Rynard Drozda 2009
This piece is inspired by last year's mystical and fleeting encounters with Red Fox.
I like this little poem from Jamie Sams Medicine Cards to go with todays Earth Day theme:
Fox...where are you? Under the ferns? Becoming the forest, So I can learn?
Are you watching, invisible to me? Trying to teach me, to become a tree?
My Favorite Tree
In honor of Mother Earth Day I thought to share with you a great program for artists to take part in at no cost and with wonderful inspiration provided as a result. The National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat program. It can be accessed to register land at home, school, campus or business.
National Wildlife Federation certificate of participation
Once you download the National Wildlife Backyard Habitat application form and fill it out it's as easy as that. If accepted the land recieves a number designating its place in the national registry. The certificate pictured above is what you receive. For a small fee...you can also have a lovely metal sign to display in your yard. We installed ours on the post in the front yard and added the bird sculpture, nice touch don'tcha think? It's always quite wonderful to see how many people walking or riding their bikes past the house stop to read the sign.
We're fortunate to caretake an acre of forested land along the edge of a beautiful lake with eighbors who also appreciate and encourage conditions for good stewardship of the land.
We've had Red Fox living near us for many years. Catching a glimpse of their etheric beauty moving through in the low light of dusk or dawn is always a thrill. However this spring the gang has arrived and we are literally sharing the day with them as you can see from the pictures I took this morning.
Two of Four Drozda April 21, 2010
Wildlife Crossing Drozda April 21, 2010
Temporary Den Drozda April 21, 2010
Mom Drozda April 21, 2010
Perhaps you will take a look around your homestead to see if you have habitat, food, and water available to support songbirds or larger critters. That can mean a small yard with feeders and a birdbath or something more.
Everyone needs a safe place of refuge and there is so much that we can each do, in our own unique artistic way, to help all sentient beings.
Happy Mother Earth Day all over the world.
~Sing the Day