Mrs. Grosbeak is standing above a little snow/hail (mostly hail) that we got earlier today. It melted quickly; afterwards, the ground didn't even look wet. Very strange. It's still cold and cloudy late this afternoon and there's a chill little wind ruffling the spring leaves.
The Grosbeaks have been back from their winter homes in Mexico and Baja California for about a week now. It's always good to see old friends...although I think Mr. Grosbeak might be a little put out with the weather!
Late yesterday afternoon I spotted a mama Scrub Jay and her baby in an ancient, nearly dead apple tree. This is what I'm sure (imagined) I heard them say to each other:
"Hungry, mama. Gettin' real hungry..."
"Well, I'll zip down here and see what there is for you to eat. Be patient, honey."
"Mama, my tummy's growling!"
"Just a second, honey. I see a nice, fat...
At this point the mother hopped off the log and caught a large, beautiful bug of some sort and fed it to her hungry baby. I'm sorry I didn't take a picture, I just couldn't bear to watch the baby eat the poor bug. But, the poor mother. Was the baby grateful? This is what the baby said after eating the bug:
"Well, it took you long enough! Is that all there is? I'm hungry..."
Poor Mama. I'm certain I heard her sigh loudly as she flew to search for more bugs...
"My breath would catch at the sight of violets, so common in the woods at home, so surprising in the mountains. The violets' message was 'Keep up your courage, stay true to what you believe in'." Jessica Stern
I didn't get a photo of the eclipse (it happened too early in the wee hours of the morning here) but I did get a photo of cherry blossoms in the moonlight. The lilacs are in bloom right now too, and the scent of the air was intoxicating! I had a headache when I went out but, after thirty minutes in that air, it was gone. Cherry blossoms, lilac blossoms and moonlight...a magic air potion to cure what ails you, it seems...
She's a Faery to be careful around! Very moody, she doesn't like rude people (human, animal or fae) and hates sunlight. You can imagine how annoyed she was with me when I had to use the flash on my camera to get this picture. You can see the irritation flying off of her in little blue sparks...I'm lucky I'm still here!
And some other Wildings, big and little, who kindly share their forest with me:
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Young Steller's Jay
Common to high altitude forests all over the west
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Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~~ Albert Einstein
June Is Adopt a Cat Month
But, there are always strays who need a loving home - so don't shop, ADOPT! Click the photo for helpful tips on adopting.
If they breathe, they live. If they live, they feel. If they feel, they love. If they love, they are aware. If they are aware, they have a soul. ~ Williams
I love cats because I enjoy my home and, little by little, they become its visible soul ~ Jean Cocteau (That's Malcolm O'Mewy on the chair)
Feed the Hungry
I think we are bound to, and by, Nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought we know our fate is tied to the world around us. ~~ Alice Hoffman
What I'm Reading Now:
Give a Child a Book
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot
A person who collects or is fond of books. Also, a person who immediately feels safe, happy, even euphoric, when holding a favorite book.
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Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
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Lake Gregory, Crestline
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A Favorite Quote
"I don't want life to imitate art; I want life to BE art." Carrie Fisher
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir, from "The California Mountains"
I'm three-quarters Native American (Oglala Sioux and Cherokee), and one-quarter Northern Italian. I live in a little cottage with my furry "children" in a beautiful mountain forest where we enjoy daily visits from the little wild creatures. I love animals (you probably guessed), books, photography, tall trees, clear lakes, rain, snow, tea, the moon, and creating all kinds of art.