Ring-billed Gull

“For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.”

~Richard Bach, (1936- ) Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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A Ring-billed Gull that flew steadily alongside our pontoon as we traveled across the water.

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:

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.