Last week I went to a birding class at the Portland Audubon Society. It was a basic class on identifying birds. The basic message? Stand still and look. Look for shape, look for marking, look for size. We looked at guide books, identified similar birds by pictures. On Sunday, a Rufous Towhee came to my feeder. How did I know it wasn't a strangely marked robin? By looking. By seeing. Today a peregrine landed on our fence. How did I know? By looking, by seeing, by checking the guidebook.
Wendell Berry says this.
On Ash Wednesday, I went to an all day reflective retreat. During a time of individual silence, I looked out of the chapel window and saw this.