Defoliation in Nature

Thinking about why I shave and crack myself up. Unshaven people kinda look unkempt, nothing personal just like the feel of soft unstubbly skin, even on a mans face.  Shaving started in Ancient Egyptian time, they shaved their heads and bodies because they highly valued hairlessness and of course back then, lice and staying clean was more of a challenge.

Remember a time in my youth visiting the Cape in Massachusetts, seeing unshaven legs and underarm pits on a female and was astounded! I also noticed I was the only one wearing a bra!!  Growing up in the country, traveling to other states or even countries was not the norm. This one escapade made me smile, yes a refreshing exposure.  That day realized, a perspective different and found it fascinating, just like my jaunts in Nature. Nature well she shelters herself and cleans up nicely.

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This month my friend and I strolled through one of our local parks and started admiring the branch system of the Cypress trees. Cypress trees are the only trees with knees. The knees are actually woody growths that sprout around the tree at a distance of several feet. The phenomenon occurs when these trees stand in swampy conditions which give  supplement oxygen supplies to these submerged root systems. These trees are so majestic, offering shelter to the Ospreys, they’ve become one of my favorite trees in Florida.


Today found an Ibis flock marching around the base of those trees, and it was great to have them pass by without any fear. Got some great snapshots of the Glossy and immature species. Even spied one with her Gular sac, pretty female ready for mating!

According to Josephus, Moses used the Ibis to help him defeat the Ethiopians.  No doubt these precious birds walked the same way amongst the Egyptian waterways! History also reveals the Ibis was sadly used sacrificially in the town of Hermopolis! In the seraphim at Saqqara, lower Egypt, archaeologists found the mummies of one and a half million ibises and falcons!  Thankful that this practice has died.

Spending time with Mother Nature always calms my spirit. As I get older more and more of my precious friends and family leave this planet. Even my patients are younger than me, and it’s devastating to watch young men and women give up in this life.  Eating has become their comfort and with the lack of care and love for their core, their insides break down.

Intense pain, formally called takotsubo cardiomyopathy, but also referred to as apical ballooning syndrome or acute stress cardiomyopathy, is a temporary heart condition often caused by intense, stressful situations, such as the loss of a loved one, hence why many say they are suffering from a ‘broken heart.’ Patients who are dealing with broken heart syndrome may experience sudden chest pain and believe they are suffering a heart attack due to the severity of the pain.  Some experts believe the condition can even be caused by the heart’s reaction to a surge of stress hormones. Thankfully, this condition is treatable and will usually reverse itself in a matter of days or weeks. Our temple, our precious core, is so miraculous. If we will just listen to that small voice within, be patient, FORGIVE our very own weakness, the miraculous will take over and make us whole.  Then we will attract exactly what we need to complete this journey called, living. Life will break you, however within the brokenness is the miraculous. There you face your bitterness and finally set yourself free.

This month has been difficult for me, a dear friend asking for prayer (and when one does ask I DO PRAY) and what was heard, and shared, was rejected.  Sometimes it’s more difficult, yet so important to stay kind, offering comfort and not demanding one faces the truth, for it was too much for her to bare, how dare her husband give up and decide to leave this plane, (leave her) . Here she was demanding God bring him back, yet the most miraculous gift Jehovah gave us was CHOICE, and Our Creator will not answer our selfish prayer, especially when the other soul says; thank you for taking me home, thank you for letting me finally rest. 

Who are we to judge when someone’s work is done?

Father God, awesome miraculous Creator, You love us so, You shelter us EVERY DAY, every moment, every BREATH is seen by You. My beloved, thank you for letting me see You in Nature. Your creations are so darn CUTE. Not only are they so intelligent and so one with You, they so put me to shame. Thank you for allowing me to see You in their caring for each other, in their very presence You are there. Thank you Father for letting me see and feel the pain, so miniscule, witnessing Your Great Love, over and over again. Thank You for letting me understand the importance, the sacredness of staying kind. Your Truth, Your Agape, is present within the soil of our DNA, for Your Precious Son paid the price so many years ago. Knowing sometimes is painful, ignorance kills as one witnesses apathy’s reign. It’s such a lonely place as solitude is full of yearning You only can fulfill. Father oh Holy Oneness, touch these ones who long for their first love, letting go, they may embrace You once again, for it was You all along, our knowing was conceived by You! On earth as it is IN YOU. May we all truly live as You destined us long ago. Amen

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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