leaves wings and other such things

together you and me

Imagine me and you, I do

I think about you day and night, it’s only right
To think about the girl you love
And hold her tight, so happy together

bird masked figure and goat from together illustration

If I should call you up, invest a dime
And you say you belong to me and ease my mind
Imagine how the world could be, so very fine
So happy together

 

I can’t see me loving nobody
But you for all my life
When you’re with me, baby
The skies will be blue for all my life

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they tossed the dice, it had to be
The only one for me is you and you for me
So happy together

bird woman & companion goat move into the beauty of wind blown flowers

I can’t see me loving nobody
But you for all my life
When you’re with me, baby
The skies will be blue for all my life

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they tossed the dice, it had to be
The only one for me is you and you for me
So happy together
How is the weather
So happy together
We’re happy together
So happy together

—songwriters alan gordon and garry bonner—©trio music company—performed by the turtles

 

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hearts and fish and air

 

it is as necessary to have

air, water, plants, insects, birds, fish & mammals

as it is to have brains, hearts, lungs & stomachs
—Alan Watts

 

insideOutsideNoBoundries

 

 

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swoop & barn swallow

“During horizontal powered flight, a bird must flap its wings to generate lift & thrust to overcome gravity & drag. The instantaneous forces on the wings vary during the course of a wingbeat cycle due to time-varying wing planform, degree of flexing the elbow & wrist joints, angle of attack, wing twist, rotational velocity of wings, elastic properties of the primaries, forward velocity, etc.

Birds’ tails also play an important aerodynamic role . . . the tail of many birds could generate as much as a third of the total lift required to support a bird’s weight.”
—the Journal of Experimental Biology (©The Company of Biologists Limited 2001) Flight Kinematics of the Barn Swallow

swallows flying a line drawing

barn swallow

 

 

 

 

the barn swallow swiftly dives, swoops, weaves & glides up over the trees then down just above the tips of the wide open fields of grass.
Listen. 

 

 

 

 

 

the provided link is from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website.

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up & down nuthatch

nuthatch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the little nuthatch runs up & down & upside down & up & down one tree trunk then another.
Listen.

Winter & the Nuthatch

Once or twice & maybe again, who knows,
the timid nuthatch will come to me
if I stand still, with something good to eat in my hand.
The first time he did it
he landed smack on his belly, as though
the legs wouldn’t cooperate. The next time
he was bolder. Then he became absolutely
wild about those walnuts.
But there was a morning I came late &, guess what,
the nuthatch was flying into a stranger’s hand.
To speak plainly, I felt betrayed.
I wanted to say: Mister, that nuthatch & I have a relationship.
It took hours of standing in the snow
before he would drop from the tree & trust my fingers.
But I didn’t say anything.
Nobody owns the sky or the trees.
Nobody owns the hearts of birds.
Still, being human & partial therefore to my own
successes—
though not resentful of others fashioning theirs—
I’ll come tomorrow, I believe, quite early.

—Mary Oliver, from Red Bird
   Winter & the Nuthatch    ©Beacon Press, 2008

the provided link is from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website.

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heard & seen waxwing bandit

cedar wax wing

 

the cedar waxwing is a little bandit who gathers in a group to sweep in & swallow-up all the berries from the holly bushes.
Listen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Tao philosophers as cedar waxwings
chat on a February berry bush
in sun, and I am one.

Such merriment and such sobriety—
the small wild fruit on the tall stalk—
was this not always my true style?

Above an elegance of snow, beneath
a silk-blue sky a brotherhood of four
birds. Can you mistake us?

To sun, to feast, and to converse
and all together—for this I have abandoned
all my other lives.

—Robert Francis

study of cedar waxwing nestled in berries

the provided link is from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website.

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we need mystery

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
― W.B. Yeats

what would it mean to see

calla lily stems

 

 

 

 

 

something for the first time

captivated by something unfamiliar 
to wonder & imagine.

detail of a calla lily blossom

to embrace mystery
&  “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
― Marcus Aurelius

illustration of mermaid in awe of something unfamiliarthis desire for depth in life, is my wish for 2013.

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owl & pussycat love

They took some honey, and plenty of money,

    Wrapped up in a five pound note.

love bird—pussycat & owl cuddled together detail

The Owl looked up to the stars above, And sang to a small guitar,

O lovely Pussy!      O Pussy my love,
      What a beautiful Pussy you are,

the owl & the pussycat snuggled together in tree branches
          You are,
          You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!
          —Edward Lear 

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safely hidden in the earth

scavenging birds busy against a blue sky

 

  Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.  
—Gary Snyder

figure quiet & hidden underground

  Earth teach me to forget myself
  as melted snow forgets its life.
  Earth teach me resignation
  as the leaves which die in the fall.
  Earth teach me courage
  as the tree which stands all alone.
  Earth teach me regeneration
  as the seed which rises in the spring.
—William Alexander, A Father’s Book, 1997

2 figures hidden underground from scavenging birds

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the sound of wings flying together

when i close my eyes we move & glide & ripple through the flow of wind.
we are grace & experience peace of mind—a physical experience of beauty. 

nous sommes heureux. 

flight together three figures move through the air three faces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

we laugh & laugh & laugh & say good-bye to all that earthly chatter.

sssshhhhhh, listen to the sound of our wings.

flight together three figures move through the air detail of three facesflight together three figures move through the air creating wind

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flowering calla lily birds

if calla lilies imagine flying as proposed in flight of the calla lilies
perhaps then
the birds may imagine being clustered among green leaves, surrounded by the fragrance of blossoms,
grass, & bark, even tickled by pollinating bees.

2 birds imagining what it would be like to be calla lilies

they would also imagine curling from a long graceful stem to create a sculptural rippled goblet.
they would even forget that some think calla lillies are undesirable weeds.
these birds know better. 

calla lillies & long stems

detail of the rippling calla lillies blossoms

the long graceful stems of the calla lillies

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