Cranes lead an amazing life. They sleep on water, glide on air, and feed from the earth. Mai and I made our holidays a New Mexico stay-cation. We visited our feathery friends down south.
My cell phone is at its limits trying to capture the majesty of these birds. Mai took photos with her Nikon, and when she releases those, I can do a blog post with better imagery. But I just had to put these up since these trips to spend time with birds bring such serenity and excitement. Or as John Muir said, breaking clear away and spending time in Nature will “wash your spirit clean.” Most of the birds pictured are snow geese, just because they are easier to photograph. Cranes are more fun to watch, though. They feed, dance, and play all day. They talk a lot, too.
We live in a time where it is important to dream ecodreams. Visions of humans as a part of a world where all life flourishes. Wildlife reminds me of the equivalency of all times. Our life would be much poorer if we loose it. Future generations will judge us by our actions on this most important issue of our times, conserving land and biodiversity, the source of all wealth.
It is touching to see so many birds thriving. People giggle with laughter standing witness to so many birds in action. Managing the wetlands for harmonious relations between humans and other wildlife is a good example of Aldo Leopold’s principle of a land ethic, where “a thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.”
We when drove down at predawn, we watched an almost new moon with just a sliver of edgy light rise slowly up above the Manzanos to the east. The black disk shadowing earth’s orbiting companion. There is a splendor to this time of day, greeting sunrise with the birds. Although it is nothing but common, there is kind a momentary glory that hitches itself to your life. When people come into contact with healthy nature and we receive it with impressionable senses, we are sowing the seeds for a brighter future, where our hearts are fresh, energetic, and true.