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Metaphors of Life Journal: In the Embrace of Mother Nature
5/1/2011 10:36:50 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

Moving from impatience to serenity through the gently promptings of Mother Nature.

 

SONGS OF NATURE

Moments That Give Pause:

In the Embrace of Mother Nature

 

Hmmm, how would I survive without those moments to give pause that Mother Nature so lovingly bestows upon me?

 

Saturday morning. I’m up early anxious to cash in on a rare warm and sun bleached day in a rather dismal April. A promising day of bird watching is ahead of me. My passion and my primal stress reliever.

 

But I have not yet shed the baggage of the work week. Impatience festers beneath the surface. Every small delay winds me up a bit more. Not the start I want to this coveted and self-indulgent day.

 

I arrive at the first of several birding hotspots I plan to visit. To my chagrin, fifteen or twenty cars are already parked there. A noisy crowd is most definitely not what I seek. I almost take a pass on this woodlot. Thankfully, intuition tells me not to do so.

 

I bird the woods with impatience steering clear of the talkative group of birders that grates on my nerves. Good birding but not great. I cross the narrow, dead-end road to the adjacent field of scrub bushes which always seems to hold something special for me. Mother Nature is waiting with the first moment to give pause of the day.

 

A tail bobbing Palm Warbler – a particularly brilliantly coloured specimen – pops out of a bush onto the ground. It poses there, just for me, displaying its golden yellow breast and jaunty brown cap. And, lest I miss it, flips its tail to reveal its golden rump.

 

I take a deep breath. A chunk of the week’s baggage sloughs off me.

 

On to the next stop – one of my very favourite birding locales. My game plan there is well established. First stop: the cut grass trail along the flowering bushes near the parking lot. Here, the next moment to give pause awaits.

 

A bubbling string of varied calls signals the first mimic Catbird of the spring. Catbirds do not boast much in the way of colour. But their slim, slate gray body and black cap are quite regal nonetheless. And again, lest I miss it, it turns its back to me and flips its tail to reveal chestnut undertail coverts.

 

Another deep breath. Another layer of impatience dissolves.

 

Down the gravel trail towards the pond. A flash of rufous brown. And another. A pair of Brown Thrashers. I creep forward to catch one rather uncharacteristically posed at the top of small pine. Showing off its rich brown jacket, elongated tail and curved bill. It flushes and drops down into the weeds.

 

I look sideways. A Sharp-shinned Hawk is poised in a small tree. Slim bodied, rounded wings, rusty-barred breast and hooked bill. A threat to the Thrasher but a joy to me.

 

Breath deeply again. The past week is slipping away.

 

Down through Cool Hollow to the marsh for the pièce de resistance.

 

A Green Heron, normally reclusive and hard to sight, flies into view and perches proudly on a fallen tree trunk. I creep closer to admire it. Thick, spear-like bill, chocolate brown neck with black border and glossy green back. And, oh yes, that piercing and self-possessed yellow eye that surveys the surroundings.

 

I breathe easy now. The week past is gone. Mother Nature’s living metaphors of serenity have redeemed me. The remainder of the day I can follow my heart’s whisperings. Giving pause where it is due and matching my pace to the rhythms of nature.

 

~ Michael Robert Dyet is the author of “Until the Deep Water Stills – An Internet-enhanced Novel” – double winner in the Reader Views Literary Awards 2009. Visit Michael’s website at www.mdyetmetaphor.com or the novel online companion at www.mdyetmetaphor.com/blog. Visit www.smashwords.com to download a free preview of the e-book version.

 

~ Follow Michael’s Metaphors of Life Journal aka Things That Make Me Go Hmmm regularly at this site. Categories: Shifting Winds, Sudden Light, Deep Dive, Songs of Nature, Random Acts of Metaphor. Originating at www.mdyetmetaphor.com/blog2 .

