I walked to the nearest beach the other morning. It was windy and mild. I met a mockingbird, foraging for berries.
One of our neighbors had done something rather charming with Canada goose holiday decorations.
Not everything I saw was pleasant. I came across a dead yellow rumped warbler on the side of the road , and laid its body gently in the bushes.
And when I reached the beach, a dead black backed gull was lying in the deserted parking lot.
It was a typical winter day here on the Rhode Island coast. Still no snow…and blustery.
As 2011 draws to a close, it’s okay to be reminded that both life and death are a part of the cycle of life.
The goose cutout are very cute. Maybe I’ll get some to put near my pond.
You put in words what I was thinking, CJ. Here by the sea, we often come across the results of the unseen dramas that play out in or near the ocean.
And yes, the geese looked great with those red bows.
Happy New Year!
When we’re connected to nature, those unseen dramas seem more numerous. It always makes me sad, especially when it seems so senseless. I come across several animals each time I’m out that have been hit by automobiles. Of course, it must be “safety first,” but it still makes me sad.
We used to have a few geese at our pond, which is shared with a neighbor, btw. Unfortunately, due to some bad neighborhood kids, the geese no longer visit our pond. (Neither do the kids. I put a stop to that!)
Happy New Year to you, too, dirtynailz…and herbdoc, too. Here’s hoping 2012 feels “kinder” than 2011 has.
How I wish we could just leave it all be… the birds, the animals, and the land.
Little by little, the days are now getting longer. This will be quite noticeable by the end of January, and then before long the renewal will begin.
Happy New Year and all the best for 2012.
Thanks for the good wishes, CJ and a very happy and healthy 2012 to all! If the amount of seed catalogs arriving on my doorstep is any indication, spring is not far away! In the meantime I hope everyone takes the time to enjoy every day that is given; each one is a gift!
All the best to you, Kathy. I hear you about the seed catalogs. It seems I am getting even more this year. Don’t know how I’m going to get through them all…..