A Moment in Nature Sandhill Crane

Surrender, if you are a seeker of union find your place in the heart of nothingness. While still in the cage of your being behold the spirit bird before it flies away. Since you were once drunk on eternity pick up the sword of now and strike the ego. Remove the dregs of separation, become…

A Moment in Nature Sanderling

“As a naturalist, you need to have empathy and intuition—and love. You’ve got to be prepared to look at a murmuration of starlings and be filled with awe at the amazing agility of these birds. How do they fly in a flock of several thousand without touching at all, and yet have such close formations,…

A Moment in Nature Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Plants didn’t grow in one place—I couldn’t be bound to one place. All my favorite medicines—pumpkin, chamomile, mint, licorice, coneflower. They grow in different areas, at different times of the year. If we were constrained to the Long River, I would not be able to go on medicine runs. I pushed my heels into the…

A Moment in Nature Wolf Lake Park

“I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one’s own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful.”― Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out

A Moment in Nature Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

“They say that we can reconcile this, put it in the past. They say that we can reconcile this, leave it behind us. It’s in our blood, in these fading memories. It’s in our blood, it’s in our blood, in these fleeting stories. It’s in our blood, it’s in our blood, in these disappearing words…

A Moment in Nature Volunteer Park Natural Wetlands Area

“It’s not only birds who struggle. We speak in metaphor of being “drawn like a moth to the flame,” and we see moths entranced and fluttering about our porch lights. But moths are not drawn to it, they are, like birds, confused by it, their navigational systems scrambled.” – Rooted by Author Lyanda Fern Lynn…

A Moment in Nature Yellow crowned Night Heron

“Then the sugar people had to irrigate to plant their cane. They back pumped their irrigation water into the lake, along with all the pesticides, fertilizer, dead cats and old boots that the water had absorbed. As the waters around the lake receded, the rich peat used in raising the sugar cane was depleted from…

A Moment in Nature Longmeadow Riverfront Conservation

“Once upon a time, there was a family of Celtic women with healing hands and giving hearts, who knew the value of the earth and used its abundance to heal, to soothe, to comfort” Midnight at the Blackbird Café: A Novel Heather Webber