On the Hunt

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A “first year” Red-tailed hawk was on the hunt at Croton Point State Park today while the much smaller Northern Mockingbird remained highly vigilant and on the lookout.

Keep Looking Up

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“Look, up at the sky. There is a light, a beauty up there, that no shadow can touch.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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Silvered Leaf Monkey, Victoria Crowned Pigeon and Inca Tern – Bronx Zoo, New York

Animal House

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Yesterday, the nearby Bronx Zoo provided a wonderful respite from the latest news. For much of the time that I was there it seemed as if it was just me and the animals.

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Burrowing Owls watched and listened while keeping a close watch over their dens. Having each other’s back is one of the keys to survival in the animal kingdom.

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“Animals have a sense of justice and also display empathy, forgiveness, trust and reciprocity. We can learn a lot from them if we open our minds and hearts to who they really are.” – Marc Bekoff author of Animals Matter

Traveling Mercies

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We admired an American Oystercatcher on the beach at Little Water Cay in Turks and Caicos after taking a short boat ride that crossed the incredible, turquoise-colored water of Grace Bay.

When we departed, our taxi driver wished us well with a local blessing; “Traveling Mercies,” she said.

With Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

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“Grace, growth, and gratitude. These are my highest aspirations.” — Gloria Arliss

Out and About

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“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

Wonders Along the Way

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All photos © Tom Warren… With gratitude