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the best places on earth











This beach stands out as one of my favorite places on earth. Photos are from a recent visit back. If you have been following my blog for a long time, you might even recognize it ♥

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This is a juvenile hairy woodpecker. I took at least 70 photos of this bird, as it pecked around in our old cherry tree. I quietly sneaked closer and closer as I clicked away. It let me get incredibly close. You can click any photo if you want to see it larger.

Observing birds, and identifying who is who is a favorite of mine.

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the buck





We are able to observe a lot of deer behavior at our place, and how their behavior changes through the seasons. We also see certain deer on a regular basis and have gotten to know them by their particular qualities, to some degree. For example, there is “big mama” -  a notably solid, strong, beautiful, and very calm doe. She moves with a sense of peace and knowing. Our property is part of her territory and we have had her company since we moved here 4 years ago. She has raised a number of sets of twin fawns in this area, often tucking them into safe spaces at our place while she goes on to forage.

And then there was “the big guy” – a massive, majestic buck that frequented our property in the fall and summer. This year he didn’t return, but it seems this buck pictured above has taken his place of dominance.  On this particular day, the doe (big mama) came through the same path not long after him, with her 2 fawns. I often wonder what happened to that big buck.

There is something about these creatures that can seem almost magical.  At least when they’re not eating your garden (can’t blame them though, can you).


Fun fact: Antler tissue is the fastest growing tissue in any mammal, and can grow up to an inch per day.

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the speed of now









This weekend was a celebration of my arrival on earth, and we spent it enjoying all things earthly, in nature. We spent much of the weekend in and near the water, kayaking, swimming, picnicking. We watched a pair of baby deer nursing no more than 15 feet away, a sparrow hunting in the grass as we sat low nearby, drove out into the dunes at dusk, stayed outside well after dark in the warm night air. We talked about life, and time, and what’s really important – where my energy is at and where it needs to be. I felt like time moved slower. The days were full and nourishing.

A friend gave me a fun deck of insight cards, and I pulled one out while we sat chatting.

“Life moves at the speed of now”

This year I’d like to slow life down. We’re in no hurry to be anywhere.

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goldenrod spider

goldenrod_spider_0We discovered a Goldenrod Spider in the lavender this week. They can change their color to yellow or white, depending on the camouflage they need.

goldenrod_spider_1They don’t make webs, but instead hunt for insects on the ground or on flowers – though usually on white or yellow flowers.


There are a lot of spit bugs in the lavender this year, which may have been it’s disguise in this case. The day after we found the spider, we were reading that bees were among the bugs they especially attack (if only they ate spit bugs), so Steve went out to see if it was still there (the lavender patch is a huge bee magnet).

goldenrod_bee_0To our amazement (and maybe a bit of chagrin), he found it sucking the life out of a bumblebee! Poor little bumble. Definitely interesting to witness though.

(Any of the photos can be clicked to view larger.)

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The first foxgloves of the season are starting to bloom. They are deadly poison if ingested,  but one of the prettiest wildflowers I can think of. I saved tons of seed last year but then missed my window to sow them in time for blooms this year. They are pretty proficient at reseeding on their own though, and we have some hardy stands of them that seem to get a little bigger each year. Foxglove stands out as such a symbol of summer to me.

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wild things





There is a whole lot of lounging and ruminating happening around here these days. The bucks seem wily and restless, and the does are very restful. Babies should be born any day now!

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february 23


moon_waxing_feb23The first crocuses have appeared in our yard. Daffodils are coming up. Spring is very near.

Big, beautiful moon. Waxing gibbous.

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through a thousand shades of green,

we let go

in that quiet space, between

the water’s edge and a human dream

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i love summer

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