Winter is almost over. I go outside on my patio and feel one with nature. I awaken now every morning to the sound of birds singing.
Where just a few days ago, the tulips were barely emerging from the soil, today I see they’ve grown by several inches.
I was making coffee and heard the birds out on the patio. I saw a little titmouse wren, actually quite a few of them, flitting from spot to spot, as they are wont to do.
They were in the dead remains of a Kimberly fern left over from last year. Maybe they will nest there.
By the time I open the door to get a better look, they are gone. Drawn together in a group, they fly beyond the rooftops
A Robin, A Mockingbird & A Cardinal:
The robin sits at the top of the still naked branches and calls out. It reminds me of the town crier.
The mockingbird sings a myriad of songs, all that’s in its vast repertoire.
The red male cardinal calls to his mate.
I grab my camera, go outside and stand still. Watching, waiting. Trying to pinpoint where they took off to when I opened the door and startled them.
Abi Sunning On The Patio:
Abi goes out and gets in a chair and lays in the sun, one of her favorite places.
Charlie walks about searching and inspecting and sniffing.
This is one of the most peaceful times of day for me, the early morning hours of the weekend. There are no delivery trucks groaning down the road or alley next to my fence.
I look about the patio and it is in chaos from winter. I must get to work and set it to rights. But the weather is still a bit cool.
I need to start cutting the dead growth from my flowers and herbs and give the roots a chance to renew their energy.
My First Experience Bird Watching:
One of my most wonderful experiences was when Mrs. Lipsky, my fifth grade teacher, took a small group of us bird watching early one Saturday morning.
We followed along behind her, mimicking her soft steps, looking up into the trees, silent.
I suppose that is where I learned to observe the birds, to be alert to their chirping and learn to identify them. It fostered my burgeoning love of nature that is so strong today.
The world can be a chaotic place. Electronic devices fill up the silent moments, taking away the joy of just walking down a street in peace and quiet. We are besieged with sounds everywhere we go.
But nature is always a good place to ease into and relax.
Noise In Our Environment:
I cannot control many noises in my environment, so nature works the same magic as when I was a fifth grader trekking through the woods with my teacher.
These moments are some of my very favorite ones. Relying on my eyes and ears. Waiting for spring to come.
The birdsong warms my heart and calms me like nothing else can.
I am thankful for the internet, where I can follow along and find out what is going on in the world in silence.
This is as close as I can get right now to being on an island surrounded by water. I can only imagine what it would be like to live in such a remote place, with only the sounds that nature brings.