Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #352

Sometimes Struggles are exactly what we need in our life.
If we were to go through life without any obstacles,
It would cripple us.
We would not be as strong as we could have been
And we could never fly.
So next time you are faced with an obstacle,
A challenge, or a problem,
Struggle a little- then fly.


I sat in the comfort of my rocking chair under cover from the heat. At first the noise distracted my escape of morning reading and meditation. But then I looked into all the racket, and found that the perfect image of struggle was across the street rather than in my own head.

We all have struggles. It is personal and as big or small as we make it, but we must move on past the dust and disgust.

You will have struggles on your journey, that is how you grow†††††††††nada te turbe†††††jim

Photo of Da Day @ Da Pine #351

Just another day in the neighborhood. My always alert friends, Hugh & Carolyn are quick to give me the heads up when they sight something around their pond. A couple of weeks ago, Hugh had left a message on my phone letting me know that a baby fawn had been born in their backyard. Unfortunately, I was out of town and the little guy had made off with his mom a few days later. Hugh called me around noon today and told me the little fellow was back.

I loaded up my 300mm and headed his way. Hugh pointed out where the little fellow was hiding and I walked to the far side of the pond and stalked my way to the spot. I was right where the deer was last seen and I could find nada. In stillness I scanned near my position and there he was, about 18″ from my feet.  I was frozen in awe. I could hear him breathing and  watch the rise and fall of his lungs. He was way too close for my 300mm so I just watched. It was a true Abba moment. We made eye contact and he was gone.

I watched him run to another spot 30 or so yards away. I didn’t want to spook him or force him to become overheated in the 100º temperature. I crawled on my belly to his new position and managed a few frames before he curled into a small ball and went to sleep in the deep grass. A true golden moment.

Let your breath & fall in sync with a fawn on your journey, it will do ya good!††††††nada te turbe††††jim