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Treasures of Wildlife October 25, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Nature, Poetry.

The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you. 
~ Frank Lloyd Wright

The lazy lizard
lounges in Shamrock Park, watched
by all, seen by none

All good things are wild and free. ~ Henry David Thoreau

White under-belly
exposed, the turtle heads to
its watery grave

The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.
~ Claude Monet

Coyotes roam through
fisherman’s village, searching
for tasty morsels

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature. ~ Zeno

Great Blue Heron stands
in meditative pose, wings
outstretched in prayer

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. ~ Rachel Carson

Heads bobbing in time,
dancing deck lizards groove to  
that 70’s sound

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. 
~ Albert Einstein

Green dreams shatter as
drought-stricken dying palms wave
at the passing clouds

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a songbird will come. 
~ Chinese Proverb

Two swans on Swan Lake
swim with beauty, style, and grace ~
we stand on the shore

In the wilderness is the preservation of the world. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Displaced by torrents
of water, homeless hornets
regroup and rebuild

Let nature be your teacher. ~ William Wordsworth

Otters chittering
in Spoonbill Landings’ lagoon
join the birds’ chorus

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. ~ Martin Buber

Perico Island
offers a sanctuary
for our feathered friends

Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily, visiting the  natural world. ~ Catlin Matthews

Masked bandits at night
Fearlessly approach our door
Raccoons amuse me

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understanding and our hearts. ~ William Hazlitt

Sailing through the air
Graceful in their awkwardness
Pelicans abound

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~ John Muir

Children toss reptile
into on-coming traffic. 
Snake shall breathe no more.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~ William Shakespeare

Frozen in my tracks
I meet the predator’s gaze
Bored, the hawk flies off

We do not inherit the Land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~ Native American Proverb

Forlorn foghorn cries
Fish splash, breaking the surface
Crickets harmonize

Each moment of the year has its own beauty . . . a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


1. sufilight - October 25, 2011

This is very nice and I resonate with the messages about nature. Being from NY and now living a semi-rural town, I learned to appreciate the lessons and beauty of nature.

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Nature nurtures us . . . we benefit when we nurture nature. _/!\_

2. cuhome - October 25, 2011

Hey, how do you retrieve something accidentally deleted from “trash” if you’re writing directly on WP? I can’t find where the “trash” is located, and I’ve done this accidental delete so many times! Thanks!

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Click on Dashboard ~ All Posts
Near the top of the page, you should see:

All (xxx) ~ Published (xxx) ~ Scheduled (xx) ~ Draft (xx) ~ Trash (xx)

Click on the Trash link and all your Trashed posts will be listed there. Just click “Restore” on any you want to resurrect.

It will move back into your Published, Scheduled, or Draft folder (wherever it was when you “trashed” it).

3. Andra Watkins - October 25, 2011

Lovely photos, Nancy. Did you take them?

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Thanks, Andra. I did. Except for the turtle (taken at Mote Marine Laboratories), they were all taken in the nearby area.

4. Ruth - October 25, 2011

Nice mix of quotes with haiku and photos… Coyotes on the coast? – I don’t think we have them here

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Thanks, Ruth.

We have had a few coyote sightings in the area. There is one that’s been seen in our neighborhood and several seen in Cortez Village. No missing cats . . . yet.

5. suzicate - October 25, 2011

Love this, esp. the rockin’ lizards -“Heads bobbing in time,
dancing deck lizards groove to that 70′s sound”

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

I was on the deck one day, listening to some songs from the 70’s and the anones were be-bopping around . . . grooving to the tunes. 😀

6. Lisa Wields Words - October 25, 2011

Really amazing pictures and words. Thank you for sharing them.

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Thanks, Lisa. I love all creatures great and small. This spot is a perfect mix for us of amazing birds, manatees, lizards, turtles, and . . . snakes. 🙂

7. Maggie L R - October 25, 2011

What a beautifully written post. Your words match each quote, I have had to re=read it because it is so wonderful and you have such great photos.
I love “Frozen in my tracks
I meet the predator’s gaze
Bored, the hawk flies off” so true,

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Thanks, Maggie. I expect that we are more impressed with hawks than they are with us.

This one visited us several days running . . . and had a picnic on the deck next door one day ~ frogs legs (and the rest of the frog too).

