Sky Hunters and Below

Always love to witness Nature on the fly, especially the Osprey. This day as I peered out on the banks of the river had this visitation. BAM he struck the water with such force and came up with this mullet but soon dropped him. That’s when a pair of brown Pelican’s flew in for their infamous scoop and gulp fill!

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Unlike other pelicans, brown pelicans hunt by diving into water with wings partly folded in order to catch prey. They’ve learned that they can get a better aim at fish under water if they dive between 60 and 90 degrees, water refraction reduced makes for good spear fishing.  Their pouch will hold up to three gallons of water and the stomach about one gallon! It was fun to watch them feed today. Here is a poem written by humorist writer Dixon Lanier Merritt

A wonderful bird is the pelican,

His bill will hold more than his belican,

He can take in his beak

Enough food for a week

But I’m damned if I see how the helican! 

It’s cold here in Florida, my nose is running, sniffling shuffle through the brisk breeze and then this dragonfly catches my eye, he is unaffected by this weather, holding fast he warms himself and lets me get a closeup shot. Sitting by this stream, making certain no pile of red ants will make its way to my derriere, I crack myself up. Ahh the dangers I must avoid while getting a shot.

These are the streams we find here in Florida and it’s a blessing this sweet pathway, gently meandering, waters crystal clear. A pink dragonfly lands right in front of me, misty brown and crystal wings, an oracle of refreshing. Sit there for quite awhile, absorbing his beauty, zooming into a delicate kaleidoscope of of crimson, almost missed.

Streams of consciousness, flows of thought almost missed because we don’t make time to be still, quiet enough to hear, and dare to be honest with ourselves.

The male Roseate Skimmer is Florida’s only pink dragonfly. Foraging for insects they sit at the top of tall vegetation. Naiads , their larvae, are here in this silty bottom shallow streams, living underwater feeding on mosquito larvae, even small fish and tadpoles.  As flying adults, dragonflies continue to feed on adult mosquitoes snatching and consuming them in mid air! Also within the brackish waters are the needle fish.  Below are a few pictures found on the internet of the Needlefish.

Never knew about their territorial ways and goodness, if you threaten them they will spring forth as their given name; spearing their adversaries. They have been known to kill humans, about par with coconut deaths.   “Their sharp beaks can puncture the human body and the beak might break inside the body. Such cases have been very rare; however, there have been records of death of two people in Hawaii and Vietnam due to attack by the needlefish. A 10 year old boy in Hawaii was attacked by a needlefish, piercing his eyes and brain. The other victim was a Vietnamese whose heart was pierced by a needlefish. Apart from these fatal incidents, there are cases where people have suffered punctures on various parts of their bodies.” needlefish

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. Bryant H. McGill

Respect Nature, respect the unique anatomy and well SPEAR FISH SPEAR! And butterflies flutter and broken hearts… bleed.

Ahh no regret….no remorse………..we learn to live half a life. Letting go of all rejection we smile, we heal, we hope, we love on.

It’s taken me a long time flying out of the depths of rejection. To regain the light of understanding hoping for true healing. Praying may the ice melt in your soul.

Bitterness is not a healthy cloak to wear.

Really all we need is to open our hearts to what CAN BE! Do we dare to believe?

“Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.”  Adele Laurie Blue Adkins / Daniel D. Wilson

Yes, please see through the walls, stay kind to all and take a moment to put yourself in the “other’s” shoes, and well, dare to love.  whether equipped with wings or fins, dive deep.

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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2 Responses to Sky Hunters and Below

  1. Myke Todd says:

    I invite rejection. I revel in rejection. Then, out of the blue, the wrong person or entity rejects me, and I have a melt down. For what it is worth, I am getting better at being alone.

    As if that is a skill…

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