Thursday, October 16, 2014
Fall in the Woods
Last week, I wrote a little about my thoughts on the difference between rhythm and schedule. The post focused more so on our daily rhythm, but I briefly mentioned that we also have a weekly, monthly and yearly rhythm. It is all of these rhythms together that create the foundation by which we live. Within our weekly rhythm we have a dedicated day for nature adventures. We do spend time in nature every day, but on nature adventure day we meet some friends, pack some snacks, and head off to explore for a few hours together. Nature adventure day is Wednesday.
Yesterday, for various reasons, all of our friends had to cancel on us. We woke up to a rainy, grey and damp day, and if I am being honest, curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea, and my little man snuggled next to me while we read On the Banks of Plum Creek was sounding like a great way to spend the day. But, he knew it was nature adventure day. He wanted to get out there, and was ready to explore and see what he could find. So, I grabbed the backpack, filled it up with snacks and water, and we headed to one of our favourite spots to feed our feathered friends.
Mother Nature was one our side, as we drove, the rain stopped and we hit the trail with just the slightest drizzle coming down. We started out, birdseed in hand and were quickly bombarded by chickadees. I know I have shared many photos of us feeding the chickadees, but goodness, it is always so wonderful when they land in your hand to feed. It is pure magic every single time.
We fed the birds, we left seed in the feeders, and we explored a trail that was closed for most of the summer for upgrades. As we headed back to the car, a red tailed hawk swooped down right in front of us trying desperately to capture a black squirrel. It didn't succeed, but flew up to rest for a moment on the railing. We stood quietly, in awe of this beautiful bird. As he flew off, we looked over the water, and there in the distance a great blue heron, walking slowly in the water, searching for lunch.
Days in the woods like this one remind me just how absolutely amazing Mother Nature is, and how wonderful it is that I am fortunate enough to be able to share this all with Reece.
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