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I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
I have spent hours on our lake waters the past three years…and each year I am amazed by the changes of the landscape and the wildlife that find a home within. However…. …Where are all the ducks, geese, small wading birds and muskrat??? Why would there be many one year and almost none the next???
The only thing that comes to mind is the differing water levels each year. This year the lake water were extremely high…and moving too fast….could that be the reason???
Was there no place for nesting to take place?? I miss watching the young grow up…and looking forward to finding them each time I visit the lake.
However…the Turtles…the beautiful painted turtles seem to be a constant in the landscape…everyday around 10 am.
I love to float beside them …near the reeds…as they hug a piece of driftwood and raise the heads toward the sun in unison, is always a special moment.
Yes…I am missing something this summer…. the creatures …however…I have spent more time observing the trees and the plants as they grow and change during the summer…more than ever before. I have observed the changing of the shores…how the rain , sun and wind affect the growth, in and around the waters edge… how the water surface explodes some days with new growth…and how it can visually change from being glasslike in one spot yet choppy with waves in another.
Ahhhh…change. Mother Nature seems to embrace it and accept the consequences .
Now…if only I could be as flexible as she.
- Turtles Flourishing in Golf Course Ponds (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- Native turtles drowning in nets set in lakes and the Canning River (abc.net.au)