What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Open Door Dreaming


Karen Davis/Open Door Dreaming

Today, I bring you the gorgeous videos by Missouri nature photographer Karen Davis. I found her when a friend posted the entirely hypnotic video below. Beloved and I watched it twice, and we actually had to force ourselves go adult rather than watching the pelican ballet again (and again).


I’m completely entranced by how close she gets to these gorgeous creatures. We see a lot of these same birds when we’re kayaking in Jamaica Bay, but not in such profusion. It makes me think Missouri is a place my camera and I need to go!


I know at least part of it must be her lens, but she still must be quite close. You can hear the birds perfectly!


Okay, that is a pretty magnificent lens…


And either she’s amazingly patient, or she’s got great timing!


As the videos played, I read her descriptions, and I realized she’s hanging out in bird blinds. That’s how she does it!


If you find yourself getting stressed, I really recommend that you take a little time to watch some of Davis’s videos. There are loads more videos, plus photos, too, on the Open Door Dreaming Facebook page and on Instagram. Enjoy!



Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

13 thoughts on “Open Door Dreaming

  1. The pelicans and the heron…!! We have so many of them down here in the Florida Panhandle–I never tire of watching them. Her captures are beautiful and amazing. One of your finest posts, Donna.

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  2. What joy this morning, thank you Donna!

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  3. Over the years camera and telegraphic lens have greatly improved. The computer can enlarge an area of the pictures if the dpi is high enough. I shot RAW so I can do all types of things with my photos. BUT those are beautiful pictures and video. Hal

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  4. The videos are all great. It is really soothing to watch birds, isn’t it? I have a bird feeder outside my kitchen window and I like to sit in there, at my art table, of a morning drinking a cup of tea and watching all of the birds. I got very excited the other day to have a rose breasted grosbeak at my feeder as that is the first time one has – to my knowledge – visited. My husband and kids didn’t get why I was so thrilled. My kids were, however, impressed a few days ago when a red tailed hawk swooped down into our backyard and grabbed a chipmunk.

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  5. Wouldn’t this be fun. Of course I just might fall asleep and miss out on something.

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  6. Ms. Davis captures the bird world beautifully.

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