25 January 2013
Love is the theme of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. While there is an instantaneous reflex that lingers on family, friends and pets, each of us are driven by our emotions and passions for non-human relationships too.
As I began his post, I decided that my entries would focus on my devotion to nature–nature as inventor, nature as artist, nature as innovator, nature as healer, nature as provider, nature as mystic, nature as wizard, nature as motivator. For me Mother Nature is the quintessential master of the universe. We are dependent and interdependent upon her knowledge and wisdom. It’s too bad that “we” do not listen with more heart and soul.
I’ve had a love affair with her forever. Whether it’s through daily walks, wildlife preserves or simple watching my menagerie of birds at my feeding stations, I am a follower. Honestly, she inspires me.
In the Lens section are three photographs that were taken at the end of 2012 and this month. Each has an element of that love, that devotion, that reverence. Image one replicates the bliss that I experience at the sight of a newly-formed blossom. The Christmas cactus is a brilliant deep pink–a pink that kept me starring. Image two is one of my favorite pastimes: pondering reflections and honoring their staggering beauty and whimsy. The last photograph is Ishta Tanka, a male peregrine falcon. It has been recuperating at the Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc., which is a nationally- recognized care center for birds.
Ishta Tanka (means “great eyes” in Native American) lives outside in a huge cage. I spent a long time simply being in the presence of its magnificence. This species was removed from the endangered list in 1999, and that’s precious news. Please click here and learn about this organization that is a consummate agent for nature’s birding population.
Thank you WordPress for giving me a chance to brag about my feelings for the wonders of the world, which are wrapped in nature’s bounty and ready for our discovery.
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