By the Docks of the Bay

Great Blue Heron and Cormorants in Sausalito – Alcatraz in the background
Great Blue Heron Grooming on the top post
A neck scratch to finish the grooming session
The swirling tide
Reflecting stillness

Earth Day

Gary Snyder:

Nature is not a place to visit.  It is home.  

Jay in his niche
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
Another view
Rising from the soil, the earth


The passage of the virus is showing us how we are all connected, and last night there was an underwater volcanic eruption near the Tonga Islands.  This morning a tsunami warning has been issued along the west coast of the U.S.

I remember we had a tsunami warning when my children were in elementary school.  The principal marched the children up the hill for safety.  Nothing happened but the concern was ocean water could sweep up through the Tennessee Valley to the school.  I felt the principal did the right thing, and the children loved being outside, and yet, he was criticized.

I vote for erring on the side of caution, and so today a pause and gratitude for Mother Nature and her wake-up calls as we respond to her need to move, juggle,  and jiggle the elements we transition, transform, and share.


Looking at Angel Island from Sausalito yesterday

The Light

Im entranced with the light this time of year, candle, fire, sky. I taste Delight!

Morning sky to the south
Morning sky to the east at the same time – what a treat!!

Enlightenment is not a fixed end; it is a timeless movement in love.

– Krishnamurti


My son and his wife have two new rescue greyhounds.  Though both come from the same racetrack in Florida, the two are very different in personality.  Ebi is a cuddler, and Ginger romps and bounces with an abundance of rambunctious energy.

It says something about each of us, our own unique way of being in the world, and noticing what we need and how we respond.

I’m enthused about oxygen being made on Mars.  I feel our vision expanding outward as it did in the 60’s.  President Biden is offering vision and work that brings change.  We need that right now as the world begins to open up for some of us, and we each respond in our own unique way.

I read the following words of Robin Wall Kimmerer, and feel a shift in my being.  I want to live in a way that the Earth is grateful for me.  We try to keep our yard creature friendly and hospitable but I haven’t seen any deer this year.  A friend shares this with me. 

“I discovered tiny, twin baby fawns curled up by my water faucet three days ago. This morning a mother doe was here with her older triplets”.

Gratitude is most powerful as a response to the Earth because it provides an opening to reciprocity, to the act of giving back, to living in a way that the Earth will be grateful for us.
Our yard

Lake Lagunitas