Great Blue Heron

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”

~John James Audubon (1785-1851), American scientist

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A great blue heron flies gracefully across a Minnesota lake as the sun dips lower into the horizon.

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge

“Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach (1947- ), American author

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A swan flies over the wild rice beds of the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge located in McGregor, Minnesota.

To learn more about the refuge, please visit their website.

 

 

Juvenile Sandhill Crane

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.  It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.  The quality of cranes lies, I think, in this higher gamut, as yet beyond the reach of words.”

~ Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There

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I was startled to come upon this juvenile Sandhill Crane standing alone in a clearing.  No doubt the parents had taken cover by hiding among the trees in the background.

Solitude

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), Poet

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A lone Great Egret at twilight, patiently on the hunt for frogs or fish in a Minnesota wetland.  I sat by myself on the shore and quietly watched this graceful bird.

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:

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.

The Small Things

“Again I resume the long lesson: how small a thing can be pleasing, how little in this hard world it takes to satisfy the mind and bring it to its rest.”

~ Wendell Berry (1934- ), Sabbaths

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While traveling, take time not only to see the major sights, but intentionally grab a moment to observe the birds, animals, and flora of a given area.  Here is a photo I shot of a Cedar Waxwing enjoying the berries of a bush while my husband and I were taking a break from driving through Idaho on a road trip.

Nature Soothes…

“If you reconnect with nature and the wilderness you will not only find the meaning of life but you will experience what it means to be truly alive.”

~ Sylvia Dolson, Joy of Bears

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When news of the day and troubles in the world start to get me down, I return to nature to remember the many blessings that still exist all around me.  This year I have had the joy of watching a pair of Eastern Bluebirds set up house on my property.  Watching them has been a delight!

Feeding the Birds

“I don’t feed the birds because they need me;  I feed the birds because I need them.”

~ Kathi Hutton

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I ran across today’s quote while perusing the site goodreads.com.  According to the site, Ms. Hutton has not written any books and there was little else listed about her.  I wanted to use her quote, however, because it was encouraging for me to know that someone else in the world feels like I do about feeding the birds.

The natural world has so much to offer.

Naughty Ducklings

“Children are not a distraction from more important work.  They are the most important work.”

~ C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

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I had a fine time at the local pond watching these little ducklings run across and then dodge behind the numerous lily pads.  Mama Wood Duck had quite a time trying to gather them together again!

Surrender to the Moment

“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh, (1906-2001) American author, aviator, and the wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh

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A lovely pair of Trumpeter Swans that I photographed in May as they basked in the spring sunshine.

Wild Turkey Visit

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”

~William Shakespeare

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My neighborhood recently enjoyed the antics of a pair of wild turkeys. The pairs’ visit was unusual enough that I grabbed my camera to record the event. Other neighbors observed the birds through their windows and folks driving by slowed to a stop. For a moment, we were all focused on the same thing. Fun!