light.
For every bit of hatred, there’s a little bit of love.
Fore every cloudy morning, there’s a midnight moon above.

So don’t you forget, you must search ’til you find the bluebird.
You will find peace and contentment forever, if you will be like I.
Hold your head up high, ’til you see a ray of light appear.
And so remember this, life is no abyss
Somewhere there’s a bluebird of happiness.

Lyrics to song from Musixmatch music

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