I drove Highway 17 for most of the day (10 hours) from Manitoulin to Kingston to visit my father for the weekend. I witnessed a cloud of red winged blackbirds just after Pembroke. The felt blackbirds (no red) in this image are a study I did last year, but the image is close to what I saw today. Red winged blackbirds are part of my childhood. We would see them when we walked to school.
While driving I listened to Clarissa Pinkola Estes read her book "Women Who Walk with the Wolves" a book that's been on my to do list forever. Inspiring.
"Don't conform to ideas without examining them first. Ask yourself "What do I want? What am I hungry for? Your answer must come from your instinctual self.
Don't allow anyone to compress your vivid energy. Your ideals, your opinions, your values etc. Don't forget that a garden has to be turned in the fall. There must be destruction and darkness - it can't bloom all the time. Darkness is also part of your vivid energy" (paraphrased by moi)