THE HEALING POWERS OF BIRD WATCHING
A couple of days ago, I watched this Egret catch a fish on Coronado Bay. With much patience, it stood very still, like a cat waiting to pounce on a mouse. When the prey was perfectly poised, the Egret snatched it up out of the shallow pool of water between the rocks. It happened so fast! I got one picture as the fish flopped in its beak and another as he swallowed, but both pictures were a bit blurry from all the quick action and my unsteady hands. The photo above came out okay. I love those feet!
If you follow my blog, you already know how much I enjoy observing birds and animals in their natural habitat. I find that it's a beautiful way to "be present" in life and it's especially healing when life is challenging. I love watching birds in flight. I'm often reminded of the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull. What a great read. I was 16 when I first fell in love with that book. I think birds really do enjoy flying. I certainly enjoy watching them.
When I go to the beach, it's the birds, as much as the waves that I enjoy watching. As we say goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010, I leave you with this quote by Henry Elli: "All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year back atcha and thanks for the inspiration. When I read your posts I can nearly hear the waves and feel the peace.
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