October 23, 2012

The Path of Loving Kindness

The Creatures that inhabit this earth -- be they human beings or animals -- are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama IVX

Last week I had the privilege of photographing a very special visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Kurukulla Center in Medford, MA.  Many of you have asked me about the experience and how his influence has effected my life.  While His Holiness profoundly understands the essence of our existence, it is often his gentle, loving, and often funny lessons that coax my heart and mind to open to all of life.

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. - HHDL

If you'd like to see more of my photos from our glorious day, please visit this link:

October 12, 2012

Night Flight

A passing cold front with strong NW winds, like the one we're having tonight, inspires thousands of birds to take to the night skies for their journey southward.  In the midst of this very busy week, I've been glancing at the radar these last few nights.  On these last two clear nights, it's been quite a light show.  Tonight may mark the biggest single movement of birds this fall.

I prefer the Nexrad radar screen on my favorite weather site, www.wunderground.com, set for whatever town/city you choose.  Select "Regional radar" for a wider view and "Animate" to see a one hour span of activity.  If you really want to dig deeper, or soar higher, check out Clemson University's Radar Ornithology Laboratory

Birds just taking flight at 6 pm
May all these feathered travelers be guided safely past skyscrapers, wind turbines, and jet planes to reach their southern destinations!

October 2, 2012

Earth, Air, Water, Fire...Moon

The sunset dance of elements and light at Great Meadows NWR on Sunday night (9/30) was at once spectacular and sublime!  Fortunately, many ventured out to catch the sun's brief reappearance after three drizzly days and had the chance to glimpse dramatic sky, reemerging wildlife, a glistening landscape, and the rising Harvest Moon. 

Lotus jewels

Foraging beaver

Crepuscular rays
Mist rising
Night falling
Moon emerging

October 1, 2012

Harvest Moon Ambiance at Great Meadows

Nine great egrets come in to roost at Borden's Pond
A small but enthusiastic group showed up on a cloudy Saturday evening for our Harvest Moon walk.  By 5:30 the evening sky was already quite dark and sunset activities were underway.  Great egrets were leaving the marsh and heading for their evening roost.  Flocks of geese and ducks tumbled out of the sky to spend the night in marshy pools.  And a beaver swam calmly under our noses in the channel by the spillway.

We chose to walk to Borden Pond to look for the egrets roosting amidst the autumnal tints.  And there they were!

Along the way we encountered a curtain of vermillion Virginia creeper and the last vestiges of turtleheads by the pond.

Rising moon glows through the clouds
 Many thanks to Joe Snodgrass (Arlington Natural Connections) for capturing these beautiful images in such dim light!