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Some of the blossoms have five petals opening to pollinators and bright yellow stamens offering pollen to the world. Others have lost their petals and their stamens have reddened, no longer singing to the bees.

I want to share what I see. I’m always hoping that someone else will get it. That my exploration will also be communication, existing in an overlapping sphere of perception and awareness. I sometime fail, and so a brilliant silence is held in my heart.

The night before last I dreamt of a red bird. The next morning I took out the compost. Our bin was frozen solid so I threw the food scraps on the ground. I sat in the snow and watched some sparrows and juncos checking out the bounty. The birds all dispersed when a young cardinal came over. He sat eating pomegranate seeds. With mittened hands I sketched and recorded him on film.

 

That night I was told that a red bird lay dead in the front yard. I feared it was the cardinal. Did I kill the cardinal with pomegranate seeds from our compost? This morning I went out to see the dead bird. I was ready to see my young cardinal friend and muse… but he wasn’t there. It was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.DSCN4777DSCN4785 I was both happy and sad.  Happy that the cardinal hadn’t died. And that my pomegranate seeds hadn’t killed him. Sad to see this beautiful bird dead.   No longer feeling any guilt, I pondered, How did he die? Far from any windows striking a window was impossible. No marks from cats were visible. Perhaps this bird… was, like many , tricked by our this year’s warm Fall into staying in a place where insects and sap are hard to come by on our coldest Winter days.  I, living in my house warmed by fossil fuels, buying amazon products flown in from afar, using petroleum based products in packaging of my groceries and more, was not completely innocent in this death. They are a migratory bird and we are at the Southern part of their breeding range.  Some travel as far South as Panama, females tend to go farther South. Some males stick around here for the Winter. But our cold snap may have been just too much.

For the birds…may 2018 to be a year of making decisions wisely… When in doubt, leave the carbon out! Happy 2018!

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ice in Boston harbor

This has been a difficult Winter in New England. More for wildlife than for us. Snow storms kept coming, taking away heat, food sources, shelter, water. I ran into some of those that didn’t make it along the muddy river… a Black Duck and a Mallard.IMG_1538IMG_1152  One day after passing those past, I entered the museum and saw Kathe Kollwitz’s sculpture of a young girl in death’s grip.  Later I walked outside, by the river, and saw a female Mallard, looking very weak, with a male staying close and seeming to support her along.IMG_1308IMG_1309. Winter is a time of loss. Those that don’t die may hibernate or remain dormant. After loss, sometimes there is a pause before new life emerges. This pause, between Winter and Spring, is for some the most challenging time. It is when we feel the loss, but the new life seems still abstract and elusive. I think this is the time that we need to let our dreams burn bright… let ourselves be completely immersed in what is clear, deep and ready to flower inside us. Barbara Kingsolver writes,” The sky was too bright and the ground so unreliable, she couldn’t look up for very long. Instead her eyes held steady on the fire bursts of wings reflected across water….” Here’s to the hopes and dreams…  we can let them grow strong inside us.  Spring and its fertile ground will soon be ready to welcome animals, plants and our truest dreams to live and flourish.

1Versatile Blogger Award

Dear Kitty. some blog https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/has been so generous as to nominate rebeccaarnoldisblog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much, my dear blogger friend! You’ve got a great blog!

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

2. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award and include a link to their site (and tell them that you have nominated them).

3. State 7 things about yourself.

SEVEN THINGS ABOUT ME:

1. I began this blog to encourage myself in a daily practice of art-making, nature observation and writing… I also was recovering from a broken heart and it was a great way to get out of my loneliness and feel that I was sharing something with the world.

2. I began this blog to encourage others to connect with life inside (emotion, breath, body, spirit) and life surrounding (nature).

3. Many of my photos are taken while walking my dog… she teaches me a lot, and maybe some day I will have a blog about her.

4. I’m not a photographer. I’m a painter, never studied photography, and have a point and shoot camera, but strangely enough I post mostly photos. Maybe some day I will study photography, and/or get a digital SLR!

5. I have a meet up group called, yoganatureart adventures. come along!

6. I lead workshops that focus on yoga/body awareness, art-making and nature study,through arnold arboretum,  mass audubon at wellfleet bay, quiet mind yoga studio, yoga east, musketaquid and through the brookline art center, come along! If you know a place that might want to host this type of workshop, please let me know.

7. I love underdog animals. For instance, one that has been bombed and poisoned and still is today, the common crow. I find crows beautiful and fascinating… and they count to 7.

 

 

 

 

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