A Place of Quiet Meditation

"No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation." - Walter Bagehot

Still at the bird preserve on that same magical day, I eventually spotted a Snowy Egret standing by the shore. And conditioned by my normal pattern of seeing an Egret standing in the lakeside brush, quickly heading toward that bird, then slowly sneaking up on the bird, only to have him fly off once I get close enough to actually take his picture, I had no illusions that I would actually succeed in taking a decent photo of this Snowy Egret, when I first spotted him and began the entire wild cycle all over again. Yet on this magical day, all things were possible. Including sneaking up on a waterfowl who actually seemed so deep into his meditation that he did not bother to run, or fly, off as I quietly approached.

"I mean the whole thing about meditation and yoga is about connecting to the higher part of yourself, and then seeing that every living thing is connected in some way." - Gillian Anderson

As I found the Egret, I began to wonder if he had, in fact, not heard me. Or was it possible that this bird was actually taking a moment of reflection in this place of quiet meditation. And suddenly, this quiet lakeside hideaway suddenly took on a newly added significance. That of a nearly religious place, a sacred place. A place where nature can meet consciousness. And even a waterfowl can find its center as it ponders a thought much like Gillian's Anderson's above. I wondered, was the Egret actually "connecting to the higher part of" itself, "and then seeing that every living thing is connected in some way?" And while I was pondering that notion, the Egret seemed to bend down, reaching its head towards the ground, as if listening for wisdom from the earth or the lake, itself. And in the split second before I could even begin to ponder what that possibility would mean for higher consciousness, the cosmos, and the entire ecosystem of the universe. I saw the Egret had indeed made a connection with a living thing in the form of a fairly good sized fish, which was now trying to wriggle away for its life as the Egret held it firmly between it upper and lower beak. And before I could begin to work out the metaphysical geometry of that equation, the Egret lifted its head, snapped up its beak and swallowed the fish hole. Watching and photographing as the Egrets entire throat and neck seemingly contorted to accommodate its still wriggling early supper, I began to contemplate one last quote on meditation that I had recently encountered.

"Watching birds has become part of my daily meditation affirming my connection to the earth body." - Carol P. Christ

And Christ almighty, Carol was right. I never felt more connected to the earth body, myself, than when I soon realized how hungry I was and decided to head home for my own dinner. But no, I thought. I wouldn't have fish tonight. It was still too soon. I didn't wish to feel quite that connected.
Entertaining narrative. Wonderful capture of the egret contemplating life.
posted December 19th, 2017  
Really nice composition , a quiet moment captured well, fav
posted December 19th, 2017  
Lovely story!
posted December 19th, 2017  
I really like this picture. The composition is fabulous with the curvilinear profiles of the egret, the trunk and the foliage on the other side. Apart form the narrative which is very interesting and humorous as usual. Fav
posted December 19th, 2017  
Beautiful, as is the captioning. I love the way this conveys serenity in nature.
posted December 19th, 2017  
this composition is so delightful! FAV
posted December 19th, 2017  
Nice capture of the egret. After taking us through an out of body experience in the narrative, you bring us back to earth with your closing comments.
posted December 19th, 2017  
Fantastic shot of the darks and lights
posted December 20th, 2017  
@littleconnie Thanks for sharing your comments. Glad you enjoyed both.
posted December 20th, 2017  
@joannakate Thanks for your comments and the fav. I felt like sharing a little change of pace.
posted December 20th, 2017  
@danette Thanks. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
posted December 20th, 2017  
@caterina Thanks so much for your comments and your fav. You always amaze me how well you write in English. And now your comments are getting so intricate. Many thanks for them.
posted December 20th, 2017  
@elatedpixie Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
posted December 20th, 2017  
@koalagardens Thanks so much for your comments and your FAV.
posted December 20th, 2017  
@delhawk Thanks. I hope you enjoyed both.
posted December 20th, 2017  
@aglennc Thank you. I tried hard not to lighten the photo up too much. Hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful holiday season.
posted December 20th, 2017  
Brilliant composition.
posted December 20th, 2017  
Well, thank you. That's very kind.
posted December 20th, 2017  
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