Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those
which average eyes would see as fixed and still.
It is a delightfully warm and sunny day here on the Eastern Shore. I was going to bring you some images from Saturday’s boat tour, but it’s too pretty to pass up today’s offerings. We can revisit Saturday when the rains come later in the week.
I was sitting in the kitchen early this morning drawing my daily mandala when I heard flapping and then the noise of something walking on the roof. Izzy and Bella, the cats, jumped up from wherever they were napping and ran from window to window throughout the house, trying to see what was out there. I knew without looking, but I decided it was a sign that it was a fine time to go out for my walk — a call from nature — and while I was out there, I could see what was happening on the roof.
A kettle (a committee, a venue, a volt, a wake, a flock) of turkey vultures was partying up there, worshiping the sun from the looks of things. They didn’t stay long once I walked out the door, and the whooshing sound of all those big wings flapping in flight was pretty cool.
We don’t want the vultures hanging out on the roof. They make a mess of things and can damage the shingles. After shooing them away, I decided to walk out to the meadows to see what was happening out there. I tend to stay in the woods during the winter months, sheltering from the wind, but I didn’t need shelter today since it is so warm.
Remember that meadows are places of silent and soft growth. They trigger a softness in us, replenish hope. They can serve as a catalyst for recovering joy and fun.
~ Ted Andrews, Nature-Speak
There was a lovely breeze blowing through the meadows, soft and warm. The morning light was wonderful. Wispy clouds moved overhead, following the vultures to wherever they had gone.
Meadows and fields are places of renewal. Contact with them or images that capture our attention from this type of environment are important messages. They center around and trigger energies of balance, growth, abundance and fertility.
~ Ted Andrews, Nature-Speak
There were deer tracks on the trail, and I flushed out a few birds and rabbits. It felt and sounded like spring. Judging from all the singing going on, the birds must have been enjoying the morning as much as I was.
As you might recall, we are required by a conservation agreement to mow the meadows every three years. We had one-third of the meadows mowed last year (you can read about it here and here if you missed it and you’re interested), and had planned to do another third over the winter, but don’t want to have it done until someone has come out to inspect what was mowed last year. I don’t know what’s taking them so long to come have a look-see. The main thing is to make sure we pass whatever inspection we were told they would be instituting soon. I guess it’s not all that soon since no one has bothered to come out.
We don’t want to make the mistake of mowing in the spring again while the birds and bunnies are nesting, and after my walk today, I’m thinking we may have to put it off until next winter. I think spring is going to arrive early this year.
We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see if Punxsutawney Phil agrees with me.
That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this beautiful Monday. Thank you for stopping by and joining me on another meander. If the clouds don’t move in before sunset, I think I’ll head out to the Point to watch the show. Sunset is at 5:25 PM. If you’d like to join me, I’ll be out there about 15-20 minutes before that so I can take a stroll on the beach.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: A walk through the meadows; watching the turkey vultures glide and soar overhead; the golds and browns of the grasses and dried flowers in the meadows; cotton-tailed rabbits bounding across the trails; watching the play of light and shadows in the Mystery Woods; fish splashing around in the pond/lagoon.