“Our lives have meaning and purpose. We either build this world up in love – or tear it apart.” – Ilia Delio
Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday lent itself to several quotes for me to highlight. With chapter titles like “Slow Down, Think Deeply,” “Bathe in Beauty” and “Limit Your Inputs,” there was a lot for me to like about this book. So please allow me to share two great little excerpts with you.
“The way you feel when you awake early in the morning and your mind is fresh and yet unsoiled by the noise of the outside world – that’s space worth protecting.”
Or how about this one? “In order to think clearly, it is essential that each of us figures out how to filter out the inconsequential from the essential.”
“Acceptance anchors us so that we might focus on the present rather than endlessly drift in a sea of wishing, dreaming and pining for anything other than what is.” – Rose Zonetti
I’m happy to be able to share that one of my photos has been selected for the “Top 100” in the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards. You can see all of the photos by clicking on the link below. My Red-bellied Woodpecker from this past winter is photo #69.
What began as a quest to photograph a black bear in the wild became a three-day adventure along a portion of the Eastern Seaboard this week. How exciting it was to see this black bear foraging in an open field, at dusk, at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.
Two Sanderlings displayed perfect synchronicity as they flew together before landing on a beach at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.
The yellow of this Prothonotary Warbler seemed to glow in the filtered light of a bald cypress forest at First Landing State Park in Virginia.
Another true highlight was seeing a Blue Grosbeak for the first time. This male was with his mate at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. An incredibly beautiful bird in a truly magnificent park.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” – Victor Frankl
“When you feel the earth moving, bring yourself back to the now. You’ll handle whatever shake-up the next moment brings when you get to it. In this moment, you’re still breathing. In this moment, you’ve survived. In this moment, you’re finding a way to step onto higher ground.” – Oprah Winfrey
“What difference would it make to the quality of our lives if we lingered more in nature? We invite you to spend some time reconnecting to the wild and alive Earth and practice experiencing the sacredness of the first Incarnation.” – The Center for Action and Contemplation
They know – it’s time
In every feather they can feel it
Every bird in the sky knows
A change is gonna come
By an’ by
Eric Bibb – Songwriter and musician – from his song “They Know”
The Warbler Parade is officially underway! The May migration spectacle has already been everything I had hoped… and it’s only May 3rd!
“I feel poised at the edge of a great adventure. For me, these birds and their movements in waves northward, draw a veil of life, of beauty, of urgency, across this continent. It’s the most exciting time of year to me – it’s what I wait eleven months for. I will be soaking it in with every fiber of my being. Birds are such miracles!” – Melissa Groo