I walked to the cemetery ponds yesterday, and was sitting on a log. I suddenly noticed this strange creature in the water. Very quickly, they disappeared. How often do we walk by unaware of the mysteries hiding almost within our sight? Because I knew the snapping turtle was there, I could see enough to take this next photo, where they are barely visible beneath the water, in the shadow of the log. Can you see it?
How many other mysteries do we miss, how many beauties, how many blessings, lurking just beneath the shadows as we quickly pass by? May we slow down, may we pay attention, may we see what is all around us today.
Yesterday, Margy found the binoculars, and I walked to the Evergreen Cemetery to join in the Audubon Warbler Walk. During the walk, this American redstart flew right up to where our group was standing next to the pond. I had never seen one before. How amazing that I was able to take photos of a warbler with my small camera!
I love the warbler walk because wise folks will identify and point out birds that I might not have noticed–tiny, and often hidden in thick brush, or in high branches. I am getting better at spotting them and moving between using my eyes alone and switching to binoculars. I can’t keep track of too many new species, though, so after seeing a wood thrush, a pine warbler and this American redstart, I made my way back home.
Margy and I took a walk at the ponds at Evergreen Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. Right away we saw this big snapping turtle who lives in the largest pond. We walked around to the back, and several people were walking out on the fallen log and acting goofy. But as soon as they left, the little painted turtles started climbing onto the log to bask in the sun. There were turtles on every available log.
Now it feels like spring has really arrived. We also saw three ducks, and lots of happy people wandering the trails. And of course, both of us took lots of photos.
I was delighted to see this warbler yesterday on the trail heading home from Evergreen Ponds. The black mask identifies it as a male Common Yellowthroat. Meanwhile, I am adjusting my rhythms to July vacation days here in Maine. I have been sleeping a lot, and letting the disorientation of these open days circle me around to re-orienting my soul.
The last several months have been exhausting. So I have been napping and moving slowly, and watching Netflix. Today, I finally started unpacking a few more boxes–four boxes of books done–and soon we are going to the beach for an afternoon swim in this sunny warm weather. This morning, our next door neighbor brought over a gift of honey from their bee hives–now that is very local honey! Another neighbor introduced us to someone who mows lawns. There is so much still to do to settle in to this home. But first, finding my way back to new rhythms.
From Evergreen Ponds, in honor of the summer solstice and strawberry moon. Another photo of the heron on the log… Perhaps it is checking out the frogs under the water?
More photos from Evergreen Ponds in honor of the summer solstice and strawberry moon. This is from a few days ago… the heron was resting its wings, while standing on the dry log.
Another photo from Evergreen Ponds in honor of the summer solstice and strawberry moon. I didn’t even notice this frog for the longest time, it was so well camouflaged in that bed of drifting wood and plants.