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Bird and butterfly

I saw a robin landing on a fence post early this evening. As it spread its wings to slow its flight to land, the low-slanting sunlight filtered through a tree and lit the robin's chest in a glowing orange.

Seconds later, a monarch butterfly flittered a few feet over the robin's head as its flew west toward the sun. The sunlight showed it in the same orange as the robin.

It was like creation was saying, "Check this out."

And the question is, What can we do to notice more of those moments as they happen all around us all the time?

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cougarfang
Jun. 10th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
"Glory be to God for dappled things" :)

(I admit, I'd rather look at animals and plants than at humans. I walk around cities or college campuses with barely an inkling of the faces around me, but I still remember the Great Dane on some girl's leash on the crosswalk of 32nd St. and St. Paul St. in Baltimore, or Stumpy the bobtailed squirrel that used to forage on JHU's campus.)
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 10th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
A long time ago, a friend got me interested in birding. Now, I'm not one of these guys who goes creeping around the underbrush in a pith helmet and carrying binoculars, but still: I see a bird and try to figure out what it is. One time I told a local guy who had been birding for, oh, 60 years or so that I couldn't tell hawks apart. How did he do it? He just laughed and explained he could tell hawks apart the same way he could identify me in a crowd. They're such cool birds. I wish I knew them better.
penshark
Jun. 10th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
You've started probably the best method -- think about keeping your eyes out for those moments. The other one that's worked for me -- live through a major medical problem -- is not an approach I recommend to anyone, especially people I like very much (and you are numbered in that group).
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 10th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, I imagine major medical problems have a way of intensifying the eyes' focus. Let's both knock on wood and wish a "30" on that chapter in your life.
cwmackowski
Jun. 10th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
Making a point to capture those moments in words is always a good first step.

Thanks for sharing, man.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 11th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Good idea. You see something, you write about it, then you want to see something else so you can write more.
nodressrehersal
Jun. 10th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
What a great question. I think this is a wonderful example of how we're supposed to live in the "now" and not focus our attention on past or future... what better way than to take in what the universe presents us, as it presents it.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 11th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
I think you're much better at that than I am.
nodressrehersal
Jun. 11th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
I dunno about that - I've got the concept down, but in practice? Not so much.
anthrojesus
Jun. 11th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
"What can we do to notice more of those moments as they happen all around us all the time?"

I believe the answer is in a book titled "On Letting Go."
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 11th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
Author? I'm having a tough time sifting through the books with similar titles.
anthrojesus
Jun. 11th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Ah, sorry. No book in particular. Just what must occur before we notice our blackbirds, robins, and sun-drenched butterflies.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 11th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Oh. For a minute I was sure you were recommending The Little Book of Letting Go: A Revolutionary 30-Day Program to Cleanse Your Mind, Lift Your Spirit and Replenish Your Soul, which sounds exactly like the kind of thing you'd buy into. (Sorry, I can't find the irony font.)
sahlah
Jun. 12th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
It was like creation was saying, "Check this out."

No "as if" about it.

You can have these gifts everyday. We all can. Your post is thought provoking. My practice involves a camera, perhaps you share through the practice of words.

What have you seen today?
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 12th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
Today I saw the sun sinking low in the west, shining above a half-mile of railroad tracks like the headlight of a cosmic locomotive.
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