|Blue Dasher Dragonfly|
It is said by many birders that the first two years are truly exciting.
|Juvenile Northern Cardinal in my backyard|
After two years on this new life journey, I can honestly say that I'm still in love with the adventures as I was when I first began this quest.
|Giant Spotted Whiptail|
For while I may see the same birds; I never see the same things.....ever.
They watch us and we may never see them. They hide from us.....scared, timid, afraid of what we may try. They slip by unnoticed. Mother Nature's secret order.
Each creature, great and small, exhibits something unique. They hold me captive. Time becomes meaningless.
|Desert Spiny Lizard|
And no matter how common the creature, it's always a joy to see them again.
Even though our adventures take us to new and unexplored areas, I'm always glad to come home and reconnect with both friends tame or wild. And sometimes both:)
Nature excites the imagination. For example, did you know that elves created an altar in the tree below? It's our little secret.
It isn't always easy. This bat looked at us with its dying eyes. There was nothing we could do to save it. Why was it on the ground? What I do know is that if you find a bat on the ground, it isn't good. Never pick one up. Rabies is just one of the many things out there. But there is emotion behind each and every picture I take. Everything lives and everything dies. And when I recall this moment, it was difficult.
There is nothing like walking into a field of wildflowers under the great blue Arizona sky while fresh air inundates the lungs. No smog. No pollution.
And she keeps her secrets. If I listen carefully, I may hear her whispers carried by the wind.
|Arizona Tree Frog|
If I tread slowly, may I find the little surprises disguised among the pine needles or grasses.
After two years, it hasn't gotten old at all. It has given me purpose again. There are still so many questions I have about this world. And there is so much to see and experience. Each day is a new adventure. Where shall we wander next?