As humanity collectively holds its breath waiting … waiting … for what is anyone’s guess, so many torn up in fear, the natural world goes on as if there is nothing at all wrong. It is with much relief I go to the places of wild that give me sustaining life and refuge outside this world gone mad. As I drift along letting go of the inner tensions, I become attuned to natural wonders within a nightmare I cannot wake from.
The more relaxed and at ease I become when I am out with my cameras, the more my eyes see. And the more my eyes see the more my heart cries for the reality that is before my eyes, cries that this be my every day reality. I’ve become accustomed while immersed in this world just gazing, drinking it all in, and as I do my soul grows so large that I become what is around me in that exact NOW moment. I know no other greater JOY then this.
In my recent journeys I have been privileged to see two other types of duck-like birds that were here, blink, and now gone. They do not stay long. I just “happened” to be in the right place at the right time when they flew in to rest before they continued the rest of their journey. One duck-like species I saw was the Pied-billed Grebe.
I also saw not just one Bufflehead Duck, but a small flock on that same day.
Returning to the same nature preserve four days later I was in for more surprises. I saw the second duck-like bird and zoomed my lens in order to see. My mouth flew open! A Common Loon, a duck I’ve never seen before, another surprise and Gift. I must have taken 5oo frames of this guy all because I did not know if I would ever see this Loon again.
And then! I saw a beaver! As I was watching and photographing the Common Loon, I saw what looked to be a water snake moving on the water. Looking through my lens finder, my mouth flew open once again. All these years I’ve been going to this nature preserve, (at least 3!) and I have not seen a beaver. Right before me for the very first time I spotted a beaver.
This story just wouldn’t be complete without a pair of loud, gregarious Canadian Geese coming in for a landing. (smile)
May all that is unfolding in man’s world today make everyone think deeply and hard how we can together change our ways in order to get back into rhythm with Mother, the natural world we are privileged to live with. May all the present day fear and horror fade away and in its place a harmonious world based on Love and Peace be created with a unified human effort.
*Today it being finally sunny, I’ll be continuing my hunt for birds. Being that I can only be in one place at one time, there may be a delay in my response to your comments. No worries. I’ll get here when I can.*
Have a great day!
Photography/ “Refuge” /April 2020©AmyRose Photography
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