Not Traveling Through Eden

Not Traveling Through Eden

The older I get, I seem to become less wise (if I ever was), and less tolerant of foolishness. The irony of that doesn’t escape me. In my mind I’ve constructed a world where everyone does what they are supposed to do, where everyone is diligent and considerate, where you don’t have to hide that […]

A Splash of Color and a Promise: Tale of the Cardinals

A Splash of Color and a Promise: Tale of the Cardinals

“If I…forget all I have learned, it is not so much myself that I feel I will be letting down. It is them. The flies and the bee, the river and red bird…all of them who have worked so hard to open my heart and expand my sight. I never lived inside my own wilderness […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – 2015 “F” Season is in the Books

Red-tailed Hawk Story – 2015 “F” Season is in the Books

Cornell Hawks nestcam fans – if you are on Facebook, I made a similar post this morning, so there is no need for you to read this (very short) post. Although the story never ends, all 2015 document links have been moved to historical links (right-hand side of the blog, along with all of the […]

just stop talking…

just stop talking…

just stop talking it was a thought that had two minutes in the sun i can’t breathe around you here it’s only just begun just stop talking not sure you know love didn’t die today how many words do you need to not know what to say just stop talking it doesn’t change your fear […]

About Taiji – Real Horror, Real Hope, and Lessons I’ve Learned

About Taiji – Real Horror, Real Hope, and Lessons I’ve Learned

I do not post on social media – and now here – about situations like Taiji because these stories matter more than any other struggle or suffering humans endure. I post about Taiji because these days my soul relates to God through the beauty and sometimes even the savagery of nature and the creatures therein. […]

An Interrupted Silence

An Interrupted Silence

Summer fell with no sound. Soon there were no more posts on the Red Flower Journal, and scribbling snippets of poetry on scraps of paper ceased. Conversations with God turned into a strain that not everyone would understand. Interactions with people deteriorated under the weight of the unknown. That which brings forth a voice from […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Farewell to Beautiful F2

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Farewell to Beautiful F2

  I have said that the beauty of nature, animals, and birds is one of the only ways that love truly reaches me these days. Even when it’s terrible. This past week put that to the test.   On the evening of July 7, BOGs reported that the Fs were flying low across Tower Road […]

“Extinction is Forever”: Not a Tagline

“Extinction is Forever”: Not a Tagline

The beauty in our lives is disappearing. But I say let’s do what we can do. There are many who feel the hopelessness of it. I feel it too. However, the wild species of this planet still need every voice and every person who will shake himself or herself out of apathy. They need it. […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Fledge Post!

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Fledge Post!

And finally BR and Ez’s darling Fs have all fledged. Beautiful fledges – no “fludges.” No one used the “fledge ledge,” although it seemed that F2 was thinking about it. I have put together a Pre-Fledge/Fledge slideshow and I hope you enjoy it! Just a few other things worth mentioning (well, I’m sure there are […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Week 11

Red-tailed Hawk Story: Week 11

What an exciting week! As of Saturday, June 13, the Fs entered the very, very early stages of their “Fledge Window”. They have all wandered out first beyond the sticks, and then out near the fledge ledge. It was also another soggy and stormy week, with some nicer weather towards the end. And of course […]

Phoenix Flight Redux (not an RTH Story post)

Phoenix Flight Redux (not an RTH Story post)

phoenix flight shimmer to rain too red for this too grey for pain burning away along fault lines in memories to hold in slivers of time not to be seen once and again turn the corners past hearts that condemn déjà vu lies I’ve never known I’ve never reaped seeds that were sown one true […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 10

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 10

We left off last week with a very wet BR attempting to shelter the Fs from rainy weather. The rain continued on and off throughout the week. Although BR did not always attempt to shield her ever growing nestlings, she has not left them alone on the nest for the night (even when wasn’t raining.) […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 9

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 9

The Fs continue to progress rapidly in their development – too rapidly for many of us to whom it seems like it was just yesterday that they were tiny little white fuzzy bobbleheads. In Week 9 since the first egg was laid, feathers seemed to be sprouting by the minute, flappercising grew stronger, and self-feeding […]

Breaking Through (not an RTH Story post)

Breaking Through (not an RTH Story post)

kings and queens and royal thrones in unrest you stand alone enter into thoughtless night you never meant to lose the light quiet is the silent sound tears that freeze beneath the ground but to love shall kingdoms fall break your heart and find it all a bird in flight, an ocean’s kiss touch another […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 8

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 8

The Fs are growing so fast. Pin feathers, little tails…oh my! And, as almost every viewer knows by now, F1 horked an entire squirrel tail. The Fs have begun flapping; however, the balance thing is still a bit tricky! As always, related videos are available in our video archives. When the Fs are not being […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 7

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 7

Big Red and Ezra’s three little F nestlings are thriving. Viewers thoroughly enjoy all their antics and as usual have shared many excellent captures (as you can see below.) Several times recently, BR has gone on high alert to defend her nest from an unknown threat, as can seen in this video. All is well. […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 6 – All of the Fs are Here!

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 6 – All of the Fs are Here!

New this week (besides the 3 fuzzballs that we have on the nest!) 🙂 Flickr Feature (see section on the right) – currently behyve! Prey spreadsheet, updated by our mods – click here. A chatter contributions section is being planned for this blog. This will be a section for your stories, poems, mod chat closings…etc. […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Special Post! F1 is here!

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Special Post! F1 is here!

As a departure from my weekly post schedule, here is a special post on the hatching of Big Red and Ezra’s first hatchling of 2015 – F1! I will also be doing special posts on the other hatchings but that will be towards the end of the week. We are down a videographer at the […]

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 5

Red-tailed Hawk Story – Week 5

BREAKING NEWS!  At 5:13 PM EDT, the first pip was spotted! 🙂 Without Magnifier: With Magnifier: I’m not sure what this means for the below “Guess the Hatch Contest.” 😉 Need a reminder about the Expected Hatch Windows? Click on the “More Info” button. Since “hard incubation” starts after all 3 eggs are laid, and […]

Tis the Season for Ridiculous Cuteness

Tis the Season for Ridiculous Cuteness

Although I obviously can’t blog every nest like I do the Cornell Red-tailed Hawks, the internet is full of what seems like a gazillion cams streaming live action of breathtaking elegance and laugh-out-loud adorableness. It’s more than entertainment and charm, although it is that too. There’s healing offered to us in taking these small peeks […]