SUN.…Have you walked outside the air-conditioning and just felt the warmth of the summer sun on your face? There is something relaxing about drinking in the gift of God…bright, calming sun.
FLOWERS…Today we are going to think about all the beauty that summer brings…FLOWERS. My rose garden is a delight. When I reach for a new, glorious bud or an open bright, red bloom, I can truly say that all other thoughts leave my mind. They are perfection as they raise their long stems toward the heavens.
Oaks….The trees that shade us from the hot, summer sun and give the birds their perch…we honor you for you will probably still stand long after we are gone to God above.
BIRDS…The song of BIRDS are clearly heard each morning. Occasionally, I am at the right place and time to photograph a bird…not just any little bird…but the unusual, big birds.
BUTTERFLIES... Plant some seeds in your garden. You will be amazed at how fast they will grow into colorful blooms that the butterflies love. After they bloom, collect the old blossoms for the seeds. Shovel some dirt over the old flowers and watch them come up again. Giant sunflowers will do the same.
Rain that showers down the blessings of a fresh day. Filling our lakes and rivers that run into the oceans blue.
WAVES…If you love the sound of the waves lapping on the shore, the stretch of Beaches and the soft, smooth sand, you have found the perfect summer. Here, in Florida, we also have sand dunes. Once I encountered a 6 ft. alligator coming up the beach and slowly making his way into one of the sand dunes. He seemed to pay no attention that humans were sharing this lovely spot with him. THE JOY of SUMMER CAN BE ALL YOURS!
LOOK AROUND YOU AT GOD’S CREATION.
Enjoy the summer video below.
VIDEO FOR YOUR PLEASURE Turn up your sound
While much of the nation has been piled with snow, the eagles have weathered it all until their little ones could be hatched. Here is the great event from the live cam above Washington, D.C.
God’s world is so amazing. We give thanks for all its glory. Welcome to our world, little eagles…for you make it a better place!
Video Credit: Turn up sound Cheryl Loheit. © 2018 American Eagle Foundation
For all you bird lovers…the elegant, bald eagles that we watched hatch and raise their two young eagles last year, now have another two eggs. My cousin, Kay, who lives in the VA-Washington area, informed me this morning about this new event. Below is the link to a live view of the eagles. Enjoy!
“Mr. President and The First Lady (Eagles) now have two eggs!!! Incubation to be around 32 days! Live cam up and running:” CLICK HERE http://www.dceaglecam.org/ You can choose A or B when watching and for best viewing, enlarge screen.
High in a tulip poplar, nesting bald eagles are carefully watching their baby birds hatch. This tree is in the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. It is a wonder of nature that we are now able to enjoy. Click on Live Camera below. Decide on Cam A or B and then enlarge picture for best viewing. Watch as often as you’d like. ( Update: Now both eggs have hatched and the parent eagles are busy keeping them fed and under their feathers. If you watch long enough, you may see them at feeding time.)
Credits: © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG.
The walls of my home have enlarged photographs of the birds native to my area in Florida. There is the Osprey, the Cranes, the Hawks, and most recently a Florida Bald Eagle shown here sitting quietly in my neighbor’s pine tree.
When I was fortunate enough to be teaching English in Mongolia, I heard of the Golden Eagles that were used for hunting. I did not see any in action on either of my trips, but a friend of mine sent an article about an amazing 13-year-old girl who is now joining the young boys and men who hunt with eagles in Mongolia. I found this fascinating as this young girl, who now has a laptop and knows how to email, also knows how to scale the mountains through the snow and hunt with her eagle.
William Kremer of BBC Magazine wrote this about her:
“Most children, Asher Svidensky says, are a little intimidated by golden eagles. Kazakh boys in western Mongolia start learning how to use the huge birds to hunt for foxes and hares at the age of 13, when the eagles sit heavily on their undeveloped arms. Svidensky, a photographer and travel writer, shot five boys learning the skill as well as the girl, Ashol-Pan. “To see her with the eagle was amazing,” he recalls. “She was a lot more comfortable with it, a lot more powerful with it and a lot more at ease with it.”
The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people who hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practicing falconers. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter, may well be the country’s only apprentice huntress…”
Mongolia has a yearly Eagle Festival when the hunters bring their eagles and show what they can do. I am certain that this young lady will be a part of the all male group very soon. Here are a few of the other pictures photographed by Asher Sydensky.
Enjoy the video below on the history of the Eagle Hunters of Mongolia