Focus on the Positive
Well here we are, wondering down an uncharted path. Trying to find our way through this new and odd reality. There is no manual. We are all experiencing uncharted territory. We are all impacted by situations out of our control. Or are we?
Perspective is a powerful tool. It’s really easy to feel frustration, find fault or place blame. It requires effort to find solutions, opportunity or the silver lining in a horrific situation. Please do not think that I am minimizing this pandemic, I most definitely am not. Like most, I too am feeling the negative fall out of this tragic pandemic in many different aspects.
Yet, for me, this trying situation has provided opportunity for personal growth and insight. Opportunity to explore what I really place value on. What are the things that truly enhance my world and well being? What truly brings me joy?
If you are one of the many people who are on the frontline everyday, working harder than ever, thank you. While many are at home missing the routine of old, many are also embracing the new, slower paced present. Neither is right or wrong. Each holds pros and cons. I myself fall into the later. Upon evaluation, I realize that I am absolutely embracing this new reality of working from home, helping kids, chores and pursuits of postponed projects. I am enjoying not driving here and there to multiple responsibilities. Not having to drive so much has created more time in the day for me. Living in the countryside it feels amazing when I can grab my camera gear and just head outside after a day behind the computer at work. I am at my happiest in nature, behind the lens. I am feeling that connection more and more. I am doing my best to utilize this time to the best of my ability. To be gracious. To be more aware. To be compassionate. To be kind. Everyday is a gift. Everyday holds opportunity. I think normally we are just too busy to notice. Please take some time for yourself to just enjoy the joys of life, to relax and regroup. Perhaps even take on a new skill or project.
My creative mind is buzzing with ideas. I have a few big projects in the works. Stay tuned!
Lately I have taken to sending e-cards just as a way to brighten someone’s day, or to wish them Happy Birthday. It is so quick and easy, I’m loving it! I am always adding new e-cards for you to stay connected. I have also included a new Mother’s Day Collection. To view what’s new click the link below.
Magnificent Mexican Osprey
I spent many hours in Huatulco, Mexico waiting for this osprey, who I nicknamed Olly, to take flight. Weighing only 3 to 4 pounds these fabulous flyers have a huge wingspan of 5 to 6 feet. Those incredible wings have been observed to produce speeds of up to 128 km per hour (80miles per hour). Pandion Haliaetus are large carnivorous raptors who feed primarily on fish. They are most commonly therefore found near rivers, lakes, ponds and of course oceanside. They have white bellies, and a white head which showcases their distinctive black stripe surrounding their eyes. With their excellent eyesight they scan the water looking for their next meal. They use aerial attack tactics, diving down from heights of 30-100 feet towards the water and grabbing fish with its curly talons. These birds are more than just beautiful, they are smart! They do their best to orientate their prey in their talons headfirst to ease wind resistance while in flight. Often you may see them flying over the water and dragging their feet in the water. While this may be a failed attempt to catch a fish, it may also be how it cleans its feet after feeding.
Ospreys usually roost and sleep in trees. Yet, when females are getting close to the time to lay their eggs they may sleep in the nest. Ospreys are generally monogamous, most often mating for life. Co-parenting, both parents take turns sitting on the eggs. Females lay an average of 3 eggs. The chicks do not always hatch at the same time so sibling chicks can vary slightly in age. Sadly, DDT use in the 1950s threatened ospreys, endangering their populations. DDT affected their reproduction by thinning their eggshells. It has taken decades to significantly increase the osprey population. In some areas their numbers have yet to fully recover. While the oldest wild osprey on record was 30 years old, a typical lifespan for an osprey is 7 to 10 years. Occasionally they can live 20 to 25 years.
Olly is a creature of habit. I now know a couple of their frequented fishing spots and where they like to perch. Unfortunately, these spots are also all on a very vertical unaccessible rock faced slope along the ocean shoreline. Thank goodness for my 500mm lens. While I was looking at them I felt they were also looking at me. I imagine not much gets past them and their spectacular vision. I am grateful that they allowed me the opportunity to watch their spectacular flight as they soared gracefully along the ocean breeze. I am truly blessed.
Ready, Set, Go!
A few images from the above encounter. These images, plus additional images, have been uploaded to my Animal & Botanical Gallery on my website for full viewing.
Be the smile that brightens someones day. I hope that my images have given you a moment of joy. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Please take care of yourself. Be kind. Be compassionate. Be safe.