Autumn Days

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“May you approach this season with gratitude and with a deeply rooted hope that every day will teach you something that is an integral part of your growth.” – Morgan Harper Nichols.

On The Lookout

Peregrines_wordpressFive-hundred feet above the Hudson River, a pair of Peregrine Falcons share a perch at State Line Lookout State Park in New Jersey today.

Peregine2_wordpressThe female, pictured here, is larger than the male in this species.

Peregrine_wordpressPeregrine Falcons are the fastest animals on earth. They can descend at speeds of up to 200 MPH.

Baldie_wordpressBald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons offer a story of hope for us as they have made a great comeback after the use of  the pesticide DDT was banned in 1972.

RedTail_wordpressFall hawk migration is now under way. Thousands of hawks like this Red-tailed Hawk are now heading south for the winter.

“You can never have enough nature.” – Henry David Thoreau

Montauk’s Lighthouse

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Commissioned by George Washington, Long Island’s Montauk Lighthouse has endured wind and water for close to 250 years.

“Everything that is brittle shatters; everything that is cynical rots. The only way to endure is to forgive, over and over, to give back that openness and possibility for new beginning which is the very essence of love itself.” – Cynthia Bourgeault

Inwood Hill Park

Seal_wordpressAt the north end of Manhattan, a young Harbor Seal has become a local celebrity at Inwood Hill Park this summer, attracting small crowds of awed onlookers. Yesterday, we respected the seal’s privacy by speaking in hushed voices while we watched. Seal2_wordpressThe seal seems very much at home as it lounges on rocks while gazing toward the upcoming sunset.EsternScreechOwl_wordpressAfter an uphill walk into the nearby woods, after sunset, our group was able to spot this Eastern Screech-Owl, seemingly mesmerized by the light of a flashlight. Far more often heard than seen, we were lucky to have done both.

 

Like Clouds & Snowflakes

WesterlyFisherman_wordpressNo two sunsets are ever the same. Here are the ones we watched in Westerly, Rhode Island this past weekend.WesterlySunset_wordpress“Whatever is true, whatever is good, and whatever is beautiful in nature and in human culture participates in Him, reflects Him, and finally leads back to Him.” – Bishop Robert Barron

Fuzzy Plover

FuzzyPlover_wordpressA Piping Plover chick at Milford Point in Connecticut this weekend. The parents don’t feed the Plover chicks. Instead, the chicks hop out of the nest and forage for food themselves.SemipalmatedPlover_wordpressA Semipalmated Plover catches the late afternoon sun at Napatree Point Conservation Area in Westerly, Rhode Island on Friday.WesterlySunset_wordpressSunset at Little Narragansett Bay in Westerly.

“Never lose an opportunity to see anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Western Beauties

BryceSunriseSunrise at Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. The colorful and steep cliffs at Zion National Park are the result of millions of years of force upon layers of sandstone by wind, ice and the flowing Virgin River.NorthRim_wordpressThe view from Grand Canyon’s North Rim in ArizonaZionEntrance_wordpressThe entrance to Zion National Park from the east – where sweeping rock meets billowing clouds.

“Nature is a painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” – John Ruskin

Night Sky at Bryce

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Far from any light pollution, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is a sanctuary for natural darkness. The Milky Way and thousands of stars are visible but the camera, coupled with a long exposure, captures even more stars than we can see. The tree on the left points to the planet Jupiter in this photo taken on a moonless night last week.

“Metaphor for the night sky:  A trillion asterisks with no explanation.” – Robert Brault