When eagles somersault and autumn leaves sparkle here at home

Inside our home--looking out

Inside our home–looking out

Today shall be my weekly blessing post.  Thanks to my blogging friend from Scotland, Harula, who has inspired me to write weekly until 2014 dawns.

Looking to the right off our deck

Looking to the right off our deck

Please admire the photos of the still-gorgeous autumn leaves all around our house.  This is Home, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, thank all the tree gods and goddesses, as well as the spirit of the divine.

Because this post so means “Home” to me,  I shall contribute to the WordPress daily prompt “Home Sweet Home.”

Looking to the left off our deck

Looking to the left off our deck

I am showing you photos of our physical home here in our Little House in the Big Woods.

Autumn lingers much later than usual

Autumn lingers much later than usual

Yet, I would like to tell you a blessing story as well.

Would you like to hear it?

It tells the story of a soul’s home, of a soul’s blessing.



Last week, less than twenty miles from home, a miracle happened.

(When one looks for miracles, they often happen, don’t they?)

I glanced upward through the car’s windshield.  There–just above–what in the world…?

By our shed

By our shed

Two birds catapulted from the sky, joined together, perhaps by claw or beak or feathers?  The birds fell, head over tail, head over tail, somersaulting, rushing toward the earth, falling, falling, falling!

They dove, they fell, they plummeted, these diving birds, and I gasped through the car’s windshield, spell-bound, mesmerized, as these glorious creatures fell in tandem, somersaulting, careening toward their ultimate home, their next breath!

Leaves by our house

Leaves by our house

Suddenly, oh so suddenly, the birds parted.  They were–yes!–bald eagles!  One flew to the east in front of the car’s windshield.  One flew to the west.  Magnificent birds, their heads white, their tails white, their bodies black as earth.

Two bald eagles somersaulted to the earth together and, at the last possible moment, flew gracefully apart in opposite directions.

Up close fallen leaves

Up close fallen leaves

That, dear reader, represents my spiritual home.

That, dear reader, represents a grace which is available to us if we but persevere through Life’s tumult.

That, dear reader, represents Infinite Blessing.  I’ve seen the eagles play like this before–but never in such a way that momentarily robbed breath, which momentarily awed so intensely.

Jump right in and play!

Jump right in and play!

Thank you for the blessings of this week. So many ordinary and extraordinary blessings which birthed like the autumn leaves turning, turning, turning magnificent colors.

Thank you a hundredfold.  And may all my readers be so richly blessed in the upcoming days…

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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78 Responses to When eagles somersault and autumn leaves sparkle here at home

  1. sybil says:

    Blessings bestowed and gratefully received. Thank you Kathy.

  2. Susan D says:

    How amazing! Wow.

  3. john says:

    Wonderful pictures to accompany a wonderful experience! Thank you for sharing!

  4. lucindalines says:

    Blessings back to you, and thank you so much for sharing that, I could almost see them the way you described the eagles.

  5. Carol says:

    Love this blessing! Perseverance is the oh-so necessary part to get through the tumult – and comes more easily some days than others. The grace that follows? I’m hoping.

    • Kathy says:

      I think you’re very wise, Carol, about that perseverance. We might think we’re going to plummet to the earth but, I do so believe, grace follows. I hope.

  6. It is so amazing what is there around us if we just look! I love looking from your viewpoint, Kathy! Thank you.

  7. Susan Derozier says:

    Oh Kathy – You’ve done it again. Noone feeds my senses as do you. I seriously would not be able to do anything but stare all day at the beauty around your home. ‘Taking it into my dreams tonight while I pretend to be back “up nort(h)” — The eagle story had me afraid to read on, but what an amazing finish. Your own theater unfolding just for you. This day and moment I am thankful for you! Now I’m going to go back and look at your pictures again more slowly. Beautiful!

    • Kathy says:

      Susan, I am so glad you enjoyed both parts of the blog–the autumn leaves and the eagle mating dance. (I found out it’s an eagle mating dance.) Glad to hear that others have seen this, too. Glad to share my theater for you, too!

  8. Robin says:

    Thank you. And thank you again and again. Beauty, blessings, and a miracle (probably more than one) all wrapped up in one post. ♥

    • Kathy says:

      Robin, I’ve been impatiently awaiting writing this week’s blessing blog since this happened. Loved viewing nature’s miracle dance in the sky. Thank YOU.

  9. Barb says:

    I have seen this spectacle, and it is breathtaking. It is the eagles’ mating dance (think how exhilarating it must be to lock together and plummet toward earth)! Eagles mate for life, so they carry out this spectacular summersault together many times to reproduce. Nature is amazing – a true blessing, Kathy. Your home turf looks like Paradise – lots of fall beauty.

