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  Island in the Sky
by Mr. Ed
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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“There is nothing in which birds differ more from man

Than the way in which they can build,

And yet leave a landscape as it was before.”


Robert Lynd







I know a sky island

That is Heaven on Earth

It’s a sanctuary above the desert

Filled with wonderment and mirth


It’s a place called Madera Canyon

In the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson

And it’s filled with over 200 species of birds

An exotic natural paradise of which I’m quite fond


Sixteen species of delightful hummingbirds are here

As well as hawks owls jays flycatchers and desert wrens

And a most intriguing bird from Mexico – the Elegant Trogan

Which makes an arduous 2,500 mile journey here again and again


I’ve journeyed to magnificent Madera Canyon many times in my life

Last year for the very first time I introduced this heaven to my lovely wife

And this bird watching paradise inspired me to write a book for young boys

A tale filled with birds a ghost a boy his loyal wolf dog and many of nature’s joys





If you have any nature loving young readers in your family aged 8-11,

Please check out my middle reader novel about this bird watcher’s heaven.


- Mystery of Madera Canyon -


And if you are searching for a little piece of Heaven on Earth,

You may want to plan a vacation trip to this Lovely Land of Mirth;


But you better hurry since today we pave them over as if they have no worth,

And very sadly to me, far too many of them have now vanished since my birth.


Birds in Photo Clockwise from Lower Left:


A Mexican Jay,

A female and male Elegant Trogan,

Rufous Hummingbird,

Broad-billed Hummingbird, Flycatcher,

Violet-Crowned Hummingbird, Screech Owl,

And the ever lovable Roadrunner – Beep, Beep!



“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer,

It sings because it has a song.”


Chinese Proverb






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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/4/2005
nicely done
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 4/4/2005
A wonderful write for our winged friends.

Soar high
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 4/3/2005
Ed, This is wonderful and the book I'm sure I would enjoy but have a nephew in that age group --I think he is (They grow up too fast) I quit growing up when I was 8.
This is only a 150 miles or so away from me. I'm going to get there Thanks so much. I need the peace of nature.
Printing this out so when I see those birds I can baffle all with my brillance! Thank you so much but...
The Beautiful Couple of love birds in the middle of the picture You forgot to put those down. (c:)
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 4/3/2005
I'm still a kid at heart, and loved your book "Madera Canyon,"
Eddie. I hope it sells thousands!
Your poem, above, is lovely as well. My personal "island sanctuary" is my back yard garden and wilderness area. Everything from tree frogs to Eagles and bears. I live in a veritable Eden!
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 4/3/2005

Masterfully created and exceptionally penned, "Island in the Sky" is an exacting tribute to our feathered-friends!! Wonderful!!


Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 4/3/2005
So pretty and peaceful. Thanks for the reprieve
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/3/2005

Beautiful ode to the masters of flight--enjoyed this one,

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 4/3/2005
Wonderful sharing of information :-)
Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/3/2005
Birds! The inhabitants of heaven. Intelligent and beautiful. I have never visited this sanctuary, but I hope to. Katy has an idea Ed! Start on a public access station, you might get picked up(stop it, E.M.). You'd be a hit. Beauty of a write...thank you.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/3/2005
I have to agree with Lady A here, but instead of being named Adam, I think EVE would be more appropriate...ed
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/3/2005
I love your nature writes Ed, and you know I love birds I think they are as intelligent as humans, and maybe more so;-) This is a place I should plan to visit. Your book sounds great, I'll check it out! All the best with it,you are a joy to read!Thanks for the info too!

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/3/2005
I go through about 120 lbs. of birdseed each month, and am rewarded with the most beautiful orchestrated songs from the birds; even the coo, coo, coo of dove and pigeons are music to my ears :o)
Your verse points out what beauty we may be destroying every day. Again, Thanks, Ed, for bring more awareness of this plight.

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/3/2005
Great nature trip, Ed. Wish I could get there.

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/3/2005
HUH, but I see your wife has dumped you, for Paul Newman...
Katy has a valid point there. About Sir David....
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 4/3/2005
You know something, Little Polish Eddie K, my dear...

You've missed your calling, as they say. I'm thinking of our mutually loved David Attenborough. With your crackling wit, your love of words and your vast knowledge and love for all non-human creatures, not to mention nature, itself, you ought to be filming, narrating and bringing your joys and info to the mases. I think Sir David would be most impressed... and you WOULD make a difference. I just know it! (gorgeous picture!... who's the cute guy? hehe) katy xox
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 4/3/2005
My dreams are giving me wings and their song is humming sweetly in me... so now, I need to join them where this beautiful piece has taken them: Madera Canyon! :0)
Reviewed by George Jackson 4/3/2005
I'd like to go there, some time or other. Great write.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/3/2005
Sounds heavenly to me!!

Thanks for sharing Ed!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/3/2005
Sounds wonderful to me as is this lovely poem reminding us of the fragility of our wild life.
Reviewed by jude forese 4/3/2005
a beautiful sojourn into the wonder of nature ...
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 4/3/2005
Oh, I have to go there ... I love hummingbirds!

Love & Light,
Reviewed by A PAX 4/3/2005
It sounds wonderful ED
I am in awe of
your respect, adirmation, and enthuism for nature
You should have been named Adam :)

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Where The Redwing Sings

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Gold River Canyon

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