Category Archives: Ecological Awareness

Year of the Oak (Part 2)

Here are some more pictures I have taken of the Oak, to bring the series up to date.  Here is my previous entry showing the rest of this series.

View Through Oak (On a December Morn)

View Through Oak (On a December Morn)

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 2

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 2

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 3

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 3

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 4

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 4

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 5

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 5

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 6

View Through Oak (On a December Morn) 6

Up the Oak (a long ways)

Up the Oak (a long ways)

View Through Oak In January (2009)

View Through Oak In January (2009)

View Through Oak In January (2009) 2

View Through Oak In January (2009) 2

View Through Oak In January (2009) 3

View Through Oak In January (2009) 3

View Through Oak In January (2009) 4

View Through Oak In January (2009) 4

View Through Oak In January (2009) 5

View Through Oak In January (2009) 5

View Through Oak In January (2009) 6

View Through Oak In January (2009) 6

View Through Oak In January (2009) 7

View Through Oak In January (2009) 7

Up The Oak In January (2009)

Up The Oak In January (2009)

Up The Younger Oak In January (2009)

Up The Younger Oak In January (2009)

Friendly Glow

Isn’t it interesting, how we seem to bring Nature inside our homes, without even fully realizing it?  These leaves have the same glow paper lanterns bring into a home, except the leaves only glowed this way for a time.

Sunlight and Leaf

Sunlight and Leaf

Sunlight and Leaf 2

Sunlight and Leaf 2

Elk City Resevoir after the rains.

We went hiking on June 4th, in the early morning.   I’d been trying to photograph the cats the day before, so *blush* I ran out of batteries before I ran out of trail.   (Newbie mistake!  lol)  So, I didn’t get a picture of the BIG lizard (at least a foot long, including tail) we saw near the end of our hike. (It *had* to have been someone’s pet, it didn’t look native at all!) You should have seen the Mr. scrambling after it trying to apprehend it.  (He was going to take it by the pet store, that’s how convinced he was it wasn’t native.  I agree.)  Nor did I get a picture of the yellow swallowtail at least the size of my hand that was on the bushes planted to ornament the area where you park your car to go hiking from the top of the Memorial Overlook Mound. *mourn* The other lizard we saw was way too fast. I think it was a skink of some kind, it had tannish stripes, and darker stripes. Got new batteries, now, if the rain would stay away long enough we can give it another try. *grin*   (Don’t miss the second half of this batch of photos, here.) 

ETA: ROFL!  I see!  I put the entries up in the wrong order originally.  So, I just did a switcheroo, copying and pasting so the pictures would show in the proper order from top to bottom.  Anyway, er, so this entry’s URL is titled as though it were the other.  Heh…

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Elk City Resevoir after the rains part 2.

Here are the rest of the photos.  Making these entries in reverse order again, so you can scroll from top to bottom of my blog, and see the images in the order they were taken in.  *smile*  The first pictures are the crevice you must scramble down in order to continue on the trail.  (Here is the first part of this batch of photos.)  Again, this entry’s URL is incorrect, go by the title, and order it appears on the blog.  *BLUSH*

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The Core of how I choose to live.

I found this page last night, and it struck a chord in me.  Finally, I have something I can bring up to express what I have stumbled in trying to convey for some time.  This is what I feel to the core as a deep Truth.  It covers not just how we interact with others, but how we should live within the World Ecosystem.  I felt it especially pertinent today, given that tomorrow we will give Thanks for all the good things that are a part of our lives, as we enjoy the company of family and friends.  I am not sure if I can quote the text of the Creed directly here, I may edit this and quote it, if I find I have permission to do so.  I have recieved permission to quote the text, so you will find it below.  

Lakota Instructions for Living

Friend do it this way – that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.

And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.

When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.

If you do it that way – that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One – whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going To Be.

Passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman
 

A creed and life philosophy I hold Dear

This beautiful essay says what is in my heart quite eloquently.  It moves me to tears each time I hear it.  I hope those who also hear it are moved, and may perhaps also take up a torch.  This is a link to an NPR article which has the full essay text.  Here is a Wikipedia article on the beautiful life which was extinguished far too soon.  Michelle Gardner-Quinn