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Oh how lovely. I love your description of the yard and the wildlife there. I can picture myself sitting there.
I would love to see that hawk you describe. I saw one perching on my fence when I got home one day. It was so beautiful. It was a Red-tailed Hawk. It wasn't even scared of me. I got to look at it closely. So beautiful.
I just love all your photos!
By the way, Steph, I supply a lot of shrubs and trees for critters to escape the hawk's attacks. However, hawks are clever, even as they are beautiful. One sat on my umbrella while I was typing on the computer last summer and a fleeting thought came that the hawk was Brigid - the Celtic Goddess -The Two faced Goddess, scarred on one side, beautiful on the other, Goddess of Fire and the Forge, and Goddess of Poetry and Beauty. In Celtic mythology a hawk represents clear-thinking, being observant, courageous, wise, seeing the larger picture, creative, overcomes problems, visionary, is a primal life force, and is a messenger. Pretty impressive to be sitting under, her talons piercing the canvas. In any event, she is beautiful.
Steph, Yes, all these flowers are from my yard and have been brought in from family, neighbors, friends, birds and squirrels. I keep one part of the garden where I cut off mature seeds as they develop and throw them on a pile. All the critters gather there for a feast. So many critters gather, a hawk comes for his meal too. Even though I cry when I see one of my little friends fly off in the hawk talons I remind myself that nature isn't gentle. Never was, never will be. We live in a fang and claw world. The trick is to create as much peace and beauty as possible and fill it with people who enjoy this environment. I chase away those who are not able or willing to solve problems and resolve conflict non-violently.
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