Nothing Lasts Forever but the Earth and Sky

Wow. I got NOTHING to write that’s remotely “fantabulous.” Or maybe everything is so fantabulous that it is just part of the daily parade of wonder (I suspect the second).

It seems like everybody is struggling with the present moment and striving to know the future. This morning, as I made my coffee, I thought that if Trump wins, my friend’s plan that we all go to Patagonia (I would love that) isn’t very practical for me because of my family and the fact that I can only get a 3 month visa. So, I’ve decided to ignore the whole thing and focus on the fantabulous stuff that’s not going anywhere.

24 Tao Te Ching

He who stands on tiptoe is not steady
He who strides cannot maintain the pace.
He who makes a show is not enlightened.
He who is self-righteous is not respected.
He who boasts achieves nothing.
He who brags will not endure.
According to followers of the Tao,
“These are extra food and unnecessary baggage.”
They do not bring happiness.
Therefore followers of the Tao avoid them.

Lao Tzu

The other evening I took Bear to the Refuge. There were people with dogs (leashed dogs, bless their owners) so Bear and I turned to take a different road. Just as we turned, a Northern Harrier hawk flew low over us and landed in some willow trees along the trail we were about to take. We hadn’t walked far before I smelled dead animal and soon the hawk, disturbed by us, took flight in front of me. He joined his mate who was perched in a dead tree beside an abandoned homestead across the highway (well, it’s called a highway…). Bear and I soon passed the smell.

Storms were coming over the San Juans and from the trail we were on, we were close to the mountains, nothing between us. I thought to take a photo but I felt more like looking at it than photographing it. The hawks waited in the tree, knowing, I guess, that Bear and I would have to turn around. We got back to Bella and onto the highway just as the storm broke loose, washing my windows and my car.

17 thoughts on “Nothing Lasts Forever but the Earth and Sky

  1. We have Northern Harriers at the beach. I’ve learned a lot trying to photograph them. They nest in the dunes and if you get too close they dive-bomb you. I get so caught up in watching them I forget the camera is around my neck.

  2. I think you are right – there is wonder everywhere if we allow ourselves to be awed! I bet those hawks were magnificent. I so rarely wash my car that I rely on a good storm to do the trick!!

    • I almost never wash my car. Living so long in drought ridden California I grew to think car washing was almost immoral and we’re in a drought here, too, now. 😦

  3. What a beautiful way to spend the day (no sense worrying about if Trump wins – other countries won’t let us in anyway…at this point. It’s also too depressing). I saw an eagle yesterday perched way up in a tree. A first for me. So cool.

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