Cool Takeoff

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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.

May the wonder of something as commonly seen as a pigeon always find a way to lift your spirits.

Morning Song

SongSparrow_wordpressBeachDeer_wordpressA Song Sparrow greets the day with a morning song and a pair of White-tailed deer share a peaceful moment alongside the Hudson River.

“The voice of the natural world is the resonance of the divine voice. Here the human enters into the divine order, since the divine in itself is not directly accessible to human intelligence or understanding.” – Thomas Berry  The Sacred Universe

The Poet Within

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“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

Togetherness

Togetherness_wordpress“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

Royal Tern

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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

Nature’s Delicate Balance

Veery_wordpressEvery 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. GreenHeron_wordpress

CYellowthroat_wordpressThe 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.

Winged and Winsome

BarnSwallow_wordpressA Barn Swallow casts a distinctive shadow on the surface of the water as it glides over Halsey Pond, while searching for insects.Oriole_wordpressThe vivid orange of the Baltimore Oriole is one of the most beautiful colors in nature.GHeronFlight_wordpressThe Green Heron is also shaded in blue and red.BlueJayFlight_wordpressThe Blue Jay is an attractive bird, despite some of its behavior flaws.Towhee_wordpressThe Eastern Towhee features a pleasing combination of white, reddish-brown and black.

Warblers on the Move

YellowWarbler1 Always in motion, these tiny, long distance travelers are strikingly beautiful – if you can get a good look. YellowRumpedWarbler1Sometimes there is just a flash of yellow visible before they move on to the next tree. This is the Yellow-rumped Warbler.YellowWarbler2Often times they can be heard before they are seen. The Yellow Warbler sings a song of spring.CommonYellowthroatThere’s nothing common-looking about the Common Yellowthroat.BlackandwhiteWarblerThis Black-and-white Warbler and the birds above were photographed at Halsey Pond in Irvington, NY.

The Graceful Pelican

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Pelicans2_wordpressThis is a feel-good story. Once on the brink of extinction, due to pesticide pollution, the Pelicans have now made an excellent recovery and can now be seen, often in groups, gracefully gliding above the ocean.Pelican3_wordpressPelicans feed on fish by plunge-diving from high in the air. The force of their impact stuns small fish that are then scooped up.