When you have swam…

“When you have swam in the sea
a lake will no longer do;
everyone else has been a pond
but the ocean was always you.” 
― -Tyler Knott Gregson-

Turtle Lake, Big Fork, Minnesota

Photo Credit: ©2017 Jessica L. Navratil

I have seen them…

“I have seen them riding seaward on the waves 
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back 
When the wind blows the water white and black. 

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea 
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown 
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.” 
— T.S. Eliot

Photo Credit: ©2017 Jessica L. Navratil

 

We are eagles…

“We are eagles of one nest…the nest is in our soul.” – Led Zeppelin

Minnesota Trail at Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, Minnesota: This bald eagle was found in Wisconsin in 1997 suffering from lead poisoning and a broken wing. By the time she arrived at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center, her wing injury was deemed old and had already healed in a way that limited her flight – making her non-releasable into the wild. She arrived at the Zoo a year later, and today is a mature raptor in her early twenties! This eagle enjoys her treetop perch and tasty enrichment treats given by her amazing team of dedicated caregivers.

Photo Credit: ©2017 Jessica L. Navratil

The World Is…

“The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice.” ― William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

Christmas Lake, Chanhassen, Minnesota

Photo Credit: ©2017 Jessica L. Navratil