Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Shock of Color

Traveling back home after running errands, the sun has all but disappeared behind the clouds. There is much road construction these days. Concrete and asphalt cover much of what was once wilderness to make room for our ever quickening pace of life. This winter has been unusually harsh for Florida and even the evergreens have muted their colors. The Oaks, usually hardy, have loosed some of their foliage and are looking a little sad. The non-evergreen have completely shed their colors and now look like stick fingers or twisted knots protruding from the ground. Every thing is dimmer. The creatures of the earth try to co-habitate with us as well as they can. The eagle, the Osprey and the Hawk somehow manage to look just as majestic sitting on a power lines, though I'd prefer to see them in the trees.
I long for the colors of spring. But even in winter we get reminders that the cycle of life continues. The birth critter babies and human babies remind us and so too the singing birds. And sometimes a shock of color.

donvdagohvi
sigigi
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Osprey

There's not much going on this weekend so I thought I'd share something from last weekend. It's been in the news recently that three Osprey's were shot down. It was illegal to kill and is was just senseless. I've been fascinated by eagles since I was young but have become interested in other birds of prey. Shortly after the news of the three downed birds I began to notice an Osprey in my neighborhood. "Was the bird displaced by the previous events?", I wondered. I've seen the this winged brother or sister of the earth on several occasions now. It give me pleasure to see it. Last weekend it perched on a power line and mom and I managed to get pictures (mom's is above). As we humans take away more and more of their habitat we should at the very least become more tolerant of them. Please don't kill them or any creature for sport alone. Take only what you need to eat and take pictures of the rest.

donvdagohvi
sigigi
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Creator's Protection Plan

On Wednesday as I was headed out to work, I bent down to take a photo of what I have always called sticker weed. The entire yard was covered with it. It was quite pretty. I had never stopped to notice it's beauty before. I was always pulling it's spiky fruit from my socks and the dog. What a nuisance. And though the sticker week has no chance against a lawn mower, this previously unnoticed beauty made me think of how Creator gives all things, from the smallest quark (because we've yet to name anything smaller) to the largest bodies in the universe, protections.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ray Cochran

My friend Ray lost his fight with cancer late Saturday. We met, some years ago, through a mutual friend Wind Raven. I was seeking knowledge of "the people" and he was always seeking to preserve it. His wedding to Cheyenne was the first Native American Ceremony I was ever to have the honor of attending. Called "The Hunter" , I think he not only liked to hunt real game, but ways to keep Tsalagi Heritage alive. From teaching us to speak Tsalagi to all the hours he spent working at powwows to calling stomps and so much more. Ray had a soft side which you could see when he looked at his wife, and hear in his voice when he spoke of his son Blake. I know that Ray will be greatly missed by those closest to him, and much missed by we who called him a friend. But Creator has him now.
donadagohvi
~~sigigi
(Hope Chey doesn't mind I "borrowed" this picture)
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