The topic for the month is growth. I think it's an appropriate one for me, so I think I'm going to try NaBloPoMo this month.
My friends Tanith and Wren are visiting. It has been lots of fun--we've been eating a great deal and doing all of the fun tourist activities. Our visit to the missions and the riverwalk are in the slide viewer on your left (should you want to see our lovely missions).
Sunday, Tanith and I went to Enchanted Rock state natural area.
If you enlarge this photo you will see some dots on the top of the rock. That's people.
Anyway, Sunday was absolutely gorgeous. Tanith went on ahead because my knees were sore and I didn't feel up to climbing the rock. So I stayed on the lower trails and took lots of photos. It was really good for me to be outside and in the fresh air. I am most whole when I am walking in the woods or by a river or on a big rock.
The only thing that would have made the day better is my binoculars. I find that the camera does not enlarge enough for satisfactory bird watching.
Nevertheless, Idid see some neat birds.
I got to see some other animals as well.
Tanith and I have scads of photos of this lovely deer who posed for ten minutes for us, moving her head ever so slightly every few moments so we could take another shot.
There was, of course some flora.
It is quite a spiritual experience for me to think of how these plants, even trees for goodness' sake, manage to thrive in such a terrain. There is very little soil in this area, and the creek that passes through is often dry. And you can just imagine how hot that rock gets in the summer. . .
Speaking of spiritual experiences--I had a neat one while I was walking along slowly looking for good shots. Years ago I did a vision quest where I learned that my spirit animal was a bear. It is interesting in that my nickname was once Bear, and I had a lovely black lab named Ursula. Bears are just part of my life, I guess. Anyway, I looked to my right and saw this rock hiding behind another.
Is that not amazing? I spent some time in that area taking pictures of the rock and what surrounded it. Mostly, I just wanted to be with the bear.
I started Saturday feeling bereft and alone. But it was being alone on that great rock that made me feel connected again.