A drive to get petrol for my car, took me beyond where I “had” to go… down through county roads that led me past way too much colour and “wow” moments.
Is there such a thing as colour over-load. This year we have been simply inundated with day after day of Nature’s magical palette. Yes many of the trees are now bare.. Enough so that you can see their stark beauty as you walk the nature trail.
If you are going to do it, do it joyfully. If you have to do something, choose to do it with joy and enthusiasm. By doing so, you will experience a deeper sense of beauty.
Trekking through an area of land that until very recently was unknown to me, it is only some 15 minutes from me.. Yes I’ve been driving by for years, and never knew his gem existed. Took a serious world ” happening” to get me to actually get out of my car and explore the area. Also.. to give credit where it is due, it took my dog taking off on me out of the car .. and heading down one of the trails with an urgent need to explore.
I took him back there today, but on a leash. He was not impressed. The little missy, balked at going out, so .. guess what.. she got left at home. Too bad so sad, was not going to insist. When Velcro and I came home, we were both full of the most wonderful tantalizing smells. Don’t know how they communicate, but they certainly seemed to be having a good exchange of information ..
About the birds, I saw flashes of colour here and there, and birds darting from one tree to another.. but was unable to get one to light long enough for me to grab a picture. What I can tell you is that right now the woods are filled with the chirping and singing of the many species that are taking temporary accommodation in the area as they migrate through Ontario.
Life is really an adventure, some chapters are easy reading, and others are jam packed with excitement, tension, and the unknown.. Whatever chapter you are in, you have to know.. that the next page will bring something new into your awareness, it will be forever unfolding.
There will always be a way. if you persist and be creative without giving up, you will find solutions that you had not considered before.
Big imposing, a lot to take in. What catches my attention, are all the interesting geometric details, with the fading light, I lingered here and there with my eyes, chasing shadows that were by now long and wide ready to call it a day.
Although my husband and I were both taking in the scene, our focus and attention was drawn in totally different directions. The time was spent by each of us in his own “world” at that given time. The crowd gathered at the picnic tables, were oblivious to our wanderings, and really, that is how it should be…. if you are paying attention to other activities besides the one you are “involved” in, then you are not being “present” in the moment, with the people you are meeting with.
My husband and I are aware that each has his/her own “interests”, we respect and allow that to happen, when we are back in the car and on our way, we share the “adventure” and often get a new perspective to entice and draw us back.
Like the birds, we will fly by and explore another time
PL Principle # 10 I will live in true harmony with my spouse
PL Principle # 3 I will live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things
Wolves and crows have long been known to socialize. A crow/raven is smart, and wise, often acting as a scout, when they are out and about together. Amongst themselves, the black bird will share with friends, and spread the word when it finds something to “crow” about. Ravens are said to activate the energy of magic and links it to our will and intentions. When we accept the Raven/crow, we are helped to take unformed thoughts and to make them reality.
One of my earlier stories featured, Rocco a black crow that came into our lives, and with his strong personality, he took us on some wonderful adventures in a forest not far from our home, It was with his guidance that I met the most interesting “personalities and characters” that dwelt in the forest, on the floor and in the trees.
Imagination is a wonderful blessing. Through the raven I have learned and heard many stories come to life within my inner realm of words. What is it about the crow/raven that fascinates some yet totally repels another. No one really knows. I find them to be my kin, I love their conversation, and their opinionated calls. When they come together to enjoy some social time, they can be very lively and vocal…. when they are deep in thought and searching, their silent energy can be intoxicating, for they focus with determination, and fly with their radar on. All their sense in alert mode. They remember friends, and know their foe. In a study done it was determined that the New Caledonian Crow can make inferences about the behavior of hidden animals in its environment, an ability previously observed ony in humans (Los Angeles Times)
They can be ornery and loud, but who can say they are never loud or get ornery. For me, when the crows come back and begin to tell their tales, I know that spring is on its way. Always they come back, they crow, they call, and when I finally appear, they tell me of their holiday, and I smile from ear to ear, .. they have so much to say.
