That tell-tale white.....that large presence on the tree branch. I forget for a moment that I'm in my kayak, as I blissfully look up in admiration at this beautiful, enormous bird of prey in my view. How lucky are we to live in an area where we can see Bald Eagles - and witness them up close. I have friends who live on the Chickahominy River in Virginia and can look out their kitchen window to see the Bald Eagles landing in the trees along their property. While I don't have them right in my backyard, we are fortunate to be able to simply drive to the local Reservoir and revel in their presence. Today, I feel like the paparazzi. There's a slight wind and while I'm looking through the lens at the object of my fascination, I've managed to get closer than I realized. I paddle back away from the shoreline so that I can give this beauty his space. Then I continue on. Until we meet again around another bend. And so it continues. Finally by the end of the morning, I've officially declared myself an albeit accidental paparazzi and I make a concerted effort not to show up in the same place at the same time again. ;-) Read more about the Bald Eagle's resurgence in the Bay Area here....
You may not know about what the appearance of a Bald Eagle may mean to you. But for many years I have followed the Shamans' view of nature - that each random appearance has meaning in itself. For the Bald Eagle, there is a beautiful reference to its meaning and its history here. The fact that the sighting of a Bald Eagle has meaning for us to stretch ourselves - beyond what we may not know that we're capable of - has special meaning for me at this time at work. This sighting - or the many this particular day - certainly give me pause. I reflect on its meaning and have a profound awareness of it. I share my gratitude to the eagles who have shown up for me today....and each time that I see one.
I have come to this particular Reservoir many times in the past and am not always fortunate to see a Bald Eagle. I have, however, had them fly over me "randomly" as I travel the 3 hours from Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia to my family's home south of there. Each time, I pause. Reflect. And each time it resonates, having meaning to what is happening in my life at that given time.
What special times have you had in nature most recently? Did you stop to notice something that you've never seen before? Being present in nature has many gifts for us, not the least of which is the opportunity to center ourselves, get grounded, and meet the day anew. As Buddha said, "If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change." Aspire to bring more nature into your life - and watch what happens.....