Magical Beast also known as the Roseate Spoonbill
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. It is your super power. To be different from… not better than.
– Caroline McHugh
This is a photo of what I can only describe as a Magical Beast. Roseate Spoonbills present like chimeras. Part lizard, part flamingo, with a dash of White Rabbit.
Spoonbills methodically swing their bills back and forth as they walk through the water. The mud they sift is filled with crustaceans, fish, newts, and frogs – the tastiest of bottom dwellers!
A number of things inspire me in this image…
The first is having the courage to be who you truly are. Doing so will allow your Magical Beast to come out. Although it can be frightening – people may laugh at your fiery eyes and balding green skullcap – remember these people aren’t your people and keep going. When you land you just might find yourself surrounded by other magical beasts who recognize the magnetic pull of being their True Selves.
The second is Discipline – the need to show up, express, and consistently sift through what the world is offering us now. To self-reflect and practice the art of paying attention in service to others.
And finally, I’m caught in the swirl of energy – the impact of every single action we take is guaranteed to ripple out. May it be driven by purpose and fueled with love.
Just some sweet musings on this beautiful Sunday afternoon as I gaze through a window across a desert landscape canopied by big puffy cumulus clouds.
Photo Credits: Magical Beast by Susan J. Preston, Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge © 2020, all rights reserved
Technical: Fuji XT-3 | XF 100-400MM F4.5-5.6 R ML OIS WR
While we stand alone in a sprawling field of uncertainty, we are not powerless. Collect your creativity along with your intellect to create a sense of agency to do what needs to be done. Let your heart and mind be a compassionate fortress.
Moonrise at dawn from the boardwalk in the Bosque del Apache
I believe in embracing my duality, in learning to let darkness and light, peacefully co-exist, as illumination…