Category Archives: Exploring the World Around Me

Connecting with Mama Gaia in January

That’s right, I’m promoting a little connection with Mama Gaia this month!  I decided to pull a card to see how we might do just that.  It was truly funny because I saw this card in my mind and the ideas and words were already flowing for it before I had even ended the shuffling process.

Who showed up?  The Explorer of Air!  Such a daring and curious fella, he is, and nothing would stop him from doing what he loves best – exploring!  (That’s right, not the snow, the darker days, the extreme heat, not anything.  He’s good at finding a moment to slip into explorer mode and then milk it for all it’s worth!  He’s quite the inspiration!)

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The Explorer of Air wants us to get out there and explore a little more!  You don’t need to go climbing trees, like he is, though he says it’s really fun (and I agree), if you are up to it, you should definitley try it!  Even if it is just the very first limb!  But for those who want to stay nicely connected to Terra Firma, I and the Explorer of air perfectly understand!  The explorer of air suggests just getting outside for even a few minutes and looking for something you might not have noticed before in the natural world around you and appreciating it for a bit. That’s it, it’s that simple!

So, let’s get out there and explore, connect with Mama Gaia (also known as Terra Mater by the ancient Romans) and appreciate the moments of connection that come!

Once you’ve done a bit of exploring, (and warmed up or cooled down depending on what half of the Earth you are currently residing on) maybe stop by and share what your discovered!  Sharing is half the fun, and that way even more people get the opportunity to appreciate it too!

Happy exploring!

The card above is from the Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert.  You can learn more about the Gaian Tarot here and check out more of Joanna’s wonderful work here.

The Signs

A misty morning ride, ferries swallowed by low banks of clouds hovering over the water.  The bay filled with fishing boats, the docks lined up with hopeful crowds holding heavy rods.  A large splash just off shore, a flash of silver.  The first of the salmon have returned.  Horned grebes dot the silver grey waters, the first of the winter birds to return from summer breeding grounds to the north.  Blackberries dripping from soaking wet vines, blushes of red on sweetgums.  Summertide is turning and the waning of the year slowly takes hold.

It is only the beginning of the changes I have witnessed each year I have lived here in the Puget Sound.  The signs are familiar, like a close friend, I know these cycles of the season.  Not long from now more water birds will begin to arrive – grebes, harlequin ducks, surf scoters.  The rocks and sandy places along the shore will host foraging shorebirds – sanderlings, black turnstones, surfbirds.

The osprey and caspian terns will begin to gather and circle in the sky, calling and chattering, planning their travels south.  Long trips towards the warmer climes of Mexico, Central and South America.  This time I’ll already be gone when they start their journeys.  I’ll have to say my goodbyes earlier this year.

I have my own southward journey ahead of me.  A journey that will lead me to a new set of seasonal cycles and signs.  A high desert and mountain climate dotted with lakes and sagebrush, juniper and pines.  I’ll have to learn new signals of the turning of the year, make new friends with the land and the creatures with in it.  Perhaps, though, a few of my familiar friends here in the Puget Sound Basin will pass over my new home on their way to theirs.  I will watch the sky and wonder as I see swallows and osprey and geese moving south – are these ones I know?  Either way I’ll wish them well and then I’ll say farewell to summer in a new place and welcome autumn in new ways.

The wheel turns, the journey continues.

This Morning I Was…

…enjoying the view at Lincoln Park with my Trusty Tevas.

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This Morning…

… my feet went visiting with the Salish Sea.

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A Bit of Seattle Art – From Bathrooms to Construction Sites

One of the things I enjoy about Seattle is all the street art and unexpected art installations you can come across just while out running errands.  Today was no exception!

I have a favorite restaurant bathroom here in Seattle simply because of the art in it.  These are a few shots of the mural in the women’s bathroom at Homegrown in Fremont.  The artist is Ryan Henry Ward, a local muralist whose art shows up in several places around Seattle… all whimsical and totally fun.

Gnome by Henry

Gnome by Henry

Pixie by Henry

Pixie by Henry

Pink Unicorn by Henry

Pink Unicorn by Henry

The next set of pictures all come from the art project near Cal Anderson Park on Capital Hill where they are building a station for the Link Light Rail.  I just love that all the walls built around the construction area became canvas for local artists!

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Bird Art 1

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Bird Art 2

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Otters Holding Hands

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Fe Fi Fo Fum Art

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Dragon With Teapot Art

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Creative Breath Art

 

 

You can find out a bit more about the Capital Hill Wall Art Project here.

 

 

The Tales of Ducky

A few weeks back, while out on a walk in our neighborhood, Mark and I came across a rubber ducky sitting on a piece of driftwood at nearby Cormorant Cove.  We picked it up and on the way home tucked it into a perch on a birch tree, thinking it would be fun for people to spot as they were out walking.

This evening Mark went out for a walk, stopping by Cormorant Cove along the way, and there was the rubber ducky again!  So he picked Ducky up and took him on a grand adventure tour of the neighborhood taking pictures with his phone along the way.  He e-mailed the pictures with rather cute titles and then showed up at home with the star. I was surprised and tickled to see that Ducky has come back to us in this way and I get the feeling he would like to join in on our adventures to come…in fact, he’s already pondering what he’s going to do when the pirate’s storm Alki this weekend…

In the mean time here are the pictures from this evenings adventure:

Ducky chillin' at Cormorant Cove.

Ducky chillin’ at Cormorant Cove.

Ducky playing with his old Birch friend - ah the memories.

Ducky playing with his old Birch friend – ah the memories.

Ducky checkin' out the view from the Spokane Street Stairs.

Ducky checkin’ out the view from the Spokane Street Stairs.

Ducky just LOVES lavender!

Ducky just LOVES lavender!

Here we see Ducky playing as Gilligan at Whale Tail Park.  When Mark sent the title for this one it was: "Skipper says it's a three hour tour."  Too cute!

Here we see Ducky playing as Gilligan at Whale Tail Park. When Mark sent the title for this one it was: “Skipper says it’s a three hour tour.” Too cute!

Sidewalk art makes Ducky...

Sidewalk art makes Ducky…

...Happy!

…Happy!

*Side Note: the sidewalk art in these pictures are some of what remains from another recent walk when I found a small piece of sidewalk chalk and just couldn’t help using it!

 

 

 

 

Morning Walk Around the Block in Pictures

What a great way to start the morning!  Camera in hand I wandered the block around my house visiting flowers, cats and fire hydrants and gorilla art.  Beauty all around!

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