Snapping Turtles New Beginnings 0294
An incredible afternoon at the marsh. It had been a few days since my last visit. The sun very very bright. As I stood, I heard a loud crack of a tree. The breeze always blows the tops of the trees, some sing a beautiful song as they rock. I didn't think too much of the loudness. About 30minutes later another crack that kept sounding. I looked toward the sound to watch a, probably, 16" branch came down from above and crash into the water. The sound was deafening compared to the wonderful sounds of the marsh. That fall caused havoc. The panic flying started the green heron, killdeer, kingfisher and wood ducks all chattering and squawking. The cedar waxwings, fly catchers, grackles, blackbirds all flying every which way. It was quite a concert of sound and movement. The kingfisher chattered for a good 15 minutes after. I moved up from the spot I stood to get a better look at the tree. As I snapped a couple pictures I saw movement in the water, a double wave, gently rising. I grabbed my shorter lens and focused. To my surprise a snapping turtle breached! How fortunate to get that! They come up very quickly and go back under. It wasn't until I got home and reviewed the pictures that it was two snapping turtles! An intimate encounter for sure.
I am very honored and grateful for that moment. Spiritually, turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to actively seek peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment. Extending peace to our fellow man is my addition.
I view this snapping turtle encounter as a sign that a new world is being created. A world more accepting, more respectful, empathetic, full of love, joy, compassion and peace. This world begins with starting afresh, releasing ego driven mind sets, forgiving, recognizing each other's struggles and validating them. All this can be ours. I'm breathing in the peace and moving forward. Like the turtle, it is a slow process, but it can be achieved. I hope you join me. So very grateful, every day, in every way for everyone and everything.