Raindrops || Hitchhiking to Heaven

Why Today Was Good

It rained this afternoon and I went for a walk. I saw five ospreys hunting. Two reached down and pulled silver fish from beneath the green scarf of the lake. There were mergansers. There was a pileated woodpecker and then a newt with an orange belly. How some people feel about newborn babies is how I feel about newts. I am helpless with compassion. They are without fur, tooth, or claw. They move with deliberate care, and so slowly.


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  • Reply Julia March 8, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Oh, I love it. Yes- newts always astound me with how fragile they are. But they don’t seem to mind, do they? They just slowly wobble along unaware of their vulnerability.

    I love this video; just long enough to make you sit still, not too long that you start wiggling. Is their a filter on it? And how did you do that?

    • Reply Shae March 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

      I have always loved newts! Two apps to get for your iPhone: 8mm is a vintage video camera app, and ReelDirector lets you edit what you shoot. You can add titles and trim clips and stuff, so people don’t start wiggling. :-)

  • Reply tigress March 9, 2013 at 5:19 am

    I love it!

    • Reply Shae March 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you, Tigz!

  • Reply Leslie D March 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

    So….meditative! What are we supposed to learn from newts? Or you, for pointing us to them? “Helpless with compassion.” A truly desired state!

    • Reply Shae March 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Newts remind me of everything innocent and they help return me to that state in myself. Hmmm. Maybe I should look into newt as a totem animal!

  • Reply Denise | Chez Danisse March 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Wonderful, Shae. All of it.

    • Reply Shae March 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Much appreciated, Denise. Thanks for checking in. :-)

  • Reply Adene March 31, 2013 at 4:54 am

    I so appreciate your video having recently retired to a small village by the sea where not much happens! I love it!

    • Reply Shae April 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you, Adene! I wish you all the best in your peaceful village.

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