What a fun month, actually every adventure spent births some form of comfort, illumination and confirmation. Like the moments of transfixed stillness, when eyes meet innocence.
Every day offers opportunities for reflection and uploads unveil those gray days provided the best light. Difficult to miss that floating head in the water, especially during mating season, heck they are showing up everywhere in Florida!
And then of course the Great Blue Heron, expert fisherman wowing me with another delightful catch. When foraging, they stand silently along the shore, waiting for prey to come by, then they stab the prey with a quick lunge of the bill. They will also stalk prey slowly and deliberately. Literally could watch them for hours.
Below is the Least Bittern. It prefers brackish marshes so to hide in thick clumps of tall plants, cattails, bulrush or sedges. This lil guy was staring at me and to see him balancing on this branch, swaying in the breeze brought me such delight.
Always enjoy the meet and greet in Nature and rarely feel intimidated or in danger, can’t really explain why, don’t think it’s naivety, more a mutual respect. Like the reality of female gator will stay over a year with her young, protecting, instinctively guiding her spawn. When we spy these little ones, mama is close by.
Sometimes we come across intimate moments, the one’s you read about, when mama gator gently collects her offspring in her mouth and brings them down to the water’s edge. It’s a moment you will never forget and you are so grateful for the sacrifice. Remembering a time when your hear your adopted brother say; “Brenda you have a great eye, it’s time to set up your lens fund, it’s time for you, it’s time to invest in your passion.” – Eric Reuter
Will never forget his words, when I sensed an internal shaking of sorts, a season where one could perceive yet not quite put your finger on the imbalance, yup a bit like deja vu. What he shared was indeed a seed planted. He could see what I could not. It confirmed once again how an end is just a new beginning.
Smile recalling those lens fund days, consumed a lot of Ramen. Recently had a cup and found great comfort from the hot salty mixture of yum. Brings one to a place of remembrance, place of sacrifice, determination mixed with a smack of yes. When the world around you is shifting and changing faster than you can handle, embrace the call to transformation.
Yes, as you look in the eyes of the ones who truly love you, you adapt and awaken to the hind sight of wow, and finally breathe and embrace a very much alive connection with life.