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April 20, 2013 / Rae Spencer


Cardinal April 19

This week our television flashed image after image of chaos, pain, and loss. I don’t have a personal connection to any of the Boston Marathon bomb victims, nor any of the Texas fertilizer plant explosion victims, and yet my shock and grief feel personal. More and more personal as time passes, as scenes of blood and smoke and flames give way to achingly poignant details about the dead and wounded.

Cardinal April 19

Desperate to escape my growing sense of helplessness, I turn off the television and retreat into the yard, where I find a foraging cardinal, a pollen-dusted bee, and a pair of brave grackles. A hungry tufted titmouse, a half-grown rabbit, and a sleepy squirrel. They remind me that my journey is simultaneously important and insignificant, that I am both connected to and separate from the world. And their company feels like a glimpse of solace, a brief visitation of peace during a week defined by turmoil.

Cardinal April 19

Bee April 18

Birds April 14

Tufted Titmouse April 19

Rabbit April 20

Squirrel April 19


  1. jeanryan1 / Apr 20 2013 5:38 PM

    Thank you, Rae. We all needed these photos.

  2. bardessdmdenton / Apr 21 2013 7:59 PM

    Thank you for sharing the solace and balance that comes from nature, Rae. I, like you, turn to it often when in need of detachment and connection, and peace. Lovely lovely photographs, too! XO

  3. Stacie / May 6 2013 8:21 AM

    I know how you feel. Nature is the greatest healer. 🙂

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