Long Island seems synonymous with suburbia or Hamptons highlife. Unseen by the motorists whizzing by on the  Long Island Express,  though still fragile, is a rebounding wildlife population. Otters are swimming down from the north, wild turkeys are flourishing and osprey are dining in the bays. There is still lots to worry about, brown tide, global warming, human encroachment, but there is also hope and so much to wonder at. 

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.  -Mary Oliver

⁣I want to say: all my life,⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣I was a bride married to amazement.⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣I was the bridegroom, ⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣taking the world into my arms.”⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣-Mary Oliver⁣⁣⁣

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We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... In a world older and more complete than ours they moved finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.   

-Henry Beston

Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.

-Mary Oliver's instructions for life.

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