Heron Education; “Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone was a plastic clone of an ideal human?”

Recently was asked my opinions on “education”.

Always believed in the Institutions of Higher Learning, the importance of a “degree” and today, for the first time in my life all guards are down; just like the economy.

How much learning does one have to do already? The truth is, decades of debt and really, really bad decisions are starting to catch up with us, personally and now globally.

The greatest deterrent to confidence is the fear one can’t handle the consequences. Been an assured soul my entire life, challenging myself was an inherent manifestation. Quest for knowing and being ontop, whatever my sights were on, fire in my step, forward motion was an afterthought. Oh the labors of love. And all of this, well and good if you’re a dominatrix, so where did this mind-state of mine come from?

Maybe it was decided in my youth, or maybe womb?  Either way, style or not, no diapers on now, know how to flush, just point out the roll, cuz a woman needs to wipe and snap the swivel whip of forward motion. But this time, as my focus sharpens it’s Nature’s whisperings which lead me to brush understanding. You can spend a lifetime learning yet never quite live.

Here is the little guy I spied; He is called Night Heron. I almost missed him, so quiet and content up in his tree.

Night Heron @ Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach Florida   © Brenda Stevens

Thought Ornithology, in reference to the Heron,  was a definite understanding in my cap until I took this test.

A heron ID quiz

Here is a photo of a white heron, taken by Constance Mier on the main shoreline of Biscayne Bay National Park, near Miami, Florida, on May 25, 2012.

White heron

Question 1
What is the species of this all-white heron?
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Cattle Egret
Little Blue Heron (immature)
Great Egret
Great Blue (Great White) Heron
Snowy Egret

Not only learned about leucism but melanism too! And then it got me thinking how little I did know about this species of bird, (when i thought i did) and just what was the lesson for today?

.. there are many layers of truth to understand, and wholeness is impossible to attain in one dive. You do belly flops when you become judgmental, rigid and flat. Diving deeply into your feelings, you may emerge renewed. But being too critical, merely floating on top of the water, you will callously break your spirit in the process. Dive deeply but do not hold your breath while waiting for instant or total enlightenment. If you do not resurface for air, the collective feelings of humanity and the infinite depth of eternity can drown you.

excerpt taken from  Sams, J., Carson, D., (1999). Medicine Cards (revised expanded edition) New York:St Martins Press. p.218

© Brenda Stevens photography

Alrighty then, so maybe I don’t always need to be on top, spank, crack the whip or stomp on the flowers! Breathing is easier these days.

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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12 Responses to Heron Education; “Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone was a plastic clone of an ideal human?”

  1. k~ says:

    Brenda, you always have such wonderful images of birds… and I love them all! The beginning text made me smile, it was clever and real. Breathing works 😉

  2. Jo says:

    So now we know you like to be on the top…have fire in your step…live to learn…crack the whip!
    Got it! ♥

  3. Eccentricity says:

    I completely enjoyed reading. 🙂

  4. Steven Clark says:

    “Dive deeply but do not hold your breath while waiting for instant or total enlightenment.” Definitely needed to read that today, I have to constantly remind myself that finding inner peace is a journey, not a destination. Thank you.

  5. Pushpee says:

    so true, there are layers of truth to understand and each layer has a different perception, different value, education may help us realize the truth but uneducated see it too…

  6. Amy Morgan says:

    “cuz a woman needs to wipe and snap the swivel whip of forward motion”…that was good! Loved the start iece, the reminder and lesson to breathe and as always…the lovely photos!

  7. Joyce says:

    Before this, I knew nothing about herons. Thanks for the education.


  8. Just love your pics of the herons. The first blue heron is quite handsome…

  9. Jon-Mark says:

    Looks like a Yellow Crown to me. Face, legs and stance.

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