It’s spring and Mr. and Mrs. Goose have returned to the pond to start a new family. Their chosen roost is the top of Mr. Muskrat’s den. Said rodent has also surfaced and is busy controlling invasive pond fauna (yay!). Still Mr. Goose, on his own patrol against home invaders, has already been poked in the ribs for getting too close to Mrs. Goose and the unhatched kiddlings.
In this image, Mr. Muskrat is just passing through.
It’s Thanksgiving weekend in these parts and my loyal collie, Reilly, and I are enjoying short walks in nature. The spectacular colour show is particularly heartwarming this year given the times in which we live.
So we lose ourselves to the wonder of it and give thanks for its beauty. After a virtual plague of caterpillars in the spring that decimated the foliage on many of the trees around here it’s reassuring to see how resilient nature is.
Whenever I find myself feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of our times I bring my thoughts back to nature. I look at this nearby tree, for instance, and consider what it must have witnessed and the storms it must have weathered over 100 years (+/-) of its existence.
Nature can help us put things in perspective. If we’re paying attention it can teach us lessons of resilience and adaptability. How to flow with the seasons, weather the storms, and bend with the winds of change.
Nature knows how to take care of itself. We, as living beings, are an extension of nature that appears to have lost this knowing. We need to return to the natural world and tune in to its healing frequencies.