These are some of the things I have seen today.

From my back patio in a suburb of bustling Chicago.

A mother owl with her chick


The first flowers in my yard



A watchful mother
Owl family in moonlight

I am filled with wonder that such beauty is available

right under my feet,

and up above my head.

And yet, I am only just here. Just home. Just now.

On just another spring day.

Let these stars and things give me pause

to recall there’s nothing trifling or banal…

about just another day.

    M42 – Orion Nebula
(EOS 1D MkIII and 200MM f/1.8×1.5 8sec)

    .The Pleiades