Death of a cardinal

Shadows

Shadows

It’s said that when we die, the four elements — earth, air, fire and water — dissolve one by one, each into the other, and finally just dissolve into space.  But while we’re living, we share the energy that makes everything, from a blade of grass to an elephant, grow and live and then inevitably wear out and die.  This energy, this life force, creates the whole world.

~Pema Chödrön

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Cloud

No, not that kind of cloud!

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What’s happening around the pond

The pond reflects

Wherever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see.  You are one with everything.  That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear.

~ Shunryu Suzuki

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318: Back to the woods

I had a Sunday signage post all planned for today, but after taking my walk this morning I decided to take you back to the woods with me.  It’s so beautiful back there, especially now that the seasonal light is changing just a tad.

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286: Sky

Under the locust tree

Yesterday’s sky was so pretty that I set aside a few shots for today’s post.  The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Sky.  It’s been a few weeks since I participated in a WordPress photo challenge.

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279: Karma’s June Photo Hunt

A colorful bird of my choice

First off, my apologies to Karma for being late to the June Photo Hunt.  And my thanks for extending the deadline and giving me a little more time to participate.  Some of the photos will be new.  Some are from the archives.  I had to do a mix of both to come up with almost everything on the list.

One of the pond flamingos in the winter

The colorful bird is a Pink Flamingo from the Akron Zoo.  I have a history with pink flamingos and could have taken some photos of the pink flamingos that stand guard by the pond, but lucked into this zoo visit just in the nick of time.

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231: The Big Bang

(Nature’s fireworks.)

That’s what we woke up to this morning.  Not a crash.  Not a boom.  But a BANG.  A BIG bang.  It was as if a giant up in the sky crashed his fist down on the ground creating not only a bang, but a shaking and rattling of the house.  It was an early morning thunderstorm — much better than any alarm clock — informing us that it was time to wake up and get moving.

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