My dear WordPress Family,
You must feel that I am as far above the world as Major Tom.
(His Vincent cover is fantastic)
While the computer and wifi are catching the signal between Jupiter and Mars, I lassoed my scattered thoughts, stories and photographs to bounce off the back side of Mercury – and hopefully their trajectory will reach Earth. Earth looks pretty scary from up here, and I am told that many species are asking what have the humans done to their paradise.
I told my friend Giovanni that these young activists (in the above image) need mentors. Anger reaches no one in positive ways. He replied and said, ‘I know a lot of those people.’
It makes people react in defensive mode.
This group might be equally willing to pick up trash along the rio while waving those same posters. A grounded and sensitive leader can help them find an effective voice.
There is hope; a growing number of amazing people are crossing paths, moving forward in quiet ways in behalf of the planet.
There seems to be an uptick of positive young leaders – quietly making a difference. I witnessed many people – young and old – who burn with the desire to learn and do more.
There have been World Environment and Global Big Day events. The municipality has showered these quiet activists with good publicity and opportunities for events.
Cinnamon teal, observed over several months- predictable and obviously happy with their surroundings:
The pair of Andean Coots allowed me to observe their many moods while they nested and protected that nest. After the new ones hatched, they became less protective, and all five hatchlings disappeared one by one – over the next few weeks. 😦
A solo show at Museo Portoviejo was nudged from mid October to the 28th – and upgraded to one that includes two friends who share that same profound love of nature. I sensed it was of greater importance to showcase nature – and our collective concerns. I asked permission to change the normal dress code for this event – to dress like you would be going to the forest/bosque or farm. It will be fun to see how many people wear that type of attire!
Daniel will showcase photographs of aves, and he thrives on sharing his knowledge of birds with anyone who is interested.
Giovanni has helped me with many parts of this upcoming show, and even I am not sure what surprises he has planned for his part. WE are all grateful for the support given us not only by the Museum Portoviejo, but also the many people of this area who are thrilled to witness the ‘awakening’ of the locals who thirst for more information.
There have been impromptu drawing classes; my friend Andres shocked a small group of us when he asked me to hold that pose – and created a painting with a small set of tempera paints.
Dady managed to surprise him as well – with a birthday cake – a finale for the drawing session!
Events events, and no one ever displays frustrations about masks. Most everyone has lost loved ones to Covid, and last week Carlos Wellington said he had lost over 30 friends and associates.
Ten of us participated in the October Big Day – and we probably all agree that one has to be more than a little bit crazy to stay 100 percent focused on birds – and stats – for the entire day.
My October Global Big Day started at 4:15 when the Howler Monkeys announced the arrival of a new day. At 4:28, the first bird contributed its audio to a soundtrack that gained a new species about every 7 minutes — then all went silent for half an hour – and then a full-throttle start with the sunrise! Midnight found me sorting through photos from the day – and extracting the audio from the videos of the final birds of the night – the Peruvian Pygmy Owl and the Peruvian Screech Owl. My list, shared with my friends on the Poza Honda end of the day’s census, was 111 species. I’m not sure how many the other half of the group were able to find on the southern end, or what the combined tally was for the day.
111 is nice number for the day, which represents many special moments.
Many tasks remain ‘pending’ between now and the opening of the show, so between these outings I am working day and night. Usually all-night sessions are balanced with sleeping all day – and I am never quite sure on awakening what day is it – and if it is six in the morning or six in the evening!
The show opens at 3 pm on Thursday October 28 – Museum Portoviejo. After the inauguration, I hope to be back on this fragile planet we call Earth.
Sending love to you all!