I keep my eyes peeled at all times and a camera in my back pocket. I never know when my image bank will come in handy. I just finished a piece for the 2013 Lunar Calendar, illustrating a poem by Sarah Fuhro that mentions a heron. I found this shot, recently taken during our trip to London, at the Serpentine in Hyde Park. What a handsome fellow.
And here's a sighting on Peaks Island just last week:
I made this drawing, using a bit of collage, and incorporating a feather found on the beach.
Another bit of paper moon found it's way into a card made for my friend, Susan, who makes an appearance in Seven Days of Daisy (on Saturday, of course!)
This little pink turtle came from one of my illustrations in Nest, Nook & Cranny.
Susan spends the winter in Florida, right where loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay eggs. I rely on her for my wisdom about turtles. She sent this photo of turtle prints left on the beach.
She let me know April was a good month for this spread in A Warmer World:
And look who I met on a walk on my island last week!
When I have a rare sighting like this, I wonder. And look at Medicine Cards to see if there's some animal power needing my attention.
According to that book, turtles are the oldest symbol of Mother Earth, and the message is: honor your creative source, and be grounded.
The heron, on the other hand, is about self-reflection, reflecting your spirit's inner goal.
Susan celebrated her birthday last night with a bonfire in her yard, beneath a teepee made from a fallen birch.
Sparks flew up towards the stars, with wishes for good health, grounding, and finding that inner goal.
May the animal powers be with us all, if we notice.