Isn’t this a beautiful still capture. At one time this table had to have been in an open space where a family could picnic, or hikers in the woods could stop and rest. Now it sits gathering moss and Mother Nature has come calling with lacy foliage to dress the weather worn wood. The young trees and shrubs are slowly making their way over, spreading out their arms in welcome. The woodland creatures now have a place to sit and sun, and in the seasons where nuts and pine cones dot the floor, they can picnic on the moss covered table. Invite their friends and have a gathering party. There will be places for the crows, red wings, and jays in the branches of the trees. What a cheerful playground this will be now that Nature has once again made it theirs.
It is Father’s Day here in Canada and the United States, this is where many would like to be enjoying Nature, just man and his rod. Men are not alone in their passion for fishing, but we seem to relate fishing to the men. This picture was pinned by A Bachelor & His Grill =^_^= . Would I like to put on a pair hip waders and be there, in a flash. I can hear the early morning sounds of a waking woodlands, smell the fresh morning air, feel the soft mist on my face. Sigh, yes, such a moment would be delicious. That said if one ole nasty mosquito came along it would break the spell. Oh dear, the city girl in me just popped out.
Morning smiles all around … feel good smile, share a laugh, be happy happy happy. To all father’s out there, Happy Father’s Day, and to all the women out there who have to be both parents, have double barreled hollering day of joy filled moments. Make the day count.
This photo sparked a lot of comments and not always pleasant back and forth between persons with various backgrounds arguing about evolution, theory, science etc. The picture itself was found on flavorchemist.livejournal.com. LOL I did read a good many of the comments, and have to applaud each and everyone of the readers because they were really into it. EAchd held strong views, no one wanted to back down, and each was determined to make his/her point. One picture, one issue, one statement can illicit so many different reactions. Applaud the differences, praise TAO that you are blessed with a mind to focus on what is right for you, appreciate the blessings you have in your life, /Evolve spiritually on a daily basis.
Do we always have to have just one right-wrong. In Tao, there cannot be one without the other. There is not only one side to a coin. We can only look OUT from with IN.
Being aware. involved, each day, almost every moment of our waking hours when we are mindful, we have pathways that open up and we are faced with what path we will follow.
Good Morning everyone =^_^= I have enjoyed researching how I would present this today, thank you for this opportunity and for the moment we are now sharing.
Calm, peaceful, less journeyed, pristine, the photographer captured the silence of the moment, even though it shows that a vehicle can travel this road, it doesn’t capture that, the picture draws us in, so that if we are very quiet,we will hear the birds and the rustle of leaves as the forest animals go about their business.It is very inviting.
This amazing shot was posted by visitjapan.com it is of Yuki-no-Otani snow canyon road in Japan. The walls of snow are approximately 5 stories high. Whew I see a car driving along there, hmmm do I want to be in it? Actually if you really look there are many other cars so it is a well traveled road, still as beautiful as it is I might like to travel the road in a different season.
LOL now this picture, taken in New Zealand, where it seems there are many such roads to entice the adventurous soul, is approx. 22 km of winding treacherous road with no guard rails (Skippers Canyon near Queenstown) Look at the country side, I would love to be there, however I don’t think in that particular vehicle pulling a load.
Being mindful, means choices, participating in the decisions/challenges the Universe provides us with. Nature gives us the landscapes/tools, God provides! What path will you take today?
I’m a morning person, I love waking up to another day, I can accomplish so much in the morning. LOL I know that for others the mornings can be a little more elusive. Remember the expression,” the early bird gets the worm”? Is that still used today =^_^=
Today will be another day of very hot humid temperatures,I thought I’d show you a little hide-a-way that the birds and shade loving visitors like to find in our front garden. Our dogs will be walked before the heat builds up on the city pavements.
What are you doing today? Did you have a good night’s sleep? Sleep is so very important to our well being.
My morning prayer grounds me and gets me going.
My evening prayer wraps up my day and nudges me gently on my way. When for some reason I miss an evening prayer/meditation, sleep may come, but my nocturnal journeys are not the same.
In PL Oshieoya-sama teaches us that in order for us to express our true selves for happiness and the happiness of others, it is important that we live with true faith in God/Universe and pray to the Divine Mother in our daily lives (God/ Universe/Divine Mother, all ONE)
Have a great day doing whatever you are doing. You are in my prayers always. Blessings!
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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The only constant in life is change. I am grounded in the reality of Living.
This is true, in all worlds. RL or virtual. I am me and only me.