Category: Nature

black-tailed prairie dogs

Last Stand on the Prairie

Prairie dogs have a language all their own. They’re not really dogs, they are really part of the marmot family, but they bark and yip like dogs, which is how they got their name. Sophisticated research has found their language to be quite complex, as you can learn […]

great horned owlet

Finding Owls and Community

I walk my dogs frequently in the evenings down a wooded trail near our suburban home. I’d see other walkers, with and without dogs, but I rarely said more than a greeting. If they had a dog, there is a possibility that my dogs will be impolite, and […]

horned owl

Wild Messages

Sometimes when we see an animal, it’s just because we live near nature. At other times, it is a message from the Universe. I was present for two messages recently and I wanted to share them. I officiated a wedding in a beautiful, picturesque setting at an exclusive […]

dandelion fluff

Weeding the Garden

It’s sorta-spring in the Rockies. That means we have both rain and snow. There are bright, warm days and snowy mucky days. Maybe it is finally spring, since we are supposed to be past our first frost-free day, and it’s tornado season already. Our fruit trees bloom, and […]

lunar eclipse, blood moon

End of an Era

Total lunar eclipses are supposed to signify the end of an era. Not the end of a chapter, but perhaps the end of a book. It seemed fitting to honor tonight’s eclipse as my father lies in hospice. For our family, it will soon be the end of […]

Respite

The world seems to move faster and faster, go-go-go! I can keep up for a little bit, but then it all starts to unravel. I lose track of the details first, and then I lose the big picture. I forget things I need to remember and dwell on […]

aspen tree

Aspens Teach Us Oneness

I’ve been thinking of oneness — the concept that all living creatures are just different facets of the same jewel or just different parts of the same organism. This is a concept that many resist because we don’t want to think that we’re the same as our enemies, […]

Tree Fingers

To stay in balance, I need time outside, in nature. Quiet time, not on my smartphone or listening to music. On a recent hike, I saw tree fingers everywhere I looked! They were young, old, and bent out of shape. Clean-shaven or mossy, straight or bent, there were […]

eclipsed moon, full lunar eclipse

Peace with a Shy Moon

The full moon was so energized last night that I could feel a very subtle buzz when I cleared my mind and was still. I’d missed the other eclipses this year, and wanted to see this one. My protective (thank goodness!) hubby wouldn’t let me go out to […]