LOOK DEEP INTO
AND THEN YOU WILL
~~~~ Albert Einstein
Often times while rushing through the day and marking off one task after another, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. For a moment... because these are the things I must do, the errands, the shopping the other obligations of everyday life. Then I think about the things I really love to do, like meeting a friend for lunch, or just sitting on my screened porch in the morning with a cup of coffee and listening to the birds sing.
I have always been a good observer, especially in the garden. I am not a fidgety type of person, I can sit for quite awhile and observe how the bees move in the garden or how the mamma wood duck looks around for predators (for about 15 minutes) before she signals the all clear for her ducklings to jump from the nest box.
Sometimes we do not have the luxury of taking the time to be observers. In this day and age, it seems people are too busy when they are out and about, listening to their iPod or iPhone to pay attention to what is going on around them. I often walk in a large park and wonder why anyone would want to have their ears plugged listening to music, when nature's music is all around them. You know I love music, but everything has a proper time and place!
Sometimes when you are trying to accomplish one task, like getting some nice photos of the setting sun on your roses, you find out that there is something else very interesting right in front of you.
That something interesting could be how the light hits the buttercup flowers in just the right way. Or maybe you see an incredible iridescent bug like the one below.
I looked up the information on this little critter and it is a Six Spotted Tiger Beetle, they grow to about 1/2 inch long and eat ants and other small insects. They also will bite a person if you pick them up and mess with them. It had no objection to being photographed though.
|Six Spotted Tiger Beetle|
If you are lucky, you may get the opportunity to observe some wildlife that seems as curious about you as you are about them! Sometimes being observant pays off.
This cute mamma raccoon is in five of the pictures above, did you find her in all of them? Shortly after I took these photos and went back inside, two baby raccoons came climbing down the tree. The mamma raccoon had brought them to eat under our bird feeder. Unfortunately I never got any good pictures of them.
I hope you all have a few moments this week to be a nature observer yourself!