White-tailed Deer

“Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.”

~Fred Bear, (1902-1988) American bow hunter, bow manufacturer, author, and television host

(Quote Source: wideopenspaces.com)

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This is a White-tailed Deer standing in a field of wildflowers.

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Black-capped Chickadee

“We learned to be patient observers like the owl.  We learned cleverness from the crow; and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But, above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.”

~Tom Brown, Jr. (1950- ) American naturalist, tracker, survivalist, and author

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Anyone who gardens around chickadees can tell you about the curiosity and the pluck of this little bird.  Whether I am digging in the dirt on my hands and knees, walking through the yard with a garden hose to water, or scrubbing out the bird bath with a wire brush I  will regularly witness a chickadee on a nearby branch peering at me in a quizzical manner.  They tilt their head and look at you with just one of their eyes as if to say, “Who are you and what are you doing here?”  I think of them as my little guardians of the garden and enjoy their antics immensely.

Imogen Cunningham

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Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) was named by her father after the heroine of Shakespeare’s play, Cymbeline. She was an American photographer known for her photography of botanicals, nudes and industry.

Cunningham began her lengthy career in 1901 after sending away for a $15 camera. Her photographic work was varied and included numerous exhibitions, a career with Vanity Fair, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Even at the age of 92, Cunningham continued to create with a work that would be her last, a book entitled  After Ninety. The book featured portraits of the elderly, many of whom were her friends.

Clouds are Fickle

“The sky and the sun are always there. It’s the clouds that come and go.”

~Rachel Joyce, British author

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There are aspects to nature that bring me comfort, like knowing the sun will rise each morning regardless of anything that happens the day before.  It is entirely up to me whether I choose to focus upon the clouds that  occasionally appear.

A Conscious Choice

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“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)