Living the Life of Riley

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

After coming from a massage in the building next door, I found these pigeons enjoying a bath.

It struck me that they look extremely well fed. They obviously live the life of Riley, as they are not only eating well but they have a huge, luxurious pool to bathe in as well.

I kept trying to get a photo of them dipping in the pool and shaking their feathers out but I wasn't fast enough with my camera phone.

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24 (KJV)

There was a side benefit to watching the birds. I met Maria from Brazil.

Maria was standing near by, saw me taking photos and she decided to take photos of the birds too.  We began chatting and I invited her for coffee which she accepted.  We had a great time getting to know one another.   The way we talked you would have thought we'd always known one another.  She was very kind and invited me to stay at her home if I ever travel to Brazil.  Maria was very busy while in Canada.  She took a short English language course to supplement what she already studied in Brazil, she took a week long tour to the Rocky Mountains, and the big City of Calgary.  She also went to Vancouver Island to visit our provincial Capital City, Victoria. She loved her travels but she absolutely loved Vancouver.

I managed to  get together with Maria once more before she departed on her long journey back to Brazil. I  hope we will be able to keep in touch though she tells me she won't soon be back to Vancouver.  While she absolutely loved it here she only visits each place once so that she can try to see many new places around the globe.

Would you believe that neither of us thought to get photos of one another despite the fact that we  both of us had cameras, lol.


  1. What a lovely experience for you. And all because you had a common interest.

  2. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. The pigeons of Vancouver really do live the life of Riley, don't they? I've always thought so.
    How wonderful to make a Brazilian friend! And how wise of her to take a crash course in Canadian English. Not many Vancouverites speak Portuguese, I would imagine.
    So funny that you met because you were both taking pictures, but forgot to get photos of one another. LOL

    1. Kay, Maria kept apologizing for her English. I said, Maria your English is much better than my Portuguese, lol.

  4. Yes, Penny, great moment in time when one has such an experience as meeting up with and enjoying the company of a stranger like this.

  5. Great photos of the pigeons and a very nice way to meet a new friend.

  6. Good morning Joyful
    Nice pictures you show with some sweet pigeons.
    Wishing you a great Wednesday :)
    Hugs Hanne Bente

  7. What a marvelous encounter and I do hope that you all can keep up some way...maybe she will follow your blog posts...very nice~

  8. Great encounter through photography! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Nicely captured!
    Not sure I'd want to swim in that pool. :)

    1. He he, it isn't actually a pool. It is a fountain on a busy city street.

  10. Hi there - they do look nice and well fed (just right for the pot!!!)

    Thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M - Australia

  11. When I lived in NY there were so many pigeons and some of them were fearless. Here it is different and they are not always patient and brave enough to allow us to photograph them. Nice captures. Too bad you and Maria did not snap one another. Perhaps next time. :-)

  12. Those are some very well-fed pigeons! They look quite at home there. Your chance encounter with the woman from Brazil sounded enjoyable. Maria sounds very adventurous!


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