Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a Love like that! It lights the whole sky. –Hafez (1315-1390), Sufi Poet
Mai and I spent Christmas Eve in a wildlife refuge about an hour south of Albuquerque. Mai brought her tripod and used her Nikon camera to take video. It turned out pretty good. Here is a clip below. In case you like it, I’ve included links to more of her videos from yesterday. Each one is different with the changing light and happy music from the sonorous birds. Enjoy!
The Sandhill Cranes and other birds have returned to the Bosque del Apache for winter again. Visiting them there is amazing beyond imagination. When we inhabit that place with them we are swept into the great sea of life. One small moment in time becomes eternal. Nature’s grace wins us over. The first thing we saw was a huge flock of snow geese fly out from a shallow lake.
The geese are plentiful, but the cranes’s elegance stands out. They seem to be messengers of peace, gliding elegantly in the sky. We sense their grace, but there is something deeper here that flows into our being and integrates with our identity, a knowledge that lives in this place.
The way of the cranes mirrors our culture. They sing, dance, play, and bond as a family unit. But we have something different in terms of our curiosity. We are looking for more to make our spirits soar. By observing the cranes and appreciating this place, we receive an influx of nature’s strength, even more than we knew to look for. With love and respect we belong here.