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Earth Prayers, Part 6

Old 12-01-2019, 04:58 PM
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And listen, listen to what
it is telling me.
Now see, this is a place where we all "get" that. I love to stop and listen to the trees, the breeze, the waves lapping on the shore...old places, sacred ground, all have something to say...if we listen.

Most of all, I love to mentally talk to animals. There is nothing more heart warming than standing still looking at a deer on a hill a short distance away, and as we look into each other's eyes we learn about trust and sharing and respect. Then, if the deer chooses to approach, my heart nearly leaps out of my chest with joy.

Like this fella, who lives with a herd of deer about a half hour from here. I don't wear my sunglasses when I am with the deer, they like to see my eyes and I must look like an alien with sunglasses on. I take only one shot after he sees my camera, slowly and no flash. He must wonder who that strange lady is and why does she not bring an apple.

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Old 12-01-2019, 06:08 PM
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How beautiful, Ann.
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:22 AM
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Look at his thick furry winter coat! Or her coat, maybe? If this is a fall shot and no antlers?
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:13 AM
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Not sure, HP. I think this was a young one, I remember the day and I am pretty sure it was winter, that's when they herd and come closer to the area I walk.

A photography mentor told me long ago that when you shoot birds or animals, if you can capture their eyes you will see into their souls. I strive for that.
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Old 12-02-2019, 05:29 AM
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Lovely few days' posts. Thank you all.
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Old 12-02-2019, 03:14 PM
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December 2, 2019

Gratitude

What did you notice?

The dew-snail;
the low-flying sparrow;
the bat, on the wind, in the dark;
big-chested geese, in the V of sleekest performance;
the soft toad, patient in the hot sand;
the sweet-hungry ants;
the uproar of mice in the empty house;
the tin music of the cricket’s body;
the blouse of the goldenrod.

What did you hear?

The thrush greeting the morning;
the little bluebirds in their hot box;
the salty talk of the wren,
then the deep cup of the hour of silence.

When did you admire?

The oaks, letting down their dark and hairy fruit;
the carrot, rising in its elongated waist;
the onion, sheet after sheet, curved inward to the pale green wand;
at the end of summer the brassy dust, the almost liquid beauty of the flowers;
then the ferns, scrawned black by the frost.

What astonished you?

The swallows making their dip and turn over the water.

What would you like to see again?

My dog: her energy and exuberance, her willingness,
her language beyond all nimbleness of tongue,
her recklessness, her loyalty, her sweetness,
her strong legs, her curled black lip, her snap.

What was most tender?

Queen Anne’s lace, with its parsnip root;
the everlasting in its bonnets of wool;
the kinks and turns of the tupelo’s body;
the tall, blank banks of sand;
the clam, clamped down.

What was most wonderful?

The sea, and its wide shoulders;
the sea and its triangles;
the sea lying back on its long athlete’s spine.

What did you think was happening?

The green beast of the hummingbird;
the eye of the pond;
the wet face of the lily;
the bright, puckered knee of the broken oak;
the red tulip of the fox’s mouth;
the up-swing, the down-pour, the frayed sleeve of the first snow—

so the gods shake us from our sleep.

~ Mary Oliver

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Old 12-02-2019, 06:26 PM
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So lovely and clever.
Imagine if we made a list like this each day!
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Old 12-03-2019, 03:01 AM
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December 3, 2019

Song for Autumn

Don’t you imagine the leaves dream now
how comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of the air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees, especially those with
mossy hollows, are beginning to look for

the birds that will come—six, a dozen—to sleep
inside their bodies? And don’t you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
stiffens and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
its long blue shadows. The wind wags
its many tails. And in the evening
the piled firewood shifts a little
longing to be on its way.


~ Mary Oliver

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Old 12-03-2019, 12:30 PM
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Takes my breath away, HP.
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Mary Oliver. Must buy some things of hers. Thank you for the many postings you've done of hers over the years, hp.

That one from December 2 is especially exquisite. Thank you Mary, thank you hp. I put it in my bookmarked prayers.
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:58 AM
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Mary Oliver has a lot of good stuff, no doubt, bim. I only have one book of hers so far but look forward to gradually getting more.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:13 AM
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December 4, 2019

I had come to the canyon with expectations. I wanted to see snowy egrets flying against the black schist at dusk; I saw blue-winged teal against the green waters at dawn. I had wanted to hear thunder rolling in the thousand-foot depths; I heard the guttural caw of four ravens…what any of us had come to see or do fell away. We found ourselves at each turn with what we had not imagined.

― Barry López, "Crossing Open Ground"

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I stumbled across these while looking for a picture for today's post. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!



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Old 12-04-2019, 06:16 AM
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I hear this is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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I didn't realize birds would be inclined to play like that - I don't know why. I loved those, HP.
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I never thought about birds playing either, Hevyn, and I think that's part of what I enjoyed so much about the videos.
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December 5, 2019

Winter Morning

When I can no longer say thank you
for this new day and the waking into it,
for the cold scrape of the kitchen chair
and the ticking of the space heater glowing
orange as it warms the floor near my feet,
I know it is because I've been fooled again
by the selfish, unruly man who lives in me
and believes he deserves only safety
and comfort. But if I pause as I do now,
and watch the streetlights outside winking
off one by one like old men closing their
cloudy eyes, if I listen to my tired neighbors
slamming car doors hard against the morning
and see the steaming coffee in their mugs
kissing their chapped lips as they sip and
exhale each of their worries white into
the icy air around their faces—then I can
remember this one life is a gift each of us
was handed and told to open: Untie the bow
and tear off the paper, look inside
and be grateful for whatever you find
even if it is only the scent of a tangerine
that lingers on the fingers long after
you've finished eating it.


~ James Crews

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Old 12-05-2019, 05:29 AM
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I posted at the same time as you and missed the crows yesterday, wonderful videos, both of them.

I have watched swans and Canadian geese posturing for territory but they never ever hurt each other. Mothers and babies swim aside and the two males chase each other back and forth...usually the swan wins.

On my patio I have mourning doves and blue jays and chickadees and I swear they talk to each other. They too share space and sometimes play together and it's comical to watch.

I loved watching this, this morning.
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Old 12-05-2019, 06:20 PM
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That's so lovely, Ann.
We had deer munching on our trees today. One sensed me as I peeked out the window - looked me right in the eye and didn't run. It was such a thrill.

HP - Today's poem is magnificent. I'm going to try & think of life that way more often.
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Just lovely! Thank you HP for my daily dose of delight!
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