Chapter 9: The Empowerment of Surrender
– Miracles manifest and flow with grace.
My divinely manifested brand new 2011 Suzuki car, shortly after driving it home.
(In 2015 it manifested another miracle – that story will be included
in Book 2 of “Sacred Possibilities”!)
The sacred and significant dream-catcher I created for my new car.
(Includes a feather from Great Horned Owl gifted during one of my Nature walks,
other feather gifts from Nature, brass bee bead and brass Thor’s hammer pendant
created by a Norwegian artist, different beads of stone, lava, crystal and wood
and leather strips of multiple colours.
My urban backyard from 2002 – 2011, which I transformed with many,
into a Nature oasis (this is what it looked like pre-transformation).
Note: All images of the yard, plants and wildlife, were captured with
film photography (before I went digital!).
The first plants – “red osier dogwood” seedlings, being investigated by a robin.
Plants emerging and leafing, in the transformed yard’s fifth Spring (2007),
complete with two seating areas and stone paths.
The blooming season transforms the native prairie plants into
beautiful gardens – a feast for pollinators!
The following photographs are of various wildlife with the indigenous plants,
taken from 2003 to 2007.
A monarch butterfly chrysalis hanging from a “wild grape” vine on the trellis.
Monarch caterpillars feeding on a blooming “swamp milkweed” plant.
A monarch chrysalis in the beginning of its phase.
A monarch chrysalis at the end of its phase
(shortly before the butterfly emerges).
A newly emerged monarch butterfly that flew onto me.
A newly emerged female monarch butterfly.
A monarch butterfly feeding on a blooming “meadow blazingstar” plant.
A painted lady caterpillar feeding on a blooming “everlasting” plant.
A painted lady butterfly feeding on a “New England aster” flower.
A painted lady butterfly feeding on a “narrow-leaf sunflower” blossom.
A newly emerged painted lady butterfly feeding on a “black-eyed susan” blossom.
A black swallowtail caterpillar on the stem of a “golden alexander” plant.
A black swallowtail butterfly feeding on minerals in the damp
(chemical-free, naturally organic!) garden soil.
A black swallowtail butterfly feeding on the blossoms of a “purple boneset” plant.
A juvenile cottontail rabbit feeding on the seed-heads of wild grasses
like “switch grass”, bowing over the path.
A bumble bee feeding on a “New England aster” blossom.
A female meadowhawk dragonfly sunning herself on the
buds of a “Canada goldenrod” plant.
A tiny skipper butterfly feeding on a “black-eyed susan” blossom.
A male goldfinch feeding on the seeds of a “tall coneflower” plant.
An anglewing butterfly species (the question mark) feeding on blossoms
of a “swamp milkweed” plant (that smell sweetly like caramel!).
A monarch butterfly feeding on a “black-eyed susan” blossom.
A flower fly that imitates a wasp or bee for protection from predators,
feeding on a “New England aster” blossom.
A red admiral butterfly feeding on the pretty spire florets of a “culver’s root”
(a species of wild plant has become rare in its natural habitat).
A honey bee feeding on a “black-eyed susan” blossom.
A cloud sulphur butterfly feeding on blooming clusters of a “stiff goldenrod” plant.
A Milbert’s tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on a “New England aster” flower.
A female meadowhawk dragonfly sunning on a “Canada goldenrod” plant.
A bumble bee flying towards a “wood rose” blossom.
A red admiral butterfly feeding on a “false sunflower” blossom.
A bumble bee feeding on the blooming florets of a “culver’s root” plant’s spire.
A bluet damselfly perched on a wild grass stem.
Honey bees feeding on a “wild rose” shrub’s blossoms.
An anglewing butterfly species (the comma) feeding on the sweet juice
of overwintered native “wild grapes”.
My special Navajo ring of green turquoise and silver, worn and charged
at the sacred Navajo canyons in Arizona.