Saturday, May 29, 2010
With the monumental man-made oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico right now, I purposely avoid looking at the heartbreaking pictures of the affected wildlife. It's just waaaaay too much to stomach. And then this placid mourning dove sits there on my patio and it's impossible to ignore.
It reminds me the time a few years ago when an opossum felt compelled to curl up in our planter bed and live out it's last day right in front of our eyes. Of all the places, it chose a spot right in front of our door. I knew something was wrong for it to be out during the daytime and just look up at me without flinching when I took it's picture. It didn't look injured, more like wanting to rest in peace.
nature center for a walk and live animal presentation. This is our much loved little gem just outside of the city - an easy escape into nature and wildlife. Here, they feature animals, birds, and reptiles that would otherwise not survive in nature. They are all rescued and are well taken care of and in turn, used to teach the public about their awesomeness. I always learn something new, and the kids have a blast. It's not every day you get up close to a magnificent Great Horned Owl.
It felt comforting to see such good being done on a bigger scale that I'm not able to do myself in my own little backyard. These amazing creatures get a second chance thanks to loving caretakers and generous supporters. Seeing all that good was a beautiful thing...and I feel much better now.
Posted by Daria