Don’t these flying geese look funny from the front!
Graylag Goose (I think)
There are some female hooded mergansers above, a first sighting for me.
See that duck at the front of this shot with the half brown head. What is that? A gadwall?
My sweet girl did lots of hill running while I scoped out the birds today, and then she wanted to sit awhile and draw the gulls. Seeing her find such joy in the outdoors did me good. This morning she asked for a cell phone so she could text her friends, and my husband and I don’t even have cell phones. Because of this, I fretted that we must be doing something wrong, and with work being so demanding, I’ve not been able to get her into nature in the way I’d always envisioned myself doing. Our life is not as simple as I’d hoped, and our yard is not full of chickens and goats.
Making do is what we have to do these days, and so finding time for short, local outings has had to suffice. I must say though we had an amazing time together today. Recently, at a yoga workshop in town, ashtanga teacher Eddie Stern spoke on the importance of small actions. Just the tiniest pebble under the leg of a chair can throw it off balance, and getting rid of that one small stone can steady everything again, he reminded us. Or stepping back from the internet the final hour of the day to read a book could actually be life-changing. Accepting ordinary days and being happy with nearby nature in the afternoon instead of long, all day hikes or day trips to new places has been enough for me lately. In fact, it’s been more than enough.
See the white-backed ducks with the brown heads at the top of this really poor shot? I am pretty sure those may be canvasbacks. Lots of first sightings of some ordinary ducks today!
“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.”
― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder