Every leaf of every tree is emerald in its state of velvet smooth green, chattering among themselves and their respective branches. Some of the flowers have come & gone already, like our delightfully blush pink peonies. The Cosmos Ladybird Scarlet flower is still waiting for the six second visit of a dazzling hummingbird's feed. June's lovely breeze is giving us a deep healthy inhale before the oppressive humidity inches its way into our summer days.
Nature continually tries its hardest to keep us alive & well on the planet. Our visit to Planting Fields Arboretum reminded me of that today. June's nature spectacular is as compelling as always. However, I've realized that there is no time (at this time of the year) to sit and smell the flowers that have worked so hard to bloom! Lastly, as I enjoy June's trance, I continue my pursuit of losing my self importance and work on Getting Over Myself when there is something I do not like, that I should be accepting in a positive way.
Early this month we arranged to have an nursery school type hike for Brady and his friends at The Seatuck Environmental Association. Seatuck is a non profit org that preserves & educates the public on the environment & wildlife of Long Island.
While we waited (in the bird observatory room) for our guide to organize and get us out on the trails to study bugs and examine fox foot prints, there was was a glass tank of approximately 50 baby quail chirping up their own little storm. At the time I thought this could be a project for the local schools, but then I wondered why they were not baby chicks, so I asked our guide, Peter. He told me that quail eat ticks! I thought this is a one solution to our tick problem, yahoo! He added this idea will work if the fox population inside the sanctuary do not eat the baby quail for breakfast. I will honor the quails (and all life) everyday. Hows about we take the ticks down with those baby quail?
In my household we love June for its pure bounty & nature's delight, but also because it is host to the Summer Solstice party, to name just a few reasons. Mostly because it is beautiful Todd's birthday (6/21). Happy Birthday to my dear honey.
The Summer Solstice is a major celestial event known around the world. It results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. One of the most enduring modern ties with the Solstice were the Druids celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth". Give me a wedding of heaven and earth and a couple of smashing birthdays (Happy Birthday to my amazing Deirdre McGinnis 6/23), and I am good to go!