 

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• Metaphors of Life Journal: Pursuing the Intimate Stranger and Trading in Metaphors - Saturday, November 13, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: A Winter Egret at Mimico Creek - Sunday, November 07, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: A Severe Case of Modern Life - 15 Seconds to Meltdown - Sunday, October 31, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Cumulus Clouds and a Friday State of Mind - Saturday, October 23, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Cradled in the Half Moon of Thanksgiving - Saturday, October 16, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal - October Flocks of Geese - Sunday, October 10, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Trading in Our Nikes for Simon & Garfunkel - Saturday, October 02, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Facebook - 400 Million Threads in the Web of Life - Sunday, September 26, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Angelina Jolie, Alex Rodriguez and A Guy Named Guilluame - Saturday, September 18, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Autumn - Farewell and Fare Thee Well - Sunday, September 12, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: TWRAM Virus - AKA The Whine Flu - Sunday, September 05, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: A Sunburst of Birds - Sunday, August 29, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Mid August Evening Resolution - Joyful Surrender - Saturday, August 21, 2010
• Metaphors of Life: Looking Into the Eclipse - Saturday, August 14, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Be the Ripple - A Simple Act of Kindness - Sunday, August 08, 2010
• Random Act of Metaphor: The Mosaic Darner Conundrum - Friday, July 30, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Caught in the Spider Web of Circumstance - Saturday, July 24, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal - Pray for the Child Who Cries for Love - Sunday, July 11, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Emeralds of Wisdom from the Eye of the Dragon - Sunday, July 04, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal - The G20 Summit: Turn the Page Please - Saturday, June 26, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: When I Grow Old and Wear My Trousers Rolled - Monday, June 21, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Lessons Learned in an Evening By the Lake - Saturday, June 12, 2010
• SNEAK PEEK: "Until the Deep Water Stills" Online Companion - Sunday, June 06, 2010
• METAPHORS OF LIFE JOURNAL: Macs, Gretzky and van Gogh - Saturday, May 29, 2010
• METAPHORS OF LIFE JOURNAL: Music of the Woodland - Saturday, May 22, 2010
• RANDOM ACT OF METAPHOR: An American Bittern in the Weeds - Thursday, May 20, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal - Random Act of Metaphor - Live Oaks - Sunday, May 09, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Texas Postcards and the Heart's Desire - Sunday, May 02, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal - Facebook, Avatars and Fair-weather Friends - Thursday, April 22, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FORTUNE OR CHANCE - Saturday, April 17, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: THE LAST DAY, OUR LIVING LEGACY - Saturday, April 10, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: MOTHER EARTH - At the Mercy of Her Children - Saturday, April 03, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Cat's Rule! And, Oh Yeah, An Award - Saturday, March 27, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Wired, Tired and Over Inspired - Saturday, March 20, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Microwave Mystery - Saturday, March 13, 2010
• Reebok, Crosby and Joannie Rochette - Saturday, March 06, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Change Conspiracy - The Microsoft Effect - Saturday, February 27, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Winter Olympics 2010 - All the Right Reasons - Saturday, February 20, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Cool Hollow & Dragonfly Waltz - Saturday, February 13, 2010
• RANDOM ACT OF METAPHOR: A Phosphorescent Sunrise - Sunday, February 07, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Things That Go Bump in the Night - Tuesday, February 02, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: HAITI - 97 Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, January 27, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: The Cabinet Shuffle - Politics for Dummies - Thursday, January 21, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Blue Smoke, Black Ice and a Bucket List - Sunday, January 17, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Love, Marriage and the Madding Crowd - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Avatar - Profits or Prophets? - Sunday, January 03, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: I Am Canadian - Friday, January 01, 2010
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Dead Sea Scrolls - Tuesday, December 29, 2009
• Metaphors of Life Journal - A Christmas Wish - Tuesday, December 22, 2009
• Metaphors of Life Journal - River Reverie - Saturday, December 19, 2009
• Metaphors of Life Journal: Metaphors of the Wild - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Metaphors of Life Journal - Metaphors of Change - Sunday, December 13, 2009
• Metaphors of Life Journal - Metaphors of the Deep - Sunday, December 13, 2009
• Metaphors of Life Journal - Metaphors of Light - Sunday, December 13, 2009


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