First day to see the wings forming...and so quickly! Took the picture at about 9:00 p.m. One thing you can't see with this photograph was the gentle movement of their bodies from their beating hearts. Earlier today I was going to get a photograph but the mother was coming to fed them. At that time, the feathers were not this well defined. They may fledge by Saturday...
And for another kind of bird....check out the solar airplane at this website. it has successfully made it across the United States. You can listen to their interview on the Diane Rehm show here. Their messages....to inspire people and help them believe in the power of their dreams...Their goal is also to create a revolution in the minds of people showing how renewable energy can become a reality in people's daily lives.
I stop to watch a lizard.
The lizard stops to watch me.
As I crouch
he too, bends.
thousand year eye
locked in vision.
Vision of this monstrous being
in trance of absolute wonder
by minute, fine detail
of reptilian armor.
Every scale in beautiful, perfect succession
His skin sings -
sings of enigmatic creation.
Delicate patterns drawn down
to the last point
of each keenly sensitive toe;
clean to the end of his tail.
A glove of most precise fit.
His beady eye still
still eyes me.
He steals away from my vision’s
stage of demand
Back to quiescent darkness;
darkness of which my white soul
whispers for crystalline, pungent soil.
From whence this lizard rose.
© Paola Berthoin, 2004
No bigger than my finger nail and a day later baby flycatchers are already showing signs of darkening feathers taking shape. Barely audible peeps, instinctual waiting for food. Mother and father out, hard at work finding food in my garden. Good reason to keep it wild and natural. No need to clean things up. This is where they find what they need for their fragile young.
You can now see Chasing Ice, the incredible documentary of the melting ice fields in the Arctic. Click here to go to itunes and download the film. I saw the film a few weeks ago. It left me feeling in total awe for James Balog and his dedication to his art and passion for wanting to share what is happening to the ice fields in the Arctic because of our current living practices.
Another person who is completely dedicated to using his creativity to share about fracking and the consequences of such practices of extracting natural gas is Josh Fox. I recently saw his film Gasland II when he was here in Monterey. Another must see film.
World Oceans Day _ The health of the oceans begins at our doorsteps, our gardens and our dinner tables. We have the power to make choices that support the health of the oceans that support us in so many ways. Learn more about World Oceans Day here.
This year's focus for World Environment Day is food waste and the tagline is Think. Eat. Save.
Recently, I've been asking myself again what is the best way to respond to the environmental changes we are experiencing. I happened to come across a new book the other day by Mary Pipher titled: The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture.
A few comments from the book jacket:
"With stories of local, mature activism, the Green Boat takes you through disturbing feelings about the future to a sense of hope. It's the book I've been waiting for, intelligently addressing the emotional issues involved without the guilt or blame." --Thomas Moore, author Care of the Soul
Mary Pipher has been our wise and steadfast guide through the worlds of adolescence, aging, and how families can teach humane values in a culture where everything is for sale. Now she's tackling the hardest question--how we can get past denial to reverse the human-caused climate change that jeopardizes the habitability of the world. As we'd expect, she does it thoughtfully, passionately and ultimately with hope."
--Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen
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