Two female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds perform a delicate dance among wildflowers.
A Rock Pigeon, not so delicately, shakes water from his feathers while his mate appears less than pleased by his behavior.
“… to feel the sun on my back and the wind on my face. I find my peace, my solitude, in the time I am alone in nature.” – Terry Tempest Williams – Refuge
“Take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.” – John O’Donohue
“No one knows what they are saying in their small voices, but one might well guess it’s a kind of happiness. Even though all the world offers them is a field of seeds. Sometimes it only takes that much.” – from Goldfinches by Mary Oliver
“Open your ears to the voices of nature, and you shall hear them, in concert, inviting you to the love of God.” – Venerable Louis of Granada (in contemporary English)
A Rock Pigeon takes flight from the cool waters of a creek that leads to the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, New York. One way pigeons can find their way home from great distances is by sensing the earth’s magnetic fields.
“Poetry gives us access to those reasons of the heart which reason cannot fathom. Only the poet within each of us has eyes for the inherent sacredness of nature.” – David Steindl-Rast Essential Writings
“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness and for compassion.” – Desmond Tutu
Certainly left off the guest list for the royal wedding but dignified nonetheless, this Royal Tern performs a majestic landing alongside the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
“Each in our own way, we need to return to our ancient heritage as guardians of the Earth, so that we may once again be present here, holding the Earth with our hearts and souls as well as in our minds and hands.” – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee – Spiritual Ecology
Every living thing is delicately balanced to live in a special place and in a special way. It is imperative that we protect this delicate balance in nature. We need to care for our common home.
The Veery, Green Heron and Common Yellowthroat are among the many birds that gather, in spring, at two of my favorite places; Rockefeller State Park and Halsey Pond in New York.