FEATHER THERAPY

Being connected to nature has always been an essential element in my life. Birding is my go to elixir these days. This morning I found myself lost in a field surrounded by deep marshes and bird song. I have never felt better. I sat down on a grassy bank and just listened..if you close your eyes and try to identify each bird sound you will notice that before you know it a couple of hours have passed. When you come out of your reverie you feel refreshed and ready for anything.

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“I’ve had a wonderful season chasing my feathered friends”..

Birds are some of the best ambassadors from the natural world. They interact with other animals, plants and even humans. If you stay quiet long enough and observe you begin to understand the interconnections. Birding is also very good for your health and some mornings I can hardly wait to get outside and get moving in search of a new bird to discover…

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Loud cheery Starlings everywhere! 

“May my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living”. EE Cummings

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THE FALLEN TREE

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Faded bark

and hollowed heart.

Your mighty years

in solid rings.

Now you lie

with broken roots,

mossed remains

and shallow hope.

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“To really feel a forest canopy one must use different senses, and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination.”― Joan Maloof

Under the forest canopy

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WHAT DO YOU SEE?

I stood in the field

and thought….

of nature

I will never

have enough.

A man

asked me….

“What do you see”?

Incredulously

I responded..

God’s love

is all around me.

I see birds singing

Eagles flying.

Life weaving

it’s beautiful path.

Can you not see?

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Early morning reflections..

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Looking for breakfast…

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Life weaving it’s beautiful path…

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A blackbird singing his joyous song…

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.. Henry David Thoreau

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A SPARK OF FAITH

 

I am beautiful

Morning shines

fog and sun

conflicted.

A rolling hue

toward the skies. 

A spark of faith

fills the air.

Wings and peace

are everywhere. 

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beautiful wings

 

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MORNING GLORY

A silken day

blue skies and moon.

Earth sang today

I found my way.

Dull hearts

rejoice 

and birds have wings.

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EARLY MORNING LENS

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This is Autumn

soft misty hues

Vermilion trees

and smaller days. 

A chilly peace

where shadows grow.

So magical

this early

morning lens.

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“Like a spider in its web, a vibration anywhere
is felt everywhere.”
― Lois Farfel Stark

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IS IT FALL YET?

It was one of those days when everything just seemed to fall into place. A visit to the beach this morning and I was thrilled to spot a beautiful Mallard Hybrid, now that’s not an everyday sight. After a beautiful wing stretch she went back to sleep.

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Hey! it’s too early for a photoshoot! It’s only Monday.. let me sleep!

Flowers are coming to an end and it’s time to let my garden rest and enjoy a Pumpkin Latte or two.autumn 2

This evening I stepped outside, looked up and a powerful rainbow hit me right in the face! Perfect.

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“To say it was a beautiful day would not begin to explain it. It was that day when the end of summer intersects perfectly with the start of fall.”
– Ann Patchett

 

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A SOLITARY BEE

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This morning

is visiting only once.

The honk of geese

in still blue skies.

Fields of abundance

with blossoms arise.

And a solitary bee

such a sad harmony

….of buzz.

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“Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway”..Mary Kay Ash

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STARLINGS IN MY HAIR

It’s a thrill to see all this beautiful wildlife just as the sun is rising. The best time of day for me.

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I was thinking as I watched these geese pass in front of me that twice this week I have had Starlings land in my hair at garden shops, warning me away from their nest that they had made inside a flower basket. This morning he grabbed a good bunch of my hair and I had a few words to yell at him. I thought, is this a sign of some sort and then gave my head a shake, laughed and told myself ..Yes it is!.. you need to start wearing a hat to the flower shops!

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I spotted this Starling sitting on the beach and he struck me as being rather melancholy…I loved all his colors.

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all good things are wild and free.. thoreau

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BEAUTIFUL FEATHERS

Life would be boring without birds.  Birds  serve as “winged sentinels” of environmental degradation and scientists routinely use birds to gauge the health of ecosystems.Birds possess skills that historically made them useful to militaries. During World War I, pheasants detected oncoming hostile aircraft at long distances and “gave the alarm by their insistent cries,” says one account; canaries, of course, sensed poison gas; gulls followed submarines in search of garbage. Carrier pigeons successfully navigated through shellfire (and past bullets aimed at them). They transported messages that helped the Allies capture German submarines, and that saved the crews of downed seaplanes and a sunken minesweeper. It turns out birds aren’t just useful. They’re bona fide heroes.

If you happen to be a birder (like me) or a biologist, then “of course, birds have an intrinsic value, and we have an ethical obligation to conserve them. I can’t describe the joy I felt while having a stare down with an Osprey. It was a thrill of a life time for me. So many people responded to the shots I sent them, thanking me for the captures as most of them had never had the pleasure of seeing an Osprey in the wild.

Enjoy the beautiful feathers and the message.

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the wind beneath your wings

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“When the Osprey comes to you it can also be a symbol that an important message is coming to your life. When you see the Osprey, it is a good time to listen and to take heed to any advice that the animal spirit gives you. As a solar symbol, its association in alchemy would be that of fire”….

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