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

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

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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!

An Old Birdhouse

“We are always the same age inside.”

~Gertrude Stein, (1874-1946) American novelist, poet, playwright

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Pieces of dried grass peek out of the door of this weathered birdhouse. Despite its aged and worn condition, this birdhouse still serves a noble purpose.

The Old Crabapple Tree

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

~Robert Louis Stevenson, (1850-1894) Scottish writer

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There is an old crabapple tree in our yard.  I suspect it is at least 40 years old.  Each year we contemplate taking it down to avoid our yearly battle with apple scab.  And yet, every spring when this tree blossoms and plays host to its variety of birds we decide to keep it around for another year.  I simply refuse to remove a tree that continues to make me smile!

Listen

“The universe is composed of subjects to be communed with, no objects to be exploited.  Everything has its own voice.  Thunder and lightning and stars and planets, flowers, birds, animals, trees — all these have voices and they constitute a community of existence that is profoundly related.”

~ Thomas Berry (1914-2009), Catholic priest of the Passionist order

(Quote via ourhabitatgarden.org)

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The Northern Flicker is a woodpecker that often excavates nest holes in dead or diseased trees.  As I strolled my property I heard, and then discovered, one hammering on a dead tree.  I hoped that a nest was being built!  It turned out that this handsome bird was not in the market for a home, but I did get a chance to take a few photographs.

Rough-legged Hawk

“Behold my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”

~ Sitting Bull (1831-1890) Chief of the Lakota Sioux Nation

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Rough-legged Hawk taking a look at me and my camera.

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The Rough-legged Hawk breeds in the arctic during the summer months, but winters in the U.S. and southern Canada.  I feel fortunate whenever I see one in the spring as it migrates north back through Minnesota.

This handsome bird had a partner off in the distance.  I’m hoping their nesting season is a successful one!