I was so charmed by this little guy when he came and perched right outside my window that I had to grab a pen and sketch him for a painting. A bird in a garden perfectly captures for me what we humans can achieve, if we reach for it. A garden is a human environment, but if we do it right, it can exist right along with the natural world. It can be a place where wild creatures feel safe and welcome.
Speaking of birds, I did see white pelicans yesterday. Every spring they come through but I haven’t been able to find them. They are HUGE! I saw them there, floating along with a raft of gulls, and they dwarfed the gulls. Even so, my camera couldn’t bring them into focus as the distance was just too great. I’m going to try again today. It baffles me that they always return to the same couple of lakes, and never seem to be in perfectly wonderful lakes less than a mile away. I’d love to get a good photo of them. They are magnificent in their gleaming white finery, wings edged with black. And those bills!