When I was a teenager, we had a clump of Ponderosa Pines in our backyard in Husum, Washington. On occasion several huge Great Horned owls would land in the trees, hooting back and forth at each other in the dark of night. I would stand out in the middle of the clump of trees and mimic their call back at them as best I could, and they seemed to respond. My friends and adopted family among various tribes have some strong taboos about Owl, as a messanger of death, but my friends from the Celtic and Pagan traditions see them as a bird of honor. Nowadays we are all used to Harry Potter and his Owl that carried messages for him.
This week I was blessed once again to stand in a grove of trees in Oregon at twilight watching Great Horned Owls, and it nourished my spirit. I was able to capture a few shots, although they are not high quality due to the low light levels at the time. I hope you enjoy them with me!!
I am proving several links here to videos and information about Owls, just click on any of these links to learn more!
CLICK HERE for a video with an owl in a Raptor show, a short film
CLICK THIS LINK for an hour long video on Owls by National Geographic this one is fantastic in usual National Geographic style
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Here are more Owls I have caught on camera over the years:
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Early this summer i was able to make a one day journey along the southern route through Mount Rainer National Park. The mountain hid her face most of the day, finally peeking through the clouds as I was on the last leg of the journey. Throughout the day, in mist and fog, I was entranced by the little roadside vignettes in green forest dress, and stopped many times to breathe in the rich air and absorb the beauty. Thank you for sharing it with me!
The next four are different shots of Narada Falls, which was nearly too large to catch with my 28 mm maximum size option. The spray was so very intense it was a struggle to get any shots at all of this falls, but it was a joy to stand there and feel the power of this mountain expressed through the tremendous glacial run off and snowmelt.
I almost missed this one alongside the road in to the park, small and elegant.
A passing motorist offered to catch my picture with my phone in this rare moment of the day when the Mountain showed her face.
Ancient Cedars and other old growth trees abound in the park, and I love to meditate on the changing world this tree witnessed in its lifetime.
Thanks to the heavy moisture and rainfall of the western slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington and Oregon, the lush rich undergrowth of ferns and wildflowers and moss draped maples is legendary.
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Water is the staff of life… without fresh drinking water we would all die fairly quickly and painfully, and yet our world is busily polluting and otherwise destroying water at an alarming rate.
Did you know the large majority of our body mass is water? We come from water in the mother’s womb, and the water leaves us after we die…
Many cultures and religions have prayer ceremonies that revolve around water… often praying as a group over water that everyone drinks in order to obtain the wondrous blessings. I personally believe that prayers put into the water with all your heart will indeed bring blessings to all who drink. Water used this way can also be Medicine. I also believe that as the waters of this earth are entirely connected Globally through oceans, evaporation, rainfall, snow melt, and spring runoff into streams and rivers back to the Ocean. As I put my hand into a cold mountain stream and say a prayer for those I love or for the world at large, that prayer can benefit others far away as they take a drink of water or wade in a stream or even a shower.
I live in a land that seems to have lots of water everywhere… waterfalls, rivers, lakes, and not far away from here the Columbia River runs into the Ocean… we have rain, and snow that melts providing water for the summer..
Nevertheless, I often hear speak of running short on our water supply each summer due to less snow pack and rainfall, more residents, greater drainage and usage. We should have a system pulling irrigation water from the local rivers for all the farms and gardens… but instead we water our lawns and gardens with the good drinking water. One thing that always intrigued me is the fact that we even use good precious drinking water in our toilets to pee into! There is much knowledge out there about Gray water reclaiming, and yet it is not used. The water from showers and laundry can be filtered and channeled into toilets and out into gardens and especially orchards… but it is not done. My deceased husband David Reel did a great deal of design work utilizing gray water reclamation, but we could not actually install all of his ideas at the house we built in Port Townsend back in 1991 because of laws restricting gray water use.
Water… a many faceted subject.. did you ever think of how water, H2O, consists of 2 hydrogen molecules and one Oxygen molecule combined. Certain conditions can split these molecules apart, and they can recombine to form other substances… including part of our own cells. 2 free oxygen molecules combine to make the oxygen we breathe (O2), and later combine with one Carbon molecule within our body to become Carbon Dioxide (CO2) which we breathe out. Trees and many plants absorb CO2, and put off Oxygen that benefit us. The Oxygen combines again with Hydrogen and becomes water once more.
Water… so complex, so necessary to life in its many forms. Spiritually and physically sustaining, water is critical to our health… how do you treat your water?