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Seize the Moment!

By Lina Younes

In my first blog of the New Year, I described how a lively cardinal greeted me during my first morning walk of 2013. Since I was not able to capture the scene with my camera at the time, I was determined to do so this past weekend.

On Saturday morning, I decided to go out on my morning walk equipped with my camera from the start. I retraced my steps in search of the animated bird. Although I could hear chirping in the background, the little cardinal was nowhere to be found. On Sunday morning, I repeated my quest and was quickly rewarded with the sights and sounds of the little cardinal that was flying from branch to branch chirping away. It seemed that he was courting another female cardinal that was quietly perched on one of the higher branches of the same tree. Since I was able to capture the scene this time, I decided to share some pictures with you.


While spring is officially several months away, I already noticed some increased activity among the birds in our neighborhood. It definitely helps having bushes and trees in the area that are welcoming to birds and other of nature’s creatures all year round.

I’m eager to explore activities that will allow me and my family to enjoy the great outdoors. Bird-watching offers such an opportunity. Regardless of your interests, taking a walk, breathing the fresh air, enjoying nature are nice ways to start the day. What are you interested in? Please share your thoughts with us.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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A Fresh Start

By Lina Younes

On the first morning of the New Year, I was taking my dogs out for their morning walk. There was a vigilant cardinal chirping away from a tree top watching our every move. I was fascinated by the little bird. That cardinal infused new life, color and sound to the otherwise bleak, wintry morning. It seemed as if the lively bird was eagerly embracing the new day and, in fact, the New Year!

I quickly went back in the house to fetch my camera. However, the lively cardinal was long gone by the time I returned. All that was left was the cold morning silence occasionally interrupted by the sound of the bushes and trees rustling in the wind.

With that in mind, I decided that in 2013 I would look for more opportunities to enjoy nature and outdoor activities. Every season has its own special beauty. While I must confess that personally I prefer the summertime, I have begun to enjoy the wonders of winter as well. Even the shorter days and gray surroundings have their own special charm.

So, I decided to share some snapshots of my recent outdoor experiences. Do you have any outdoor plans for the New Year? We would love to hear from you.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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