Here a female mate is injured and the condition is soon fatal.

She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.

Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.

He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead.

He tried to move her … a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never
come back to him again, he cries with adoring love.

He stood beside her, saddened of her death.    
Finally aware she would never return to him, he stood beside her body

with sadness and sorrow.

Millions of people cried after seeing these photos
in America, Europe, Australia, and even India .

The photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the most
famous newspaper in France.  All copies of that edition were
sold out on the day these pictures were published.
And many people think animals don’t have brains or feelings?

You have just witnessed Love and Sorrow felt by God’s creatures.

The Bible says God knows when a sparrow falls.

How much more He cares for us.

Live simply, love generously, care deeply and speak kindly.

Grace is God reaching down.
Faith is man doing what God wants us to do, without questioning it.


On a fun side note, if you didn’t see it, the new SJC Regency Theatre, that Tim worked on is obviously in San Juan Capistrano CA, where the swallows return yearly.  The Capistrano Insider came across a an old cartoon that features the swallows returning to the mission:  Swallow the Leader.  They suggested that maybe the new Regency theater might add it to their screen next March, when the Swallows make their yearly return again…  

Regency Theatre San Juan VIP Opening – the Beginning of an Era

Morocco and Hollywood Coming to Old San Juan??


About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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  1. Mark says:

    Hate to break the bad news here…but what the male bird is actually doing is trying to MATE with this female bird…and likely has no idea what is going on.

    • Ask Marion says:

      That may be the case, but I choose to believe the story told by the photographer who was there.

      I am much too much the realist about life and politics in general, but sometimes I like to believe that there is some beauty in the world and nature.


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