I Love Nature

One touch of NATURE makes the WHOLE WORLD KIN.”
William Shakespeare

Lately I have been going through a bit, as most all people are. This last week, besides great friends and family being major solaces for me, nature brought me back to MYSELF and my own life. For me and my hyper-mind, I find wonderful and necessary grounding in nature. And thank God for spring because so many squirrels are out and are entertaining me and everyone with their antics. I have loved squirrels since I was a child. Back then I had the good fortune to try to feed chipmunks grapes when my family was camping.

One of the places where I lived was on the second floor, and I had a gray squirrel that would sometimes visit me in the tree outside my window. He/she always made me feel happy. I have written other blogs about squirrels and am pleased to do it again. The squirrels where I live now have orangy-brown chests and tails. I think they are Douglas squirrels. “My” squirrels are very used to people, and you can approach them and photograph them. I love my camera, but sometimes I wish I had a telephoto lens.

For the last few weeks, I saw two small squirrels running from tree limb to tree limb, running up and down stairs, running up and down tree trunks, and running after each other. On Good Friday a third slightly larger squirrel joined the other two, and I watched them for almost 10 minutes in my car after I parked. I had this wish I would have my camera close by, so I could photograph their cuteness. And on Easter Sunday, that wish was granted. (Thank you, God!) I went out in my bathroom when I saw “my” two small squirrels in a tree and shot a series of photos for this blog. They flitted from tree to tree following each other. The last photo captured one of them in the crook of the large tree, (you can only see the outline of its head and ears) and the other one is on a limb nearby.

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The Web of Life

The interconnected and inner connected web of life is something I love to witness. While I was photographing the spider web on the left of this photo-montage, the squirrel in the middle photo was watching me. I believe this might be the same squirrel which welcomed me home last October. He appeared in another blog “Being Welcomed”. I was so happy my squirrel friend was curious about what I was doing. I feel a friendly connection with the squirrels where I live. That is just one way I experience how I am connected to everything else.

“It is through mysterious power that we have our being, and we, therefore, yield to our neighbors, even our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land.”
– Sitting Bull (1831-1890)

While I was teaching English-as-a-Second-Language to people from all over the world, not only did I teach English, but through my students, I began to learn and feel how connected all of us humans are. Yes, we have our differences, but we have so many common needs and human problems. I was fortunate to learn, first hand, how similar all of us humans are.

I do not claim to fully understand quantum physics, but I “grok” a sense of it. In a way, it helps me to “get” this idea of inner connectedness. It helps remind me to include all people, animals, insects, and things on our planet. We may see ourselves as separate with our eyes, but at a cellular and automic level, that is not TRUE. I also wonder whether this connects us all to what I call my source. I find this also hints at what Sitting Bull is calling “through mysterious power”. For me, this has also become a visceral feeling of inner connection to all that is.

When I look at politics in the USA today, I see us humans fighting to keep our separateness. Instead of love, support, and acceptance of others, I hear leaders proposing control and division. I hear FEAR dominating their conversations and proposals and ego-driven ambition pushing their own agendas. To me, this is the old way of thinking. We humans have thought this way for thousands of years, and look at what we are doing to ourselves and the planet because of this way of thinking. To me, this way of thinking is NOT WORKING. The other piece to this is that when we work together, I believe, we can conquer just about anything. That may mean that I (we) compromise with others, even if I (we) think I am (we are) right. I (We are) am not alone on this planet; I(we)need to consider others.

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
– Chief Seattle (1780-1866)

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Squirrels, Nature’s Playmates

squirrel at front door

squirrel buddy near my front door

During a recent vacation to visit family, I missed my squirrel buddy at home. He/She showed up at my front door only four days after I returned home. What a homecoming!

I have had an affinity for squirrels since I was about seven, and I had a chance to feed a chipmunk a grape. As I vaguely recall, a blue jay swooped down and frightened the chipmunk away. From then on squirrels have been my friends.

squirrel buddy 2

squirrel buddy in tree

Earlier during the month before my vacation, I was taking a few photos of a spider web, and my squirrel buddy was checking me out. He/She’s right in the middle of the photo on the limb. I swear he/she was staring me down. I did not see him/her smile.

resting squirrel

squirrel resting after eating last year 2014

Less than a year ago, when I first started the blog, a squirrel ran up the same tree; I took a photo of him/ her, too for the blog I did.

I am becoming so attuned to squirrels I talk to them now. I tell them it is going to be OK, and they can keep on doing what they are doing. I send out friendly vibes to them. I even did this last weekend when I was in a different neighborhood. I saw a squirrel in a garden at a home that I was walking by.  At first the squirrel stood up on its hind legs( it was so cute) and looked like it might take off. I just talked to the squirrel in a low reassuring voice, and the squirrel went back to searching for food, and I walked passed the house, smiling. Cool to connect with nature and squirrel buddies.

I am not the only one who likes squirrels. Here is a little more information about squirrels you might not know.

http://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/living-harmony-wildlife/squirrels/

I saw the following on Facebook today, and it is so super cute, and it’s about a squirrel.

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