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Thunders and Hopes

(The fabulous film above is dedicated in honor of my good friend  and fabulous writer / contributor Julie Bu. Her article comes after the film credits below.)

The birds of Spain
from Wildglimpses

“After many hours of hard work, throughout continental Spain (I leave the islands for the next time), I managed to edit this short film about the birds of my beloved country. Living and working in the richest European country regarding birds, I tried to film some of the Spanish specialities, mainly for non-Spanish birders. With so many different habitats and species, I had to move, driving to special locations sometimes separated more than 1000 km. The good thing was that after so many years birdwatching and working with birds, I really knew pretty well where to look for…

Mainly shot with Canon HDLRS cameras and 400 5.6 lens (sometimes plus 1.4x and 2x III).
Music by Armand Amar (thank you again):
Main locations:
– Riglos and Valle de Tena (Pyrenees, Huesca)
– Bardenas Reales (Navarra)
– Montes de Toledo and Andújar (Jaén)
– Albufera de Valencia and Dénia
– Tablas de Daimiel (Ciudad Real) and Doñana (Huelva)
– Coast of Murcia and Almeria
Species list: (order by appearance)
– Bubo bubo, Gypaetus barbatus, Tichodroma muraria, Chersophilus duponti, Otis tarda, Falco naumanni, Pterocles orientalis, Bucanetes githagineus, Cercotrichas galactotes, Aquila adalberti, Sylvia hortensis, Aegypius monachus, Cyanopica cyana, Galerida theklae, Sturnus unicolor, Dryocopus martius, Dendrocopos leucotos, Phylloscopus bonelli, Serinus citrinella, Montifringilla nivalis, Pyrrhocorax graculus, Prunella collaris, Luscinia svecica, Merops apiaster, Upupa epops, Circus pygargus, Larus genei, Porphyrio porphyrio, Oxyura leucocephala, Marmaronetta angustirostris, Phoenicopterus ruber-Platalea leucorodia, Grus grus.
SPECIAL THANKS TO ARCADIO CALVO (the clip of the Spanish Imperial Eagles is his), without his knowledge and support it would have been even more difficult.
Also thanks to:
Virtudes Abad, Marino López, Manuel Aguilera, José Polo, Carlos Rodriguez, Isabel González, Jacinto Rodenas, Ruben Ramos”



“The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.”

– John Vance Cheney


Thunders and Hopes
by Julie Bu

Tears of joy nourish our soul, soothe our mind, make our heart smile, awake our inner child, uplift our spirit and brighten up our days; tears of sorrow make us learn the hard way, make us grow through pain, make us find strength within and make us value the good things in life we get…

Rainbows and storms define us, they shape our nature. Rainbows can mellow us with age while storms can make us bitter forever. Both are part of our existence, but when storms dominate it’s our mission to keep on fighting the good fight even if we think we can’t… Don’t forget that there’s always a way to be back on the right road again.

We find in tears of joy some kind of fuel to carry on.

We find in tears of sorrow our inner strength but also the perfect excuse to give up.

“Give up” – These two words lead me to focus on adversities – Yes, adversities make no distinctions… no one can escape from them but the good news is that we can overcome them… but how? It’s not easy, I know. When you see nothing but darkness it’s almost impossible to raise your own hope, it’s almost impossible to see with your own very eyes that somewhere out there, there is someone that is willing to light up your path so you can get rid of the dark. You hide from the world, and you start living in despair so you easily forget that the sun rises every morning to give way to a brand new day.

Is there a secret recipe to face the harsh realities of life? We learn from life itself that a little bit of patience, courage, faith, hope, love, a hand to hold, willpower, humility, music and acceptance… help build within us the attitude we need to get through the hard times… but, unfortunately, it’s true that this recipe doesn’t work the same way for everybody… What can we do then? We just have to keep on trying… We better move on, we must not let ourselves get stuck in the dark.

Remember… death is the only thing in life we can’t avoid… anything else, well, as I said, we just have to keep on trying… step by step, only time will tell how each chapter of our LIFE will end.

Stay strong! – This too shall pass – Don’t give up! – Think of your rainbows and cheer you up! – Hang in there! – You can do it! – Cry for help – You are not alone; here is my hand for you to hold. – Get ready to let go and let God. Things happen for a reason that goes beyond your control… just keep on trying, just keep on fighting, just keep on living… move on, don’t you ever let yourself be consumed by the storm.

The wrinkles on your face will tell your story; the intensity of the spark in your eyes will reveal in which side effects of the emotions you let yourself wander the most and the smile on your face will tell the world that, in spite of everything, you chose to stay alive and face your battles.

You’ll become, storm by storm, a master in the art of strengthening the spirit. It was through your adversities that you discovered you were a warrior of life… so you must be grateful for achieving that.

Yes, look at you in the mirror and tell yourself… “I made it through the storms. Come on Lady Calm be my guest… now it’s your turn.”

Celestial voices make the announcement. Can you hear them? They are saying: “Let the round of applause begin… We are pleased to honor you with an overcomer lifetime award because you embraced hope and didn’t give up.”

Cheers to you, warrior of life!



About Julie:

Julie is a fun loving wonderful person filled with life and passion. She lives in Bilboa Spain and is originally from Mexico. She loves riding horses. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Advanced Studies in International Relations and Public International Law. This post is her original writing. Her writing power comes from her honesty. She is authentic and honest. Hiding nothing. She is fun and full of life. She refused payment for any of her writings so we made a deal. Every time she writes. Zen of Water will donate to her favorite charity. A donation for this beautiful article she wrote has been made to – SAVE THE CHILDREN

Guggenhein Bilbao:

Instantly hailed as the most important structure of its time, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has celebrated more than a decade of extraordinary success. With over a hundred exhibitions and more than ten million visitors to its credit, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has changed the way people think about museums, and it continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art, architecture, and collecting.

It is built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Atlantic Coast. The Guggenheim is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The museum features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.
One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, the building has been hailed as a “signal moment in the architectural culture”, because it represents “one of those rare moments when critics, academics, and the general public were all completely united about something.” The museum was the building most frequently named as one of the most important works completed since 1980 in the 2010 World Architecture Survey among architecture experts.



  1. Cheers, Julie BU! What an empowered/empowering and amazing writer you are! You’re so “in there” – so full of life that it overflows onto the electronic paper! I give thanks to you Ms. BU! Your magnificent contributions make a difference! Thank you! (and the Spanish Birds video was simply breathtaking!)

    • Thanks Michele for your comment. I wanted people to know that this was your comment even though it is attributed to administrator which is generally me (Drew). I’ll get you your own account soon. Thanks for all your help.

      • Sorry… didn’t know it was you, Michele!!

        I say it again: Thank you so much for your hearfelt words… your encouragement is praiseworthy… ¡GRACIAS, AMIGA!

        Thaaaaank youuuuuuu, my friends 😀

  2. Hello!

    “The Birds of Spain” what an oustanding film, Andrew… There’s beauty everywhere!!! Thanks for sharing it.

    Thank you so much for your hearfelt words… your encouragement is praiseworthy 🙂

    Save The Children smiles!!

    • I really like the collaboration. We get to write what we are passionate about. It is fun to hear your views. And great to watching your writing improve. We grow together in a way. And many people write in and tell us that the articles really make a difference to them. Thank you Julie!

  3. Thanks for making this possible 🙂

    • Thank you Julie, sending happiness and hugs, Drew (and Michele)

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