Above is an image of a Chuck-will's-widow that was living right along the boardwalk at Green Cay Wetlands. The bird was so hard to spot and so well camouflaged you could barely tell it was there, even though it was Right In Front Of You! So many things in life are right in front of us, solutions to problems, answers to our questions, the perfect spouse, the perfect job, life's answers to our questions and we don't see it, even though it is right in front of us. Sometimes in life we must slow down, look, listen, and be mindful of the present and Yes there it is: RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU!
Above is an image of the Irish Countryside from a recent trip to Ireland. There were many such scenes as we traveled around the country. When you visit some place new, it is always exciting to see a change of view. Coming from sunning hot Florida, it was refreshing to see the gentle landscapes of Ireland and to wonder what it would be like to wake up everyday to the "IRISH COUNTRYSIDE!"
Above is an image of the Library at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland. When you walk through the the library and see books, books, books on the first floor and more books on the second floor you know you have entered a "World of Knowledge." The "old" books are on the first floor and the "contemporary" books are on the second floor. Knowledge and learning are so important for us in life, "the more you know, the more you realized you don't know" and learning should continue until the day we die. There is so much to learn that we will never know everything, so we must pick and choose what interests us and what we need to enhance ourselves. Press yourself to enter "A WORLD OF KNOWLEDGE!"
Above is an image of the Augustinian Friary in Adare Ireland, from a recent trip to Ireland. The 13th century building was interesting to imagine how life must have been in the Middle Ages for the people back then. The narrow passageways, the steps that lead to the top of the monastery, the graves of the people who lived there, and the church within the walls. It is important for us to visit the past to see what was good about life and what was bad. Life in that time period was simple, but it was hard and just like today there was a caste system between the rich and the poor. Some things never change. When you visit old places imagine the life lived and see the good, the bad, and the ugly of "IMAGINING THE PAST!"
Above is an image from the Green Cay Wetlands boardwalk where you will find walkers and photographers sharing the same boardwalk. There are I believe two kinds of people walking on the boardwalk at the same time. Those "walking IN nature" and those "walking INTO nature." Those "walking in nature" are plugged into their electronic devices, listening to the top 40 songs or some book or just chatting with a friend. They are in nature but are still connected to the outside world and thus not really experiencing nature. Those "walking into nature" are the people who look and see, but are also listening to nature. They hear the screech of the hawk flying above, the call of a moorhen, the chirping of the cicadas, the croaking of the frogs, the singing of the blackbirds and most importantly the "silence" that pervades all of nature. To experience nature and all the benefits it can bring, I believe one must be "WALKING INTO NATURE!"