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Maples are home; I grew up with four Norway Maples guarding the corners of the backyard.  One was also the swing tree; I found both wild freedom and peace swinging under that Maple. When it went down, my childhood sense of harmony and security shook.

Yesterday I walked around looking at tree buds and flowers, surrounded by all of the other corona virus social separation refugees. There were more than a few riding running talking yelling children with no school day on a school day.

I saw spectacular tree flowers. Many tree flowers are easy to miss: small and inconspicuous, pollinated by wind with no need for large showy petals, bright insect attracting colors and sweet fragrances.  Some, like the Magnolia, break that generalization down completely, and some, like the Red Maple fall somewhere in-between. Small but full of colorful splendor. And powerful in their symmetry.

I hope others are finding comfort, peace and inspiration in the beauty of Spring Equinox.

Happy Spring!

IMG_0305IMG_0303IMG_0302Everyday could be earthday, just like everyday could be mother’s day. Since we don’t always remember to honor the essential, might as well have days set aside to come back to the biggest truths. Thank you earth, water, sky and  all living beings that make up this beautiful planet. Thank you earth for giving us life and supporting us every minute of every day.

DSCN4161 I would say no, a pigeon is no less beautiful than a thrush, or any other bird. Yet when I see a thrush, or other less common bird,  I might watch it more attentively, with more excitement. We are fascinated with the exotic. . Down South on the rivers of South Carolina and Georgia I watched the Brown Pelicans dive for fish, fascinated with what is for Southerners along the coast a common bird. They fly up, scan the water for fish, dive down into the water after after their prey, swallow, and float for a few moments, and repeat.When they dive, they remind me of a cartoon character.DSCN4138 It seemed courageous and skillful. I watched an adolescent pelican and indeed, it seemed that diving for fish does take  more than instinct… there were a lot of failed tries and the dives were not as spectacular.The adults were in breeding plumage, so attractive, I wondered if I was a pelican in a past lifeIMG_0193IMG_0197

Every Breath, Every Breather: As much as we may want our faces, our bodies, our minds, our lives, to fit into some standard form, there is none. Can we somehow explore and enjoy each feature, thought, experience, being as a whole beautiful world unto herself?

The Beauty of Breath: a trees lenticels allow airflow just like our mouths and noses do.