"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens."

Carl Jung


One Question Leads to Another

"Is the soul solid, like iron?
Or is it tender and breakable, like(Click for larger image)
the wings of a moth in the beak of an owl?
Who has it, and who doesn't?
I keep looking around me.
The face of the moose is as sad
as the face of Jesus.
The swan opens her white wings slowly.
In the fall, the black bear carries leaves into the darkness.
One question leads to another.
Does it have a shape? Like an iceberg?
Like the eye of a hummingbird?
Does it have one lung, like the snake and the scallop?
Why should I have it, and not the anteater
who loves her children?
Why should I have it, and not the camel?
Come to think of it, what about maple trees?
What about the blue iris?
What about all the little stones, sitting alone in the moonlight?
What about roses, and lemons, and their shining leaves?
What about the grass?"

(Mary Oliver, House of Light)



short whistled phrases

all day long he sings his song

red-eyed vireo


Small Wonders

 For many years I've tried and failed to capture images of Blue Leafhoppers-a leaping insect that sucks plant juices. This afternoon I discovered a bounty of them while visiting a nearby field of common milkweed.  There are more than 2,500 species of leafhoppers in North America and more than 15,000 worldwide. These amazing insects are incredibly small- I could easily fit several of them on my pinky fingernail and when they hand on clothing, they're so tiny that they resemble a fleck of smoky blue ash.

I always feel much awe and wonder when I spend time with insects. They keep their secrets so well.