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, I appreciate you and a couple others for telling me it’s an eagle’s mating dance. Thank you! I guess I didn’t think “mating” because I imagined that happened in the spring time and not in the autumn. We do have a lot of autumn beauty here. (That’s to make up for the loooonnnngggg winters!)

  10. Joanne says:

    ….thank you Kathy, and blessings to you also, as the autumn leaves fall and the miracles unfold. xxx

  11. lisaspiral says:

    I love the light in some of those photos, warm and golden like the autumn leaves. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kathy says:

      Glad you enjoyed, Lisa. I took these photos after a rain the other day. Everything was glistening even more than usual. (And it snowed for a couple of seconds when we went to Mount Arvon, the highest point in Michigan. Not really a mountain compared to “real” mountains, you understand.)

  12. Stacy says:

    Such a beautiful world, isn’t it, Kathy, if we just take the time to notice. ❤

  13. dorannrule says:

    Wow! Your post took my breath away. I can only imagine the awesome response you must have had seeing the real thing!

    • Kathy says:

      It was so cool, Dor! I was a little nervous to share this eagle somersault in this blog post after the moon-heart post. I thought–NO ONE will believe that both these things happened this week! Thank goodness others here have seen this eagle mating dance. (That’s what they tell me it is.)

  14. as I said earlier today– you are absolutely lyrical–thanks for your blessing tale

  15. You are truly blessed to have witness this mating flight! Blessed to the 10 power if such is possible ;o) Thakn you for sharing the story! May I please share it on my facebook profile. I will and ask forgiveness later ;o)

    • Kathy says:

      Carla, I so appreciate you (and my friend, Barb, up above) for telling me that it was a mating flight. I didn’t think they would be mating in the autumn, so just decided they were playing. It was so beautiful and breath-taking to witness. Thank you for sharing it on FB–no forgiveness needed. 🙂

  16. Karma says:

    Wow, what a sight to have been graced to see those eagles! Your home is alight with the fire of a beautiful fall season. It has been so wonderfully warm and colorful here as well. Here is a little blessing I had, just a couple weeks ago: it was a beautiful night and the stars were bright and I was enjoying a soak in the hot tub. I leaned back and looked up at the sky. Just at that moment, the lowest, brightest meteor I’ve ever seen in my whole life blazed the sky – fiery tail in evidence behind it. Most shooting stars I’ve seen usually go by as a quick, white wisp. Not this one! I most certainly wished on it!

    • Kathy says:

      I didn’t feel so grateful to see this, Karma. (And to soak in the beauty of the leaves which have lasted here much longer than usual this year.) I LOVED reading your blessing story right now and imagining that special moment in the hot tub. How lucky you are to have that–and to see that meteor. Glad that the Universe moved your eyes upward at that very moment. Did you, by the way, wish for a certain team to win? lol!

      • Karma says:

        Is that “didn’t” up there a typo, Kathy?
        No, that wasn’t my wish, lol! Still waiting/hoping for wish to come true.

        • Kathy says:

          I am laughing hysterically! I am not having a good day, Karma! I just published my most recent blog about our trip up to the Copper Country and Barry found six mistakes! That’s what I get, being married to an editor. Just THINK how many typos aren’t caught. That must have been a Freudian slip about the Red Sox. lol.

  17. Beautiful world you live in, about, around, between the leaves,the trees, and the eagle mating dance to carry your spirit upward and free with them.

    • Kathy says:

      My spirit flew upward with the eagles while my mouth dropped open, Linda. It was so neat! Everything is so beautiful…and soon it will all be stark, bare, black and white for many, many months to come. Thank you for your words.

  18. Beautiful post. You and Barry are so blessed to live amid a bountiful natural setting that appears to be a peaceful kingdom.


    • Kathy says:

      Glad you enjoyed this, Yvonne. Just don’t be thinking it’s TOO peaceful up here! We’ve got our share of challenges on all fronts, both the natural and human.

  19. Wonderful telling of an awesome event! Thank you! Your cozy home looks absolutely golden this time of year, with all the colors around. Lovely photos!

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy, I was breathless all week awaiting the blessing post–to share this story. I appreciate your appreciation of both the story and the photos. Thank you.

  20. Brenda Hardie says:

    Kathy, it’s a beautiful blessing to see the gorgeous fall colors and magnificent eagles in the sky ♥ I’ve been watching the huge flocks of geese and a pair of eagles playing in the windswept sky lately too. Every day when I go out to visit my girlie’s burial spot, I see the geese and eagles up in the sky and send up love and prayers so my girlie knows I am missing her and wishing her pain-free happiness now. ♥ Thank you for sharing this beautiful post with many glorious pictures and loving words ♥

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, I saw another bald eagle on the way home from work about a half hour ago. He/she was all puffed up to keep warm. (We saw a few snowflakes again this morning in between rain showers.) Glad to hear that the eagles are blessing your prayers and love, and that dear Chloe is probably looking down, wagging her tail.

