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A thousand moves toward peace; a thousand gestures of gratitude; a thousand acknowledgements; a thousand expressions of I'm-sorry-I-did-that .... and thousands of glances your way to say I see you as only I see you.
Al Muhibba (Beloved)
Here, women enjoy the surprising presence of butterflies. They are all Canadian species suggesting the possibility of new beginnings in this land. Canada is founded on the principle that every human being has inherent value - a sobering challenge and our astounding inheritance.
All The Eggs In One Basket
Every egg is identified on the back of this card. Some of them are endangered or extinct; all of them are distinct in their size, colour and markings. Let us take care of this one, precious earth.
From the Hearth
In its long spear-like bill, a great-blue heron holds up a live coal against the darkness. In Celtic mythology, herons were considered messengers of the gods. Consider this most elegant of birds with its glowing coal from the warmth of hearth fires, an invitation to home.
"The lines between us are strong and beautiful and holding up after all the years we've gathered earth and planted in the same garden."
-- excerpt from "Gathering Years" by Klaaske deKoning
Of Mystery and Matter
In the lengthening-of-days season, when northern landscapes return to life with the affirmation that death will not have the final word, hands are clasped around the slender branch of an aspen in humble celebration.
Falconers commonly use a leather hood to keep their bird calm as they await a hunt. Bird and falconer work together in an uncanny relationship of trust, yet the bird remains wild despite this mutuality. Once released, the falcon would ride the winds out of sight and never return.
Ravens will often fly over busy highways in search of roadkill. If you are fortunate enough to have a sunroof, watch their heads turn from side to side to check both sides of the road along the way. One dining raven attracts others; it's not unusual to see a dozen birds join the clean-up crew. They take their custodial duties very seriously, and it's easy hunting.
Worship (while supplies last)
And the Last Word is Grace
A leaf falls, a season changes, a loved one passes away, and all is grace. In the end, all is grace.
This is one of a series of paintings that uses the owl to explore ways of knowing. This handsome owl perches atop his page of a birding book with stillness and poise in the dark of night. He bows his head as though to express goodwill and blessing. Bene- ("well") and -diction ("to speak") literally translates to "speak well of". The barn owl (Tyto alba) is a silent nocturnal hunter with a ghostly white plumage and distinct heart-shaped face. It gives a thin shriek rather than the expected hoot of other owls. Barn owls are a welcome site in any farmer's field: a single owl can hunt over 1,000 mice in a breeding season.