The colors of New Mexico Sunrises are always varying from moment to moment. In this one the sunlight burst over the horizon painting the sky from white to yellow to orange to red. What an awe-inspiring and peaceful sky to wake to!
I walked outside in attempt to get a better look at a prairie dog in the next field. I was quickly distracted by a bird call followed by rapid-fire tapping in the elm tree. I found this guy moving from branch to branch, pounding in to find lunch. I call him Willy because he’s willful…he’s determined to get what he wants!
What does the woodpecker have to teach us?
He sees treasure and sustenance hiding where others cannot see. He reminds us to be aware of the treasures available to us, not just stopping at what appears to be on the surface.
He is determined enough to hammer at his target until he gets what he knows is waiting for him. He goes at it from different angles when he has to. He simply doesn’t stop until he’s achieved his goal. In the same way, when we follow our intuition, we discover creative ways to accomplish our goals and desires.
His persistent drumming is also symbolic of the drum that guides one into deep meditation such as in some healing ceremonies. It is a reminder for us to go deep within our own hearts to understand new insights, potentially gaining emotional, mental and spiritual healing in the process.
His long, powerful, skinny tongue gets precisely where it needs to be to get what he’s after to eat. It reminds us to be concise with our words.
As the drummer keeps time for the band, so Luna marks her months as she passes around the earth. Here, her crescent face is about to bid goodnight. She illuminates the trees on the mountain on her way over the horizon.
Jupiter – (the pic on the right was taken with higher ISO (sensitivity)) When I first snapped this and enlarged it I thought i moved the camera. Looking closer I realized I had captured four of the moons (Jupiter has in the range of 66 moons). I had no idea in my wildest imagination I’d pick up something like that…ever!
Orion’s Belt – I always watched this constellation as a child. Until just a few years ago, I referred to it as “the backwards 7″…It was always my confirmation that I was facing east in the evening. Of course now I know the three brightest comprise Orion’s belt, from Orion. I also learned a few very basics of the three…
- Alnitak is 100,000 times more luminous than the sun.
- Alnilam is 375,000 times more luminous than the Sun.
- Mintaka is 90,000 times more luminous than the Sun.
I also know now, that Orion’s belt is what clues me in to find Pleiades. Orion is said to “hunt” the seven sisters of the Pleiades.
Heavenly Peace – To consider how much brighter these stars are than the sun, yet how small they seem to the naked eye puts a little clearer perspective the vastness of this Universe.
To grasp that each of us is but a speck of dust when compared to the size of each of these stars and planets is phenomenal. They each have their own characteristics, yet they all work together to paint the most fantastic, continually transforming piece of art that could have been gifted to us.
When we accept that beautiful canvas as a gift from the Creators in whose image we are created (or did we create theirs?!), we discover what magnificent creators they are. One day perhaps we can grasp that, indeed, we can create just as magnificently as they. We can drop the destructive warring and be at peace and harmony with one another in the same way these heavenly bodies present themselves to us … Peace without end.
Today, I have the urge to wander around shooting the freshly painted landscape. I watch the clouds and hear the symphony of birds amid the rush of wind among the trees. I really try to listen to my intuition, so when I get bored with where I am and sense a call to wander toward the east, I heed the call.
While admiring the gleaming desert floor, I see a stirring in the snow out in the field and look for an animal. What I see instead is a rapidly forming snow devil!
Desert dwellers are accustomed to seeing dust devils. We see them often, mostly in the summer. But to witness the same phenomenon in a snow scape and watch it dance and skate across the desert floor….WOW! It is a snow show just for me…well…and whoever else happens to see it!
The second picture has a small snowbow (yes, similar to a rainbow) on the lower left (see below). It reminds me that when we look closely at what appears turmoil, we often see a promise that no matter what things look like right now….everything is really just fine.