Sunday, January 26, 2014

walking softly and listening to the mesa

 The mesa and the mountain.
Bird tracks in the sand.
 An arrowhead!
Fire on the mountain.
Desert kangaroo rat tracks.
 Owl pellet.
 The tiniest vertebrae.
Another owl pellet.
A painted potshard. Approximately 800 years old.
I love walking this earth, listening, learning, sharing what I find. Nature is an incredible teacher, full of lessons, full of life and death, and full of hope.
May all of you walk with nature's beauty, wherever you are.


  1. Gosh! I just noticed those tiny desert kangaroo rat tracks!! Squeal!!
    One of my favorite things to do is walking with you on your Mesa.
    I shed my wool sweater and smile at the sun.
    I look up. I look down. I see everything.
    And it all feels good.

    1. I love those little tracks too!
      Your comments always make me stop and appreciate where I am and what I have. Thanks, sister. xx

  2. Your first photo - perfect. The blue sky melts into the blueish of the mountains which melt into the browns of the mesa.

    1. Thank you! Sometimes it all just comes together....the sky, the earth....balance.

  3. Say what? You've got kangaroo rats there in the Mesa ???? :)
    Off to google myself some desert kangaroo rats! I wonder if they look anything like our ones?
    Now they'd be cool to see out at night time.
    Great photos again Julie - like Prairie Girl, l really enjoy getting to know your corner of the world.

    1. Yes, we have kangaroo rats. They're pretty cute little guys too!
      I am really into the idea of night time animal reservation, but it's too scary here. We'll be doing some night wildlife watching in Colorado....we always stay out late there, build a fire, have a glass of wine, and watch the stars. No doubt the wildlife is watching us! This time, I'm going to wander off a little and see what I find.

    2. Have you done much spotlighting at night before? We do it a bit because so much of Australia's wildlife is nocturnal. It's amazing what you can find :)

    3. I've never tried it before but I've also never realized how many critters are out at night. I am pretty excited about it, and figuring out ways to photograph them without being noticed.
      Do the animals freak out when you shine a light on them? How do you do it?

    4. I've never tried to take any photographs whilst spotlighting....just put that in the too hard category really. :)
      You don't need anything too fancy to start spotlighting, you can use any old torch but just need to be aware that if you aren't using one with a red lens....the bright, white light will leave them starry eyed for a while. Once we've found an animal l try to not shine the light directly in their eyes.
      You're basically looking for eye shine, the colour of their eyes when they reflect light. Also keep an ear out for any rustling or noise and follow the noise with your torch.
      Another good trick is to put the beam of light right near your head. So when l spotlight, l put the torch up next to my temple, that way it's a lot easier to pick up on the eye shine. You will look a bit weird, but you know...we don't care about that anymore hey? ;)

    5. Thanks for the info on spotlighting. Here's my plan....I'll get a flashlight with a red lens, and find a good spot on our mesa in Colorado this spring. Of course I'll put the dogs in the truck for this. (They don't like to wander the mesa at night anyway.) If I set the camera on a tripod, wait for animal noise, spotlight and shoot, it should work out. Yeah, I'm sure I will look a little strange, but it will only be me and the wildlife, and I don't think they'll mind too much. ;)

  4. An arrowhead!!!!! and all those tiny bones!! What treasures!!! <3

    1. Arrowheads always make my heart beat a little faster. They are gifts from the gods. And the tiny bones....they tell such stories! xo