Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.
Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.
Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.
While in Savannah, Georgia last month for business, we had a short break in the meetings so I took a short walk along the canal bordering the hotel. And not more than 30 feet from me was this lurking American Alligator!
He was a decent sized one - I'd say 5-6 feet long.
Don't think I didn't make sure I could make a quick exit in case he thought I looked good for lunch!
Red Admiral butterflies were plentiful in my yard today, enjoying the bright sunshine and spring blooms. They visited the plum tree and rhododendren bush that are just beginning to pop, but those flowers were far less popular than the nanking cherry (which is in full bloom but losing petals fast).
They put on quite a show, but what I enjoyed most was seeing Red Admirals sharing the flowers with the bees.