Minnesota Summer

“Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends.”

~ Darell Hammond, (1955- ) American actor, stand-up comedian and impressionist

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Summer comes and goes too quickly, especially in Minnesota.

Common Loon

“We all experience ‘soul moments’ in life – when we see a magnificent sunrise, hear the call of the loon, see the wrinkles in our mother’s hands, or smell the sweetness of a baby. During these moments, our body, as well as our brain, resonates as we experience the glory of being a human being.”

~Marian Woodman, (1928- ) Writer, international teacher, and Jungian analyst

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This is a young loon swimming in the shadows of a lake on an autumn morning.  The calls of a common loon across a lake are magical.  If you have not heard any before, click on the links below for a sampling:

Water Shield Plant

“Living big and joyful and content is almost always the result of our finding satisfaction in life’s ordinary day-to-day pleasures.  And God must be fond of them, too, for He made so many of them for us to enjoy.

~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr., (1940- ) American author

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The Water Shield plant is also known as the Dollar Bonnet.  Here is a photo of some that I found floating on a pond in northern Minnesota.  I’m told that this plant indicates a good spot for fishing as it provides shade for panfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike.

Like music and art…

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”

~Jimmy Carter, (1924- ) 39th President of the United States

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I was amazed by the variety of landscapes one could find to photograph in Utah when I visited there some years ago.  I have posted some before on this blog and today offer yet another.  Utah is a beautiful place!

Transformation

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. We must die to one life before we can enter another.”

~ Anatole France, (1844-1924) French poet, journalist, and novelist

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A Widow Skimmer Dragonfly at rest on a plant along the shores of a Minnesota lake.

 

Widening Our Circle of Compassion

While this blog is not political in nature, I cannot in good conscience ignore current events in the United States.  As each of us looks individually for answers to the problems faced by all of us as a nation, please consider the words of this great man:

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

 
~Albert Einstein

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Thank you.

Is it time to unravel?

“Differences simply act as a yarn of curiosity unraveling until we get to the other side.”

~Ciore Taylor, The Conversation Starts Here: A Perspective of Self, Culture, and the American Society

 

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A variety of sheep grazing peacefully together in a Minnesota country field.

Early Summer Days…

“Early summer days are a jubilee time for birds.  In the fields, around the house, in the barn, in the woods, in the swamp – everywhere love and songs and nests and eggs.”

~E. B. White, (1899-1985) American writer

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This is a fledgling American Robin sitting in a pine tree. I love the little downy feathers still sticking up on top of its head.