GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE -- Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson
Wood can look like rocks. Rocks can look like wood. Seaweed and kelp can look like ropes, or ribbon, string, or thread and sometimes old hoses. As it dries it can look like wood or leather. Old, rusty iron gets carved and cut by the sea and sand to resemble rocks. Each day is different as the tides come and go washing in and washing away what the water carries in and out.
This little songbird frequents the tree next to my deck. He is so fast that it takes much patience, and many shots to capture him clearly without leaves in the way or being out of focus. Their short beaks make them able to pluck tiny insects from trees quite adeptly.
Ohh .. such a lovely bird. This little guy hit my window on a departure flight and I'm trying to save him. I think he might have too severely injured his neck though. I have him in a cloth, resting. He can only flap one wing and doesn't seem able to hold his head up. It's so sad.
UPDATE OCT 28, 2018. I called the water taxi I use and the owner readily agreed to take the bird from my island to Anacortes. He would even have driven the bird to his next destination, but another volunteer agreed to pick him up at the harbor and deliver the bird to another volunteer who will escort the bird on a ferry to Friday Harbor. Since 9/11, only officially recognized volunteers can make arrangements with other people boarding a ferry to find someone who will officially travel with the "package". From there, another volunteer meets the ferry and gets the bird to the rehab specialist. The little bird's neck is injured. He can't hold his head upright much. He made it overnight, but still not ready to live on his own. He took some water. I was told with this type of bird, an unknowing person could drown him trying to give him water. His throat doesn't close off when he's had enough. It's better to put a lid of water next to him and let him go to the water.
I hope he gets a second chance at life. Fingers crossed.
I got word that this little guy didn't make it. He died on the boat ride to Anacortes. So sad.
A cousin of mine makes dream catchers and she calls
these webs the Original Dream Catcher. How perfect!
I love discovering life forms I've never seen before. This was along the shore today. I had no idea what it was until a friend sent me info on it. It's a land snail called ariolimax columbianus. "Lives in damp, wooded areas; native; second largest land slug in the world."
As I was leaving the unknown creature (I learned about him after I posted this blog), I was half talking to myself about the wonders of the world and thinking about how exploring nature feels like a huge art museum or art gallery sometimes. There are so many colors, textures, shapes, shades of light and varying hues, all mixed together into a giant art installation. I was marveling at small things like the way a piece of drift wood looks against colored rocks with fall leaves sprinkled about like a sweet desert topping. It continually leaves me in awe. As I was deep in thoughts of appreciation for what I was seeing below my feet, I had not noticed the birds that were right in front of me! Lined up along the shore were these beautiful creatures who had let me get right up to them. I'd followed them when I first got to the shore. They were diving for food and swimming slowly, so that we kept almost even paced. I'd left them to go photograph a fishing heron and had been preoccupied up until that moment. Then suddenly, there they were and there I was. What a treat to have them so close to photograph.
I've spent hours with herons while they fished, but today I heard a sound from this heron that I'd never heard before. It made the sound after she dived into the water for a fish and then made it again when she flew from one rock to another rock. It was loud. I'm trying to think of a word to describe it. If honking had different tones, maybe something like that. Another first!
Below is a closer view of the one above. I don't know what this bird is.
It's another first for me!I think it might be a breeding Marble Murrelet.
I am loving life on an island.
The company I use for this website is Weebly and for some unknown reason random photos of mine appear throughout my postings unrelated to what I uploaded. If a fox appears on a blog about a moose or some other animal or photo unrelated to the blog, you'll know why! It's unfixable.