In the late afternoon, this is what I found: a feather on a fern.
It was hard to photograph, but I captured it at last.
What a poetic gift from the Empress, leaving her fluffy feather perched so exquisitely.
I think of Hildegarde von Bingen’s music, called ‘A Feather on the Breath of God’.
The Empress reminds me so tread lightly into 2012, to remember balance, to maintain poise.

As I was taking the photos, I heard a whooshing of wings, and there she was again, perching in the kawakawa just above my head, showing me her white breast and purple-green top feathers. Thank you Empress, for your gracious message from the skies.
May we all go lightly into the new year.