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Yellow-shafted flicker - September, 2013

Yellow-shafted flicker – September, 2013

I took this photo just a short while ago in my back yard. Each year, we have a group of yellow-shafted flickers visit our yard. For those unaware, these birds belong to the woodpecker family. We get excited with their appearance, not because of the fact that summer is over, but simply because they are such rare visitors to our yard.

I didn’t take my camera with me as we went for walks these past few evenings around our rural prairie town and so missed taking a few photos that would have done well in my collection, perhaps even making it to this blog site. Yesterday evening it was the moon waxing almost full just as the thin, wispy clouds around it were turning pink and mauve with the setting sun. The evening before it was as if the sky was on fire with the setting sun. The haze of harvest dust served as a filter that heightened the usual sunset colours of autumn. Still, I didn’t fret too much about these lost images for they were captured in my mind and allowed me to experience the moment as yet one more entrance into the liminal world of mystery and soul.

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As you can see, I have missed a few days since this post was started. Life has a way of messing up one’s best intentions. Thomas Moore talks about value in these kinds of missteps:

It (soul’s progress) is created more by loss than gain. One forgets, and life enters. One doesn’t understand, and life increases. One experiences the loss of health or a loved one, and mysteriously life takes a promising course.

In order to have soul, we need to be taken from, and that necessarily emptying requires some collusion on our part in the theft, some neglect in our defenses, some distraction that interferes with our intentions.” [Moore, Original Self, pp 27-28]

And yes, there has been some movement that could be considered as soul making progress in coming more and more out of the shadow and into the light, in my life. But that will have to wait until another time, another post.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

September 24, 2013 at 2:38 pm

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