What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected. - Chief Seattle

This is the place to continue your journey with me to help you realize how every aspect of nature is an integral part of your life.

 

What Next?

April 18, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

What Next?What Next?

 

After a rapid drop in temperature combined with gusty winds, the wind chill factors ranged from -15 to -20 degrees.  Needless to say it was COLD!

When the temperature rose to the teens, the snowfall began making for a a barren landscape for the birds and making it more difficult to access food sources.  

After shoveling a path on the deck and preparing a small sheltered feeding full of Safflower seed, we have been blessed with a variety of birds refueling to stay warm and energized.

 


Open Wide

March 01, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Open WideOpen Wide

 

After a successful catch, this brown pelican was working hard to get it through its gular pouch.

 

Look closely and you can see the outline of the fish near the bottom of the pouch.

 


In the Snow

February 27, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

In the SnowIn the Snow

 

While I have no love of snow and freezing temperatures, I must admit that it provides a great backdrop for some bird photography.  This male cardinal is a great subject to show off against the white background.

Must admit, however, That I took this through the window as I was not as brave as the bird in facing the elements.

 


Easy Pickin's

February 26, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Easy Pickin'sEasy Pickin's

 

Red-bellied woodpeckers are pretty common here in Southeast Michigan.  They inhabit a variety of wooded areas including forests and wetlands.

They are attracted to feeders with suet and seeds which gives us the opportunity to see them up close.

 


Many Facets of Bathing

February 23, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Many Facets of BathingMany Facets of Bathing

 

Of the various rituals that swans engage in, bathing serves several purposes:

- Feather maintenance

-Social bonding as the pen and cob often bathe together

-Territorial Marking which they accomplish through displays of splashing and sound/vocalization.

As they perform this ritual several times a day, it provides us with the opportunity to observe their elegant and graceful movements while in the water.