Native Forest

20 05 2016

The song of the Red-eyed Vireo filled the air as the sun danced on new leaves rustling in the breeze. Periodically the rhythmic notes of a Black-throated Green Warbler punctuated the Vireo’s relentless “Here I am, Over Here, In a Tree, Look at me… ” Other warblers like the Black-throated Blue and American Redstart also piped up from time to time and off in the distance a Scarlet Tanager sang his raspy robin-like melody.

With my camera and/or binoculars trained on the tree tops I struggled to catch a glimpse of some of the more elusive warblers as their more curious cousins came in to see who the new gal was in their neighborhood. It was thrilling to be in the forest, surrounded by the sights, sounds, and smells of wild, untamed life. After a time I switched my lens and my attention to the plants as the bird songs faded into the background with the rustling of the leaves. I blinked in amazement when I looked down for the first time and discovered that I was surrounded by many of the crown jewels of the deciduous forest.

Days like yesterday are essential for my being. In those stolen moments I found peace, connection, nourishment, and love. I reunited with the forest, sending out roots through my toes that dug deep into the soil and stretching my arms high to embrace the sun and wind. Every particle of my being danced with my brothers and sisters to a rhythm created by our ancestors and we were in harmony.

(Note: Click on the images of the birds and plants for common name identification.)

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