Monday, April 1, 2013

Exploring just like a kid...

Just finished the online 21 day meditation series from Deepak Chopra and Oprah; it was great. Decided to engage the Day 17 centering thought "Through rest and play I open my creative channel". So, I spent 7 hours and driving 93 miles wildlife watching (my idea of play) today. Found 49 species of birds, the highlight being a pair of Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) foraging in an ag pasture (they gave their ethereal song/call on a couple of occasions).

Long-billed Curlew
As the day progressed temperatures got to about 67 degrees; as a consequence butterfly activity picked up. Found seven species of butterfly (six were first of the year for me); three species of tortoiseshell, three species of comma and the state butterfly, the mourning cloak. All overwinter as adults and are brilliantly colored; a rainbow palette for the drab vegetation at this time of year: 
California Tortoiseshell
Compton Tortoiseshell

Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Green Comma
Mourning Cloak
Hoary Comma

Satyr Comma

My experience seemed to unfold in 'divine order'. Yes, in the words of Deepak Chopra "all is perfect, all is well". Namaste.