Here’s a little essay about a little bird.
The original master carpenterRaw materials of sticks and mudWoven dams and all-season lodgesShe swims silently to and fro accumulatingA cache of tree tops for winter’s approachIgnoring my observing eyesUntil I come just a little too closeThen…THWACK!Her mighty tail crashes down on the water’s surfaceAnd she is gone and all around are warned
This week’s essay is about the bald eagle. In it I tell the story of my first close encounter with the cabin eagles and the manne rin which it humbled and amazed me. Many non-native people have often said of the eagle, “If I had a spirit animal…” If you’ve said that about the eagleContinue reading “Within These Woods: Bald Eagle”
This week’s essay is about the ruby-throated hummingbird. This tiny little mammalian bitterfly of a bird is surprisingly territorial and aggressive and capably of traversing the Gulf of Mexico during migration.
This demure little flower leads to thoughts about our relationships with our children, the natural world, and what it means to care for someone.
This is my favorite selection from the book.
This week’s essay explores concepts of patience, the odyssey of evolution, and our kinship with other species while I take a morning walk with a taunting songbird. “The odyssey of evolution is frenzied at times, but is afforded the luxury of eternity to conduct trial and error.”
In which we learn about the red-eyed vireo and the power of optimism. It’s a short little essay, but I think an important one. Please consider sharing this essay, and series, with others. Many thanks.
This week’s essay is a short one, at just 5 minutes, but an important one. This is the first one I wrote for the book (not knowing it at the time). It began with the drawing. Then the poem, which revelaed to me that there was a lesson to be learned from this little flower.Continue reading “Within These Woods: Large-Leafed Trillium”