A Year on Clear Lake-Jul 02, 2013

I’m All Ears–July 2, 2013

I don’t often get to look a rabbit straight in the eyes. Typically, what I see is its profile, and then a quick flash of its white tail as it disappears into the brush. I was honored when our guy above looked straight at me, and posed long enough for me to take his photo, though I must admit he certainly did not smile for the camera.

It looks like the Great Blue Heron is at it again. Today he took up a position perched high up in one of the tallest trees on the peninsular. Last week he was atop the tallest stump he could find.  I guess when you are used to being the top dog, you want to make certain you truly are the top dog.

Part of the fun of wandering around out here is never knowing what you might find, or not find (like the deer). It is all a matter of timing, a lot of luck, and staying alert, because what is here one moment is gone the next with not a trace. Isn’t that the message of being present in the moment? Enjoy what is now. Enjoy what is right in front of you. Appreciate what you have because that is all you are assured of?

Now for an update on the purple martin babies: The pair is doing fine. I was concerned when we experienced the record breaking heat. I have never seen nestlings hang out the little opening like these young ones did. I even saw them with their mouths open – not open to receive food, but in a desperate attempt to cool off. It appears they have weathered the heat, and are getting stronger each day.

Green Thought: Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. – Ralph Waldo Emerson