Welcome! You have landed at my blog, Bird's Eye View, which is a nest for my photography, writing, art, and design, mostly created in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico; recipes, and a bit of my journey with essential oils. This blog also reflects my desire to climb off the poop deck, and into the crows' nest for the full 360º. You can find links to my work below. To contact me, please scroll to the end of the sidebar.
No amount of personal will, will make up for a lack of imagination...
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Why We Love Lemon!
Lemon essential oil is one of the most amazingly effective and simple oils to use for maintaining good health, as well as treating a variety of conditions (from herpes to hypertension). If you want to know how you can use doTERRA's essential oil of lemon to help keep you healthy, you may really be interested in our blog post onWhy We Love Lemon!
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Telling stories, sharing our creative experiences with a thoughtful eye. Wonder-full. Clickherefor one.
Can one person make a difference?
Yes! "The Man Who Planted Trees" is a story about a shepherd who collects acorns and plants a few a day for several years, the effects of which are... This jewel of a story has been perhaps Giono's most popular, and is such a profound and simple gift.
National Geographic magazine has an amazing article on the little-seen snow leopard. The link to the article and images ishere,and the link to the video of how these images were made (30,000 by Steve Winter over 10 months with camera traps) ishere. These are stunning cats! And...here's a linkto check out how the editor picks for the magazine.
Those of you who know me probably know I am the unofficial neem spokeswoman and I will extol the virtues of this tree to anyone who will listen. If you'd like to learn more about neem this is a wonderful book (pictured below). Here's the description: The neem tree, one of the most promising of all plants, may eventually benefit every person on the planet. Probably no other plant yields as many varied products or has as many exploitable by-products. Indeed, as foreseen by some scientists, this tree may usher in a new era in pest control; provide millions with inexpensive medicines; cut the rate of population growth; and perhaps even reduce erosion, deforestation, and the excessive temperature of an overheated globe.
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Amazing Morpho Butterfly
What you are seeing is not blue pigment, but layers of reflected light—also known as iridescence—on its scales. Click on it and you can learn more! Photo from Wikipedia.
This is an excellent documentary which aired on PBS July 2008 regarding the burning of the Indonesian rain forests. It profiles Dorjee Sun, an innovator who has a unique approach to carbon emissions and the plight of the farmers within these countries. You can watch it on line or buy the DVD from PBS. Many other good links onthis page.
A neighbor friend called me to see if I wanted to come and view her night blooming cereus. "It only blooms for one night and then it's gone", she said as I ran out the door with the point-and-shoot. This sprawly plant is a desert native and this particular one is a relative of one Georgia O'Keeffe had. It was the first time I'd seen one, just spectacular, and the fragrance was divine.
Former Quotes of the Moment
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.Mark Twain
"It takes courage to do what you want. Other people have a lot of plans for you. Nobody wants you to do what you want to do. They want you to go on their trip. But you can do what you want. Freedom involves making decisions, and each decision is a destiny decision. It's very difficult to find in the outside world something that matches what the system inside you is yearning for."
“If you follow your bliss, you will always have bliss, money or not.
If you follow money, you may lose it, and you will have nothing.”
“And what is it to work with love? . . .It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.”
“. . . Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. . . don't search for the answers. . . the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” —Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
". . .Some people mistake kindness for weakness. And if you're a person who likes to be giving, that's a horrible thing."
“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
You are out and I am in. What's wrong with this picture?