Whether it’s a pandemic, disaster, or personal devastation, there are times in all our lives when a few moments of peace can bring us into balance. Here are a few reminders of the sweetness of life on earth, I hope they bring you peace.
No matter what is unfolding in these weeks of chaos and fear, a few hopeful signs of spring can be so uplifting.
Or a special gift of light, usually lasting only a second, that spotlights a wild creature just perfectly.
These two photos below are the same species: male Anna’s Hummingbird. One moment his gorget can be mostly black…
…and with a turn of the bird’s head and just the right light, the gorget becomes iridescent hot pink. How incredible is that?
I love it when light shines through a jackrabbit’s long ears. The ears look brown and furry, and then the rabbit hops into the sun and suddenly you can see each vein.
Sometimes we have natural audio gifts to enhance the moment, like when you are so close to a bird gliding by that you can hear the wind in its wings.
Place can give us peace too. Sometime it’s the complete familiarity of a place that lifts our spirit. Like knowing a place so well, you know where to go to find the wildflowers.
Or the comfort of simply knowing a bird species your whole life. I’ve probably seen a million American robins in my lifetime. It is solid, soothing information that no matter how disorienting the times are, the robin is still the robin.
Old redwoods give me the comfort of feeling young.
A creature popping their head out of the ground always gives me a smile.
Sometimes magic comes in seeing a wild creature that you never knew existed…
… or finding characters that are marvelously strange.
I love to be out on a hike when I come upon a wild mammal just doing their own thing. We came upon this cow moose who was chomping down a grassy meal…
… and this cow elk, quietly grazing.
We have these moments in nature because, as humans, we are part of nature. Fortunately, our sweet memories can carry us through the challenging times, remind us how wonderful life can be.
Be well, my friends.
Written by Jet Eliot.
Photos by Athena Alexandra.