  21. Heather says:

    Love the sentiment about miracles – they do happen when you’re looking for them 🙂
    Did I mention that the day we were in your area last week we saw seven eagles? Seven! One glided and glided over us while we hiked the Sturgeon River canyon. So happy you were breathlessly graced by two!

    • Kathy says:

      It does seem that way, Heather. When you keep your eye opened for miracles, they do seem to happen more often. It’s like, where our attention goes…there Life flows. Oh my gosh–it’s–it’s SNOWING! Get out your skis! P.S. The natives always say that seven eagles are a blessing. Glad you saw them.

  22. I feel doubly blessed, once by your wonderful photos, and once by your thoughtful prose!

  23. sonali says:

    “Home” What an absolutely comforting word. Your home is definitely filled with beauty of all kinds. I can imagine sitting on the deck, watching around, perhaps, writing something… seems like to perfect place. Serene, peaceful, divine, its love all around. I have seen It those autmn leaves just once in my life last year, while I was in Europe and I regret not picking few of those. I’d love to keep them in my books, dried once. One can even sketch something or write something on them after they are dried.
    Thank you very much, Kathy! I already feel blessed 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      It is hard to imagine, Sonali, that many people have not seen autumn leaves like this. It’s too easy to take their beauty for granted…. No, I shouldn’t have typed that. The fall leaves still can take many a breath away. They can be so beautiful. We must keep them in our heart through the long black-and-white winter. Thank you!

  24. Reggie says:

    Seeing those eagles would have taken my breath away too, Kathy. I am really enjoying these gratitude posts – there is something so magical and spiritual about them. Write on, dear friend!

  25. Bonnie says:

    That must have been amazing. How fortunate you are, or should I say, blessed. Your little house in the woods is beautiful, so thank you for sharing the pictures.

    • Kathy says:

      I do feel fortunate, at least much of the time, Bonnie. Thank you for enjoying the pictures of our home. (It’s snowing right now! I think that should be illegal until November, don’t you?)

  26. Wow, how beautiful and indeed what a blessing!!! I’ve never seen that, and I can feel as I read this wonderfully written piece, how the experience was ‘take your breath away’ stunning. An honour to have these magnificent birds play before your eyes, and sooooo true that, with grace, we can all do the same…when we find ourselves tumbling through the air…thanks for sharing Kathy, and for the kind pingback:-) Love n hugs, Harula xxxxx

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Harula, for your kind words. All week I couldn’t wait for the blessing post in order to share this story. And to give hope to those who are tumbling and perhaps fearful that they might not survive their challenges. Blessings to your spirit and sharing!

  27. According to a friend with native roots, seeing eagles is indeed a blessing – and to see two together, you are doubly blessed. Your woods are in their glory, aren’t they? The colours are magnificent and it’s a blessing they are still on the trees, for the most part. Here, a little further north, they are mostly on the ground or raked up into bags or composting piles. There are still a few with leaves, but the majority are bare, indicating that winter is closer than we’d like. We even got a few flakes of the white stuff, yesterday! (Blech!) Enjoy your blessed life, Kathy, and thanks for sharing it with us! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      It did feel like a blessing, withershins. I always love seeing the eagles–the bald eagle is part of the name given to me by local natives. The woods around our house are still rich with color, but up in higher elevations (away from the lake) our woods is as bare as yours. You wouldn’t believe it–it was snowing a few minutes ago. Double blech!

  28. Beautiful Kathy and a fine fall crunch through the leaves to you! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Have you ever seen eagles do that, Terrill? I am assuming you must have, living in eagle country yourself. Happy crunchy feet with sweet-smelling leaves to you, as well.

  29. Kathy – I sill have goosebumps, THANK YOU for sharing your blessing!

  30. Thank you for your thoughtful blessings, Kathy. Your pictures are very special and so are you. Blessings to you.

  31. Janet says:

    Wow, I love fall in your area. It sure is beautiful there.

  32. Connie T says:

    All the fall leaves are so pretty. They are yellow where I live too. The trees are red and yellow and rust color. The bushes have turned beautiful colors too.

  33. Oh Kathy!!! I don’t know what’s prettier, your snowy winters or your colorful autumns. BEAUTIFUL colors, and what a wonderful view you have!

  34. What a thrill seeing those eagles summersaulting as you described! I can’t get over your lovely autumn leaves – a treat for my eyes this afternoon… ♥

    • Kathy says:

      It was such a special sight, Barbara. Another blogging friend emailed to say she witnessed two geese doing exactly the same thing last weekend in downstate Michigan. Guess it’s a more common mating ritual that we ever knew. Glad you enjoyed our autumn leaves.

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