Nature Amongst Us
One of the things I like the most about living in the country is all the wildlife. We have an abundance of birds which are my favorite, but also, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, possums, and although I’ve never seen one I’ve seen the prints for deer.
Wildlife can be a delight and a pain at the same time. Just this morning I had one bold sparrow hanging on the window and pecking it, to let me know it’s time to refill the feeder. Then, while I was meditating, a huge squall happened right outside my window. A quick look let me know the mockingbirds were in trouble, so I flew out the door with an umbrella in hand ready to do battle with whatever was disturbing their nest. I didn’t see anything, so figured I scared it off when I came barreling out the door.
Sadness and Joy
A few years ago I tried in vain to save their hatchlings when I saw them going wild. When I finally spotted their nest I also spotted a huge black snake. My husband and I tried to save the babies, but the snake got them. That was a sad day.
This spring I’ve got somebody digging in all my gardens. I think they’re after grubs, but they’re digging up seeds in the process as well.
Then there’s the morning when the first hummingbird feeds on the blossoms right out my window. I can hear their wings and their chit-chitting at each other. The hummer moths that feed on the plants arrive. With the blooming of the zinnias and tithonia the swallowtail butterflies arrive in droves. Nothing more beautiful that them floating from flower to flower, surrounded by the cast of tiny colorful relatives.
Of course I deal with any number of bugs, spiders, etc. We’ve learned to live in symbiosis, except when I come across one that’s poisonous. I still can’t just let them go. I hope one day to live in tune so that I can just ask them to leave the property and no harm will be done.
I think one of the most amazing mornings I ever spent was when I happened on a cicada that had just hatched. It was sitting on the edge of the garden. I sat for a long time watching as it pumped fluid into its wings. It’s body growing smaller, while its wings grew bigger. It changing from a bright green to a bronzy color as it went through the change. Then in a flash it was gone.
So, stop, look, listen, smell and enjoy nature.
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