“One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'”
~Rachel Carson, (1907-1964) American marine biologist and conservationist
This is a young mule deer grazing in Bryce Canyon National Park.
“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”
~Standing Bear, (1839 – 1908) Ponca Native American chief
“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”
Sandhill Cranes mate for life, choosing their partners based on dancing displays. Displaying birds stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air.
The last image shows them to be more serene. This is how they react once they become aware of a photographer on the scene…sigh of slight frustration.
May each of you enjoy this day!
Wild Turkeys are numerous and their populations have increased sharply since 1966, according to the North American Breeding Survey. They live year-round in open forests with interspersed clearings in 49 states (excluding Alaska), parts of Mexico, and parts of southern Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, Canada. In the early twentieth century people tried unsuccessfully to use farm turkeys for restoring wild populations, but in the late 1940s they began to successfully transplant wild-caught turkeys into suitable habitat.
No other game bird has responded so well to the efforts of game managers. The birds are popular among hunters; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates 21 percent of all U.S. hunters (about 2.5 million people) pursue turkey, making it the second most-sought game after deer. Their expanding populations have made it possible for hunting seasons to be put in place in all 49 states in their range. (Source: allaboutbirds.org)
Isn’t this a handsome group of turkeys just strolling down the road?
“Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend… when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present — love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure — the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.”
~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Author of Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy (first published in 1995)