8. bluebee - October 25, 2011

This is a marvellous post, Nancy – the photos, the quotes and the haikus – a mini-documentary. And those grooving lizards brought a huge smile 😀 You do live in a wonderful place – thanks for a great start to the day

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Thanks, BlueBee. Writing about nature is one of my favorite things to do. The diversity . . . the majesty . . . the creativity.

I mean, really, what kind of energy imagined ZEBRAS?!

bluebee - October 25, 2011

Lewis Carroll, I think 🙂

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

I thought he invented the Cheshire Cat and hookah-smoking caterpillar. 😀

9. Maggie - October 25, 2011

I love the picture of the turtle!

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

That’s an albino sea turtle that could not survive in the wild due to its lack of pigment. So the Mote Aquarium adopted him. 😀

10. souldipper - October 25, 2011

Speaking of energy – imagine all the kazillions born and each one unique. Now that takes some effort! Especially with zebra! 😀

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Exactly! A remarkable dexterity in applying all those uniquely different stripes! 😯

11. viviankirkfield - October 25, 2011

Love the quotes. Love the photos. Love the whole tone of the post. Thank you, Nancy…great job! You gave me a few minutes of a sweet beautiful world. 🙂

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Thanks, Vivian. I enjoyed putting this post together ~ a true labor of love.

12. barb19 - October 25, 2011

I love this post Nancy – your photos and the quotes are perfect. I think you may be right about the hawk, he is so impressive to us mere humans! What does he think of us though?
Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Thanks, Barb. I’m delighted that people enjoyed this post ~ I had a blast putting it together.

I am always in awe of raptors . . . they never seem to share that enthusiasm when they meet my rapt gaze. 😆

13. Tammy - October 26, 2011

Lovely Nancy and especially that turtle shot!

nrhatch - October 26, 2011

He posed happily while I snapped several shots . . . it was probably close to feeding time. 😉

14. Cindy - October 26, 2011

Lovely words and stunning photos, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - October 26, 2011

Thanks, Cin.

15. adeeyoyo - October 26, 2011

Wonderful post, Nancy. Nature has the power to heal our souls.

nrhatch - October 26, 2011

I agree. No matter my mood . . . nature cheers me up.

16. Tilly Bud - October 26, 2011

I love the linking of poetry and quotes.

nrhatch - October 26, 2011

Thanks, Tilly. I loved you dog quote post yesterday. 😀

17. Team Oyeniyi - October 26, 2011

We do not inherit the Land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

I wish to goodness more of the global population would remember this, especially the giant corporations who are more concerned with money NOW than ensuring there is a planet to still make money on in future generations.

nrhatch - October 26, 2011

It does seem as if our priorities are quite skewed.

I’m all in favor of “being here NOW” . . . but that does not mean that we should live FOR the moment without regard to the future of the planet.

18. Debra - October 26, 2011

so lovely this post. so many beautiful birds. 🙂

a very great quote which I will share with others today….”Each moment of the year has its own beauty . . . a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson”….thank you Nancy for you.

nrhatch - October 26, 2011

Thanks, Debra. Glad you enjoyed. Each moment is magical in its own unique way. _/!\_

19. Tori Nelson - October 26, 2011

I LOVE the Thoreau quote!

nrhatch - October 26, 2011

All good things are wild and free. 😀

20. eof737 - October 27, 2011

All those birds make me appreciate nature’s bounty even more… Such beauty and such variety. 🙂

nrhatch - October 27, 2011

And, as the saying goes, these are just the tip of the iceberg. 😀

21. Linda - October 27, 2011

I’m stuck on the turtle. Love the last pic though.

nrhatch - October 27, 2011

Me too! The hawk hasn’t visited recently. Hope he’ll fly by one day soon. 😀

22. Gobetween - November 6, 2011

Great post, love the photos.

nrhatch - November 6, 2011

Thanks, gobetween. We love watching the birds.

23. Perfecting Motherhood - November 8, 2011

San Diego County has the most bird species present in the US so we’re lucky to see so many every day. We see blue herons and egrets fly over our house, besides the occasional mallards. What a view! I love your photos.

nrhatch - November 8, 2011

Sound like here. It’s a rare day if I don’t see herons, egrets, and other birds flying overheard or resting on the shores.

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