Flying

“One space spreads through all creatures equally-
Inner-world-space.  Birds quietly flying go
flying through us.”~ RM Rilke

Flying
Flying Heron on the Sea of Cortez

Well, I am off to look at a little piece of property over in a neighboring town. I have been renting a small 2 bedroom condo for 4 years now and have solidified a vision of what I want (of course, with my budget in mind) in a home: some acreage so I can plant a garden, some fruit trees, to get a few chickens, get a Westie or an Australian Shepard and maybe a mini donkey. 🙂 Yes, you read that correctly!  (Have you ever seen a mini donkey? They are the epitome of cuteness.  Come on, if you can resist this adorableness, you are probably a zombie.) OMG Cuteness Personified in A Burro (1 of 1)What else do I want? A high view of the rolling hills, no neighbors all about in my visual space. And on this piece of land I will put a small home of some sort…I am not quite sure what yet but my latest vision runs to something like this: http://tinyhousefor.us/builders/the-chattahoochee/ Or maybe a more modern container home?  I figure if I find the land first, I can plan the vision as I do more research and hone in more exactly as to what it is that I want. OMG, it appears that I have become a country mouse!! I’ll even need a well drilled for water. I hope I don’t have to haul water up from the well in a wooden bucket like in the old movies. 😦LOL I’m just being silly now.

California, here I come. A trip up the coast, from Pismo Beach to San Fran…..then I need to stay home for a long while to save my moola for this vision of mine. So, until next week, hasta la vista!

 

Hide

“With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing.” ~ Z Ziglar

Heron Hiding
Heron Hiding

There was not too much noticable life in my hike around the Granite Dells the other day but this heron caught my eye as I was driving out of the park. I used my normal modus operandi when seeing an animal and trying to photograph it. Step 1: If in car, roll the window down and take a quick shot. 2. Get out of car, not making much noise (no door slamming) and sneak around the back of the car. Take another shot. 3. Pause for a bit, giving the animal a chance to realize that you are not going to charge. 4. Inch closer and closer, taking shots and pausing every so often. 5. Watch animal run off. That always seems to happen!! 🙂 I guess the worse situation would be the animal running towards you….that would mean that YOU are the prey.

Change

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”~J Rohn

The change of seasons is just starting here.
The change of seasons is just starting here.

How true, you can only change yourself. Your past cannot be changed but how you let it affect you can be steered in a positive or negative, constructive or destructive, life-affirming or life-negating way. Part of that is caring enough of yourself to want the best possible future and part of that is taking responsibility for your own life in the here and now.

Geese

“One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring.” ˜ A Leopold

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A Gaggle of Geese

Okay, this is a gaggle not a skein of geese. I did not even know what a skein was but evidently it is a gaggle except in flight as opposed to on the ground. See, you learn something new every day. I’ll have you know that there are not that many geese quotes floating around so I had to go with the skein one. Shall I say “Sorry” and hang my head in shame? Nah. I’ll save that for my numerous typos (I can even manage typos with spell check). And honestly, this photo is more about the light than the subject matter.  Geese are geese, whether in a gaggle or a skein; I hate to say it but they are not all that interesting.

And she changes her theme…again, in search of the elusive perfect theme that just may not exist!   I liked the last theme better but the images on the home pages were too small and you could only see the full-sized one if you double clicked on it.  Way too much trouble. And I like a white background and one that is not too busy.  Oh yeah, and I  like free. lol

Barn

Barn‘s burned down…….now I can see the moon.”~Masahide

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Barn Owl by The Full Moon

 

It must be my month for birds.  First, a pair of bald eagles and a funny raven. Today, a pair of owls and some funny business. You can’t see the female but she is behind the male.  And how do I know the gender? Well, I got to witness a little owl action. LOL Yes, I guess that is what it was…….it literally lasted around 5 seconds.  Maybe all those blue pill emails going into my spam are meant for Mr. Owl here.  I’d love to have had a closer shot and maybe more light to get better clarity but was happy just to see the owls, period. The moon was an added bonus that helped “set the mood’. 🙂

Eagle

“You can put wings on a pig, but that doesn’t make it an eagle.” ~WJ Clinton

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Two Symbolic Birds in A Stare Down.

I have been waiting to see an eagle up close for a few years now after seeing one a few times but from quite a distance.  To my surprise, I got to witness not just one but a pair observing their surroundings from a high tree the other day at Willow Lake here in Prescott. Even more surprising?  A raven who seemed very curious about the pair.  It circled and landed a few times, squawking every 10 seconds or so.  I wondered what it was doing….saying Hi!, taunting or just curious and babbling? But to me, that raven seemed like he just wanted to be friends with the bald eagles.  Maybe it knew somehow of the birds’ reputation of courage and power and wanted to glean some of that for him or herself. The male eagle was not so amused; they have an annoyed appearance anyway but I think it was actually perturbed at both having their space invaded and the noisy communication which seemed to be asking for acknowledgement that was coming from the raven. The female flew off at one point and the raven then sat in a branch right next to the eagle.  I worried that maybe a nest was there but as you can see, that tree is as bare as a baby’s bottom. The raven’s motive? I will never know.

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E Pluribus Pissed
A crop of the eagle from the above image. He looks rather annoyed!

Not the best shots but I found that witnessing that whole encounter was so interesting and it solidified my respect for the raven.  It boldly stood its ground.  And I left feeling quite lucky not only to have seen a majestic bald eagle pair in the wild but also having been amused at the raven’s antics.