Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hawk Eyes!

Good sense is the body of poetic genius,
 fancy is drapery, motion its life
and imagination the soul.
       Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Have you ever looked into the eyes of a Hawk? I mean really looked; I have, and it had an enlightening effect. This is my story.

Well as soon as I decided to take a few days off blogging because I thought I had nothing happy to say, I discovered I was so wrong.

Let us just say life has an interesting way of showing you what is important. I realized that I will certainly never lack for a story. I have come to the conclusion I will have to keep writing no matter how I feel it has become an intricate part of who I am. I have stories piling up everywhere. Writing makes me happy and helps me to savour and devour even the smallest details and blessings in my everyday life.

I was walking down to check the cows early Wednesday morning, it had been raining every other day lately and I was happy, I could not wait to go and see how the pastures were doing. It has been a little stressful lately and I was starting to see the negative in just about everything that was going on in my life. I did not like that side of me.

 It was my Mom’s birthday and I was going to go see her later this morning and hoping she was having a good day. I was walking through the wet cedar trees with the overwhelming smell that always makes me smile. I continued to take my time and made my way back to the hay field where we had to pasture the cows because of the drought. It had lasted about two weeks just as I had predicted. I was wondering what we were going to do next.

I walked through the gate and I notice the cows all grazing as fast as they could their tails were wagging and looking very contented. I looked down to see that the Clover, Alfalfa and Trefoil was now about three inches high and lush green, where just last week it was barren and brown and we had been feeding our winters hay every day. I was so happy and optimistic I could barely contain myself. I was so excited I danced and sang all the way over to follow the tree line heading into the hard wood bush. This is when I heard a very loud chattering. My curiosity got the better of me and I walked under the trees looking up and scanning the tree branches. The sound kept getting louder so I knew I was heading in the right direction. Just what I thought, a Chipmunk was going on and on about something. I stood there trying to get a photo of this little fella with no luck.

All of a sudden a big Hawk (I am not sure what kind) swoops over and lands two branches above the Chipmunks branch, right above my head. This silly Chipmunk keeps chattering on and I was thinking “Shut up” this is not going to end well. I could not believe this Hawk was so interested in the Chipmunk he seemingly was paying no attention to me. I took some photos not even thinking if I was in any danger, then the Hawk started looking at me and then the Chipmunk. All of a sudden he tilted his head and stared at me, he did not feel threatened and neither did I; it was such a profound moment. I soon moved on as I knew what was inevitably going to happen and it was not going to be a happy ending for that poor chatty Chipmunk. I headed down the field and eventually I did not hear the Chipmunk. I do not really know if the Chipmunk got away or he was breakfast but I am pretty sure it was the latter. As I hiked through the trees I thought a lot about that poor Chipmunk.

I wandered around the swamp which finally had some water in it and found lots of interesting things to see and be thankful for. The droplets of rain that had beaded on the foliage made for interesting early morning shots. Life is truly beautiful if you just pay special attention to even the seemingly small good stuff while making your way through that bad stuff, back to that good stuff again. It is one big circle and you just have to keep circling around it, anyway you can.

I started thinking about what I had just witnessed, and I came to a conclusion that if you truly look around you will see that there are a whole lot of people dealing with bigger problems and we should all be grateful for what life has given us and never forget the blessings we have. Maybe that is what the Hawk was trying to tell me.

I truly knew I was better off than that poor Chipmunk; at least a beautiful, majestic Hawk was not going to have me for breakfast.



  1. I looked into the eyes of a Chameleon.

    And it did the same.

    I wonder whether we thought the same at that time.

  2. oh yeah! looking closely...at all the little things...noticing all the wondrous life, that goes on around us...even (especially) when we're feeling a bit down...will no doubt, help to wash away some of the worry, grief, stress.

    poor little chipmunk...but that's the way of life. maybe he sensed imminent danger...and took off to safety!

    have a good day buttons...and keep writing! =)

  3. These are wise words, Buttons! Look for the good amongst the not so good, and we will find it. That's a great picture of the hawk. (poor Chippy) And I'm glad your fields are turning green!!

  4. Beautiful reflections on gazing into the eyes of nature itself.

  5. I am jealous of your summer walks- I walk every morning, along the road, but I can't go out in the fields yet for the chiggers will eat me for breakfast! Waiting on the first frost!

  6. Gorgeous bird! Hope your mom had a nice bday!

  7. You are such a wonderful writer, Buttons. Keep observing. Keep sharing. Your hawk photos are beautiful! May today be a good day. *hugs*

  8. That rain could not have come at a better time. Beautiful photos and a fine message.

  9. I really enjoyed this post Buttons. Life really is beautiful if you take the time to stop and enjoy it.

  10. There's nothing like a walk amongst nature to put things in perspective.

    Love you! xo

  11. i am so happy that you are getting rains again and that the pastures are greening up to feed your cattle! i do hope it continues!

    and i hope your mom had a good day. :)

  12. The hawk was only being true to its hawk-ness! But that doesn't mean I need to watch it kill and eat its prey...
    The clover and such was coming back that fast! It is nothing short of amazing what a little water can do!

  13. I'm so glad you found your inner joyful again Buttons. And, ohhhh, that magnificent hawk; I nearly clapped my hands when I saw the pictures I was so happy. =)

  14. "Life is truly beautiful if you just pay special attention to even the seemingly small good stuff while making your way through that bad stuff, back to that good stuff again."

    I agree, Buttons. Sometimes it takes a good walk in nature observing something bigger than ourselves to discover the message being sent to us.

  15. I always enjoy "tagging along" on your walks! Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for what we have been given.
    I hope your mom had a lovely birthday! :)

  16. I never have, but what an amazing experience this must have been!

  17. Once again I've enjoyed your journey. You always find something fascinating to write about.
    Have you ever thought of writing a book. I'd buy it :))

  18. Wow Buttons... i think that's all I can say. WOW

  19. Great post. I'm so glad you are happier! I know it's weird, but I do have a couple of stories like yours. One time on vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC we were all at a miniature golf course. There was a caged macaw. It wouldn't let anyone near it, but when I went to see it, it looked me right in the eye, hopped on over to the side of the cage and turned it's head for me to pet it. And another time in Brown County State Park, some deer walked up to our cabin. I looked at one, it looked me right in the eye, and walked closer to eat near our cabin. it's like some sort of connection, isn't it. So cool.

    Cindy Bee

  20. Great shots of this bird and wise words to go with it!

  21. great story buttons!! my words/stories are pictures, i will never be able to share them all but i will never stop taking them or sharing them!!

    beautiful message!!

  22. Hi Buttons,

    You know I just got off the phone with a friend of mine... we were discussing how appreciation can change a gloomy situation completely.

    And here I am reading your blog post and nodding my head vigorously...

    Loved your description of your precious moment with the hawk. Nature is so rejuvenating don't you think?
    We were fortunate to encounter bald eagles during our trip to Tofino recently... I felt a deep connection with them as well.

  23. I've always had a profound connection with hawks and birds of prey. They are always near me. Here we have Mississippi Kites that fly over and come down close when I'm in the garden, there is an owl that occasionally sits on our chimney and there are always hawks near by. To get to look in ones eyes is an amazing connection to LIFE. You were indeed blessed.

  24. I think it's amazing what we can learn from nature if we stop a while to look and listen.


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