Snowy Owls Are Back At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

snowy owl on a haystackSnowy Owls are back for the winter at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island in the coastal Newburyport, Massachusetts area. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing my first Snowy Owl the year yet this season, but starting next week when I am finished with my Fall 2014 classes at UMass Amherst’s UWW, I’ll be heading to the Refuge in search of these majestic beauties. Nothing spells rest and relaxation for me more than time outdoors in every season, enjoying the diverse wildlife at my beloved Refuge.

The photo above was taken at the Newbury Salt Marsh, just outside of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, in December 2013. Continue reading

Daily Affirmations: Mother Nature

The lure of nature is a strong force of inspiration. I am awed by the wonders that I see every day, whether in my yard or driving in my car, or hiking a well loved path. I re-mind myself everyday to take time to reflect on the wonders of Mother Earth and rest my soul in her abundance and glories. ~~ Pamela J. Leavey

(Photo: Great Blue Heron on the Salt Marsh at Plum Island ~ Pamela J. Leavey 2012)

Daily Affirmations: Abundance

Abundance coexists with the grace of knowing that I have everything I need, right here, right now. When I rest in that knowledge, I open up the channels to give and to receive. ~ Pamela J. Leavey

(Photo: Mute Swans at Joppa Flats in Newburyport ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey 2012)

Daily Affirmations: Abundance Begins Within

Abundance begins within. Today, I acknowledge the prosperity and abundance that surrounds my life in the form of loving family and friends. I am grateful for all the abundance in my life. In gratitude, I accept the riches that manifest daily in my life. ~~ Pamela J. Leavey

(Photo: Three Mute Swans at Joppa Flats, Newburyport ~ c. Pamela J. Leavey 2012)

On The River: Reflections

It’s a beautiful day here on the river…

As I sit here at my desk, to my left I see the river sparkling with a fervent, intensely brilliant reflection of the sun. Not a cloud in the sky, with my desk facing south, the sun sits at 11:23 outside of my window.

To the right of my desk, outside of the bay window in which my desk sits, I watch as the ice floes float down stream, creating ever changing patterns.

Housebound as I am for a few more days, I am re-minded every day how blessed I am to live here on the river with my slivers of river views that constantly fill my heart and soul with love and gratitude.

The mighty Merrimack River is rooted in my body, mind and soul. As a small child I grew up along the river in West Newbury. At eleven, we moved to Newburyport and short walk to the Chain Bridge area.

It was one year after moving back to this area (a little over 3 years ago) when I realized that more than anything in this breathtakingly beautiful estuary, abundant in Mother Nature’s gifts, it was the river that most spoke to me.

She lifts me up, she carries me in her bouyant arms, like the mother and she lets my heart and soul float in her love.

(Photo: Winter On The Merrimack River ~~ c. Pamela J. Leavey 2012)

On The River

Having your right foot in a cast is truly a pain in the a**. I’m not sure what is most annoying about it all, but not being able to drive is a big one. It’s tough being stuck in house and dependent on family and friends for supplies, etc…

I also sorely miss my hiking at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Maudsley State Park and along Point Shore in Amesbury. Before I started hiking a few weeks ago, a good drive along the river to Plum Island always served to clear my head.

Thankfully, my hiking partner came by to rescue me on Monday and we took a wonderful drive along the Merrimack River, from Amesbury, through Merrimack and Rock’s Village and then over the Rock’s Village Bridge and back along River Road in West Newbury (my early childhood stomping grounds).

We were looking for Bald Eagles which have been here in smaller numbers this season. The Bald Eagle proved to be elusive on Monday, but we treated to a sighting of 4 – 6 Eastern Bluebirds… Yes, that’s right, the Blue Bird Of Happiness.

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