Around the campfire…

Campfire   Photo by Heather O'Connor

Solstice fire                                    Photo by Heather O’Connor

The Winter Solstice is the first of the December holidays. This year it was on the 21st of this month.  Our Salinan Native Americans were in good numbers at the rock along with interested non-native well wishers and campfire lovers, Heather and I being the latter. Hot food, cocoa, coffee, etc.

Gathering around the fire   Photo by Heather O'Connor

Gathering around the fire                                                   Photo by Heather O’Connor

A troop of 6 or 7 made the ascent to the top of Morro Rock to light a small prayer fire which was to drive away “evil spirits and to symbolize the heat, light and life giving properties of the returning sun.”

Great great grandmother keeping time      Photo by Heather O'Connor

Great great grandmother keeping time                             Photo by Heather O’Connor

The peregrine falcon is one of their spirits, however the birds didn’t make it to the party Saturday night.

"Seasons Come and Seasons Go"      Sculptor: Mark Greenaway    Photo by Heather O'Connor

“Seasons Come and Seasons Go”    Sculptor: Mark Greenaway     Photo by Heather O’Connor

IMG_0857I watched and listened for them. Maybe the drums and gourd shakers lulled them to sleep.

Happy trails, Bob

Good news. The first observed breeding of the peregrines this season started today, December, the 28th at 2:55PM !


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2 Responses to Around the campfire…

  1. janine says:

    Dear Bob, Heather, and Clive; As usual, your photos and words were authentic, more than beautiful, and very much appreciated. Best wishes for rich and meaningful 2014. Soon, Janine

    • Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch says:

      Bob, Cleve and I truly appreciate your kind and thoughtful comments. We are always making our best efforts for the sake of the magnificent peregrines and those people who are curious about learning more. Thank you. ~Heather

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