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.

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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.

 

 

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:

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!