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My desk sits in front of big picture windows. It is filled with paperwork in progress for the business, items to be reviewed for Mosaic Reviews, bills to be paid, homeschool files…and lots of other junk needing to be taken care of! So I’m sitting here, trying to be productive and in flies a flock of some kind of bird. All 20 of them land right in the tree closest to the window. I don’t know what they are…quick grab the camera…oh no, it’s downstairs! So I run downstairs, hoping they don’t fly away. Grab camera, run upstairs, whew…..they’re still there….snap a few pictures. Ok, now they’re closer to the downstairs window….run downstairs. Awesome!
But what are they? Then I remember the Audubon Birds app on my iPad, which is, of course, upstairs! Back up I go! I do an advanced search…small like a sparrow, in Michigan in January, has yellow, tan, white, red…..search….It’s the Cedar Waxwing!
They are beautifully designed, don’t you think?
I love the mask. It makes them look mysterious.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
So let’s put our worrying behind us and get on with our day. He’s got this! As for me, I think I need to move my desk away from the windows. How am I supposed to get anything done?
When you’re cooped up inside on those cold winter days, don’t forget to take the time to observe the world outside your window. Grab a cup of coffee and a warm blanket and watch the action…
I’m thankful my food is IN the house
Ok…so I keep trying, right? If you read my last geocaching post, you will already know that I did not meet with success the first time; but only because of my
fear apprehension about snakes, which can inflict great bodily harm. So I’m not yet ready to give up on this hobby.
Last week, we were over by the coast and I thought I’d check to see if there were any caches nearby. Come to find out there were several listed! The first was in a tiny one acre pictuesque park. OK, how hard can that be right?? So I headed over to start my search. My cell signal was very week and kept dropping, but I patiently tried to locate the cache. No luck! Later in the day I returned to the diminuative park with #1 Boy. I was sure with the two of us searching, we would find the treasure. We could not find anything! We were within “8 feet”…but didn’t see a thing! :( So…never mind! I decided to try yet another location in the morning.
Before the kids were awake, before the mercury hit 95 degrees, and before I gave up hope, I headed toward the next location. This time, the cache was hidden at a larger park up the road a couple miles. I was happy to find that there were three caches hidden in this location, greatly improving my odds….or so you would think!
I took off toward the closest location. As I edged closer and closer to my target, I took a look at the “hint”…..OK, “It’s behind the tree with two eyes”. Tree located. My app told me I was within 19 feet, then 8 feet…I’m not seeing anything. Heading toward the arrow displayed on my compass, suddenly I’m 31 feet from the cache. I turn back, and soon I’m back to 9 feet from the cache. Now I’m really sure I see something under the brush…
Nope! Just an empty beer can! I continued to look, to no avail…
Because of my persistence, I decided to try and locate one of the other caches here at the park, and I took off in yet another direction. Along the way I found some of God’s Cache….
The first were these beautiful Frangipani (aka Plumeria) plants, covered with silky, butter-yellow and soft pink blossoms. According to Wikipedia, this plant was named after French Botanical Explorer, Charles Plumier (1646 – 1704), who travelled to the New World on an expedition to document the plants of the region. The common name of Frangipani comes from a sixteenth century Italian nobel family who invented a perfume with its scent! I also read the Fragapani flowers are pollenated by the Sphinx Moth. (Looks like a evening visit is in store for me.)
Hanging from a nearby tree, was a vining cactus that was also in bloom. I had never seen this variety before and as I scoured the internet to try and find its identification, I finally located this flower on a website that specializes in cactii. There is no common name listed, but the scientific name is Hylocereus guatemalensis, it is native to Central America. As far as I could tell, this variety may be related to the variety that produces Dragon Fruit, a sour and juicy fruit consumed in Mexico, Central and South America. Here is another blossom from the same location:
Oh, but we were Geocaching right? I am about “.27″ miles from my cache, which is not a bad hike at all…provided that you can walk the straight line using the compass. Of course, I must take the trails and they wind around like a squirrel trying to cross the road in traffic!
I am distracted by the noises in the undergrowth, but am trying to be a “big girl” about it. It always sounds like a big snake to me. It is usually a lizard; just like this juvenile Brown Cuban Anole that was checking me out:
But that’s OK! The joy is sometimes in the journey. I’ll leave you with this…
“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
Ursula K. LeGuin