Another extended period of time without writing anything substantial. Unless tweets about sports teams can be categorized as substantial writing efforts. Spring was an interesting period of time. As each season moves on towards the next, life moves on continually, unpredictably. I always thought that you have to do something spectacular to make life worth living. Yet I just read that living every day life fully is a spectacle in itself. There is a great movie that explores this theme – “About Time”, which stars the great young actor, Domhnall Gleeson and the endearing Rachel McAdams. The final lesson of this time travel movie? There is no reason to relive anything. Living each moment as if it is the final moment in your life makes each moment special.
Life is a series of moments, each one special. Each one a gift from the Creator.
What does this have to do with the title of this post? Well, as I have gotten older, I have diverged even more from the things that I thought I’d be doing in my youth. I was and always will be a nerd of some sort. A science nerd. An astronomy nerd. A computer nerd. A camera nerd. But heck, I did not think that I’d ever take up the hobby of birding. Or more specifically, taking pictures of birds and other flying (identifiable) objects. And yet. What a great way to spend time in the middle of the craziness that is our everyday life. A moment, or two, in a peaceful walk. By the trees, by the river, by the trails. So here is a short video of a morning walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, Virginia. It’s by the George Washington Parkway, south of Alexandria, on the way to Mount Vernon.
I drove up on a Saturday morning to look for herons, egrets, and all the things that ebird.org said I would be able to find. I have to say this. A novice birder (me) has a lot of learning to do. I found ducks, a bird grooming itself, leaves in the water, boaters, flowers – where were the herons, egrets and eagles? Still, there is beauty in everything. The world can be a wonderful place. Nature is All Around You! Take it in.