A Year on Clear Lake-Aug 20, 2013

Morning Wake Up –August 20, 2013

It felt good getting back to the peninsula today. My schedule has been crazy lately and I’ve had to skip my daily trips for a few days. I’m ready to get back in the groove, and I’m shifting the visits to the mornings whenever possible, as well. (The photo at right  is a picture from this morning of Clear Creek and the path that leads to the peninsula.)

I love this area in the morning.  The moon’s feminine energy still lingers, hovering over the land, draping it in a calm peacefulness. A few night birds are still around, but even their intensity has faded after a night of foraging and feasting. (The photo above is of a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron. He was taking drinks of water causing ripples on the calm surface. And the photo at right is of a young yellow-crowned, enjoying the protection of a palm.)

It’s quiet, too. Not just activity-wise, but the actual sound is quiet. I  have the place to myself. This may sound selfish, but I love it. The little bit of time that I spend here each day helps me keep my center, and it keeps me inspired and invigorates my soul. And so what sometimes sounds like a silly exercise, is the fuel that keeps me going.

This was a Green Thought a few days ago:  Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. (Gary Snyder ). Yes, it is home to the soul.

And of course, I had to end the day with a photo of the rare Blue Moon. Luna was beautiful, and the evening perfect.

Green Thought: “I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.” ― Pete Hamill