Catchin’ the Sunrise


Seaside Park, New Jersey. A peaceful place of sand, waves and sky, where the new dawn greets a fisherman catching the sunrise – and maybe more.

“How often, then, we miss the sunrise and its simple blessings. These blessings are not metaphorical. They are more than merely beautiful; they are a reminder from God: ‘Look what I bring forth out of every dark night; such is the work I shall do within you.'” – Marianne Williamson

Happy Dance

HappyDanceJuvenile Green Herons appear to be celebrating as they gather together in Irvington, New York.

“Keep Calm and Bird On!” – Daniella, a Yonkers, New York fifth grade student

Singing Our Song

BlueWingedWarbler_wordpress“Sometimes I get nature to pray when I don’t have the words – I let a rushing river say my prayer. I let the mountain wind be my whisper. I let the chirping birds be my song. A day in nature is never wasted.” – Jared Brock from his book A Year of Living Prayerfully

Spring Migration Jubilation

“It’s raining birds!” wrote a particularly enthusiastic birder after recently spending a day in Central Park. Dave Taft of the New York Times described the birds as “colorful, frenetic migrants” and “tiny bundles of nerves, flitting through treetops in near perpetual motion, their gorgeous colors a blessing for the eyes.”

Redstart_wordpressFemaleRedstart_wordpresswarbler2_wordpressPhotographed this May at Rockefeller State Park, top to bottom: American Redstart (male and female) and Yellow Warbler.

Four Mouths to Feed


After constructing her nest, this robin patiently sat and warmed her four, blue eggs for two weeks, rarely leaving her nest. This photo is for my Mom who personifies patience as well as all of the other virtues that mothers need most.

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

Blue and Bold


A belligerent Blue Jay made it quite clear that a Red-tailed Hawk was not welcome company at Rockefeller State Park. It made four or five “sneak attacks” before the annoyed hawk finally flew away.

Small Pond Bounty

Walks around a small pond near our home provide access to an abundance of wildlife. This week, a Great Blue Heron missed and then caught a fish, a Black-Crowned Night-Heron waited his turn and an Eastern Chipmunk found a cozy hideaway. Halsey is a small pond but so full of life.

Heron1_wordpressHeron2_wordpressBlackCrownedNightHeron_wordpressEasternChipmunk_wordpress“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

Moving Forward


Count me among the many with a great admiration for Pope Francis. His recent Apostolic Exhortation “The Joy of Love” provides plenty of reflections on life in the family. A couple of excerpts include the following: “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.”

“I thank God that many families, which are far from considering themselves perfect, live in love, fulfill their calling and keep moving forward, even if they fall many times along the way.”