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Call of the loon

With only 3 1/2 hours of daylight left, I escaped for a short adventure yesterday and drove to close by Frenchman’s lake near my house. Parts are still snowed in from recent storms and snow drifts, several feet deep are covering the road in spots. Getting stuck was not part of the adventure so we parked and set out on foot. I felt relaxed and the wonderful feeling I so often experience when surrounded by nature flooded over me while restoring peace and emotional stillness. There was no pain and life was good. The sun was already getting low and I knew there wouldn’t be much time. But I also knew that my favorite time of day was just ahead of me when alpenglow and sunset colors warm the earth in a golden glow. It truly is serenity at it’s best for me and I always have a hard time leaving. Forests become magical places of fairytales that need to be explored in wonder as if I was Alice in wonderland. Or I dream of riding a horse through the plains of a lush meadow filled with an array of wildflowers. I remember back to my childhood and the time I tried to convince my Mom that we could keep a horse in the garage. Having a pony was all I wanted as a child and I’m still taken by these majestic beautiful creatures. Or perhaps it is that I am collecting seashells at the beach to the sound of the ocean and the waves making their way ashore or maybe I just simple sit in silence, watching the sun wave good bye as it makes way to the moon and the stars shining bright.

On the short stroll down to the banks of the lake, I passed a herd of deer. Always a bonus to see wildlife and they didn’t seem to mind me all that much. None of them scattered away as I approached and what stands out the most to me is that they all lifted their heads, looking my way once I started talking to them. It was neat and felt as if they understood what I had to say. Still that wasn’t all. We carried on along the lake to find a sunny spot out of the cool breeze. Finding such on a rock in the lake, I took a seat and was surrounded by the calms of the water. A few minutes passed until we noticed the herd of deer walking along the shore, just where we had walked. Happy as a child to see them for a second time, I never had a herd of deer follow me and this was a first. Maybe I am that animal whisperer I have been called before, giving all creatures a sense that they have nothing to worry about from me.

Shortly afterwards I spotted a bird floating on the water that I had never seen before. Slightly bigger then a duck, it had unusual and beautiful markings. I watched it dive for food and resurface just a few feet from my rock. It was a loon and it was my first time seeing one. Just the night before, reading my friend Kyle’s book “Lost on the Appalachian Trail”, he was mentioning the haunting or mournful wail of the loon. The unique sound and how it would stir at the very essence of wilderness, being a sound you never forget. Intrigued, I looked it up on YouTube just the night before and I couldn’t agree more.

I sat there just watching the loon fishing, diving under and resurfacing again, I was lucky to get a close up shot and honestly forgot all about the sound Kyle had described. And then it happened and I heard the sound echo across the lake which initially reminded me of the sound of coyotes. It was clearer and singular and it was simply awesome. I felt blessed and the timing of just reading about it and being able to hear it in nature couldn’t have been any better. I found myself listening and waiting for another loon to call as with each sound I felt a little more at one with the wilderness that was surrounding me and the wilderness within my soul.

 

 

On the way back we passed another herd of dear and within a short period of time, I surely was granted to witness some pretty amazing things out there. A reminder to make those things happen, no matter how much time you have. Big things come in small packages and the fondest memories often require minimal effort and time.

Have a beautiful day and do something to feed your soul today xoxoxo.

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I'm a dreamer and hopeless romantic who believes that there is always a silver lining to everything. Now, inspired by the simple life, I have learned that less is more and that we find magic all around us if we take the time to notice. Life is a journey and a process that is ever changing. We are constantly evolving in the matter of who we are as we align our stars and shed a past no longer in line with our highest self. I don't easily fit conventional norms, not because I'm a rebel, but because of resenting the pull that threatens to take me away from my true beliefs and my unique personal identity. I support the power of "Choice" and the ability for us to be the architects of our own lives. Some of these choices should have something a little wild about them as they form the moments that forever stay edged in our memory and make our hearts beat with wonder. Nobody will remember the ordinary. For myself, I'm a warrior who has fallen many times, who has gone through trails an tribulations and who is no stranger to adversity. After all, my choice remains clear, to get back up and stand stronger than ever. To recognize that it often takes our darkest moments to mold us into who we were meant to be. I have learned to trust the process and stay positive through the challenges. I trust it to be the only way to prevent my heart from hardening and allowing bitterness to creep in. I believe in the power of "NOW" as it is the only moment we truly ever have. The past is gone, unchangeable and the future hasn't happened yet. All we can impact is the current moment. Everything starts with a choice and hopefully with one that has something wild about it and may even scare you to death to execute. DO IT...I promise you won't regret it. This blog is my voice to share my Journey. If I could describe this adventure in short, I would call it "Spiritual awakening" with a yearning for "Freedom" and going after the things that truly matter. To seek a less complicated life that is stripped down from the many obligations and responsibilities that often tie us down. For me it is a life free of rules and regulations, one that allows me to escape the must expectations while jumping off the hamster wheel that is spinning faster all the time. To be on my own time and live each day to the fullest, to make it all slow down by banishing routine and unleashing my creativity/artistic values in an effort to entertain whatever subject comes to mind. And if lucky, to perhaps offer a different view to my readers, one that speaks to your soul vs. the demands of what society might expect. It is one that empowers you to be your unique self and follow the beat of your own drum. I am dreaming big as I trail blaze the path to a new life and becoming a storyteller. I find my inspiration in the little things in life, in Mother Nature and on the trail that provides the adventures and the backdrop for a book someday. My hope is to inspire "Courage" in others who might find themselves on the brink of taking that first step. This blog serves as a foundation for my collection of personal thoughts, opinions and experiences and by no means am I an expert on any topics mentioned. To my readers I would say that the universe connects us by a common thread, we all search and we all have something to say. We don't always have to meet in person to share a strong bond and people enter our path for a reason. Some stay for a short time and serve their purpose, while others teach us a lesson and help us become stronger through experience. And a few special ones remain as the treasures we hold dear over a lifetime and touch our hearts beyond means. In whatever way we are meant to be, I thank you for crossing my path and for stopping by. I hope that I have left you inspired, full of wonder and with a few "Wild Choices" to make....Hugs XO

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