9/14/15 Notes to Myself: I recently discovered this "installation" in a Magnolia tree in my backyard! Pretty hard to miss because it's rather large. From what I've read this is a Bald-Faced Hornet's nest and while I am steering clear of it, I am finding it an amazing work that has a beautiful architecture and sculptural quality to it. They are quite talented creatures! What stunned me with further attention were the Magnolia leaves incorporated into the facade. They look like flanges or something of that nature. If I let my imagine go they could be wings.... The question that arose was how were they able to attach and carry the leaves? What I picture in my minds eye are a few bees somehow carrying the leaves through the air and then working to build them into the sides. I'm not sure that's how they did it, but I wish I had noticed because it was happening before me without my awareness. There is so much value in being able to stop my activity of the day which can become routine if I'm not present in the moment. Slowing down and witnessing the life that IS going on around me is something I continue to be mindful of. Life is short and rather than racing to beat time which I can not change I'd rather slow down. Maybe even stop so that I can truly reap the rich sweetness in life that is always all around me.