Taken Up

Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest,
lays down its life in its season, as beautifully as it was taken up.
— Henry David Thoreau

Early this morning I visited Stroud Preserve, a frequent place to visit and immerse in nature, and a respite of mine for many years. Zach liked it there too. I captured this photo of a lone Monarch butterfly, its wing a bit tattered, but still keepin’ on. The butterfly as you may know has some very powerful symbolism to life, and death. I thought of how Zach managed for many years with a tattered wing, but kept on, until he no longer could. Or rather, the addiction left him unable to fly any longer. The Thoreau quote is from the guest book of Zach’s memorial service. I wept when I read it today. Hugs and love to all of those who walk this path.

Life’s Energy

Wildlife, especially birds, brings forth an energy that I think goes beyond their own wild lives.  I suppose I have sensed this more since the death of my son, for when I see a bird, I find a sense of joy that clearly mirrors times with my son. A life, joy, and energy that is universal, perhaps.

I’ve had many birds cross – er rather, fly – across my path this spring, some of which I’ve been fortunate enough to capture with my camera. Many are migratory, stopping by only briefly in their trek for some seed and a photo op 🙂

Flying home…

May is migration for many bird species, and I’m always thrilled to see my summer birds back for the season. Too, it can mean nests and babies and cute fledglings coming with Mom or Dad to my feeders.

These from my local favorite gardens, Longwood. A hotbed of migration activity, mixed with our year-rounders, and those heading north for their summer away!

 

 

Thursday Doors 2017

While I didn’t quite squeak out a full year of doors, I was still lucky enough to be introduced to Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge by my magnificent friend (and Italy compadre) Manja. Many of the doors, not surprisingly, were ones I strolled by, entered, or just plain adored whilst in my Italy travels this past summer. It’s a challenge to keep my post brief, so I’ll have to dig not so deep to try to pick my ultimate favs.

Closer to home – well, kind of! Seems these doors actually span coast to coast 🙂

The Perfect Sanctuary

While Point Reyes National Seashore is not a (wildlife) sanctuary, in many ways it presented itself that way, on my first ever visit there. Point Reyes has it all: bays, lagoon, ocean, lighthouse, cape, and LOTS of wildlife. Amazing, beautiful wildlife.

I included too a sprinkling from another brief but wonderful spot called Shorebird marsh in Corte Madera. Many new water birds (to me!) including a stunning flock of American Avocet.

Another amazing  day in my California visit!

Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay California.

Go there. Seriously.

And stop and get crab chowder at one of the small outdoor cafes (well, in California they all are outdoor!), where the chowder cooks in big old foil covered stock pots out on the front porch. Best ever!