(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.  – Jack Kornfield

Sometimes the way of nature is hard to witness. I usually venture into the wild for a chance to spot a raptor, but I happened upon this one about a block from my house. Not a pretty sight, yet stunning, in how quick and efficient Merlins are with their prey. It’s part of an ancient cycle and bearing witness is how we honor life.

Rest in peace, my little house sparrow.

8 Comments on “(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday

  1. Most of us have no real visual idea of ‘the food chain.’ I would bet that if we were present for every step of how that steak or chicken cutlet gets from ‘farm to table,’ a lot more of us would be vegans.

    • I agree 100%. It’s shocking to watch these birds of prey and just as shocking to watch a heron or a hunting coyote. Nature is beauty and terror. To know what we humans do to animals though is even more troubling than I can say.

  2. I have watched Cooper’s hawks take down a flicker and hold it to ground until the flicker succombed. I stand at the window and “pray” for them both–and I thank you for the Kornfield quote which I needed this morning as well.

    • The last couple years I have seen things I couldn’t imagine. And I’ve learned things about some species I wish I could unlearn. But the world has managed just fine so far without my intervention and will manage just fine after I’m gone. I watch in awe and part of my prayer is not to look away. I love the quote too and dare I say I need it every morning*

    • And what a difference when what is being hunted is for food and not sport. It was an awesome thing to witness.

  3. Nature is so beautiful and yet so violent. I wonder if somewhere nature evolved differently.

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