Downy Inspecting Wood Quality

If you feel weary of things you have to do in life, go out and find a Downy Woodpecker.

You will realize that everyone has some work they must do in life.

And that nobody has time for you.

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Downy Woodpecker

I was making a joke earlier. Downy Woodpeckers are different. They will make eye contact….

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Downy Woodpecker

…for a split second. This kind gesture will fill you with enough joy to last a few days. You can go home marveling at the invisible connection and understanding you have with the rest of existence.

The other birds I saw that day were: Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbirds, Goldfinches and three Hooded Mergansers (Mallards and Canada Geese too ofcourse!). 10 minutes walk from home, at my treasure trove.

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Rest

Sometimes it’s okay to let yourself have some rest. Let us be kind to each other and to ourselves. Here are a few words from a favorite contemporary poet of mine:

Here let me hold that soul for you because you have been drowning
in labels for so long that you have grown tired of survival.
Here is a moment of bliss, a moment of aliveness.
All day long I expend. I hold together, I lift up, I give out
But sometimes, I just take in. – Lauren Zuniga

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First Images in Canada for 2016

I walked to the small nameless pond near our home the first morning after arrival. I missed being out in nature while I lived in Bucharest Romania. Of course, it was paradise for me the trips we took out of the city. I particularly grew fond of Busteni, a small town Continue reading “First Images in Canada for 2016”

Female Yellow Waxtail

Photographed here is a Yellow Waxtail. I love the eyes on them; a hue of aqua and green. YellowWaxtail

They are commonly found in Sri Lanka and are restricted to South Asia.