It’s the first of the month, my chosen time to celebrate wildlife and I almost missed the date. The garden and greater outdoors remain a balm for me, a place to feel calm and to escape the world’s problems. My own life has been a bit rocky and definitely busy these past weeks. The Hub had surgery–something we knew was necessary. There have been some set backs, but we’re feeling positive that he’s on a road to recovery. Thankfully, he was able to get in, get it done, and get home in between the initial onslaught of the Covid-19 craziness and the Covid-19 tsunami that is now engulfing Texas. Crap leadership, or really no leadership, at both the national and state levels have rendered this land crippled in ways that I can hardly comprehend.
Not to go all-in on a geek-out, but there’s a conversation in The Lord of the Rings where Frodo and Gandalf are discussing their particular situation in Middle Earth and I’m feeling some camaraderie with their sentiments:
Frodo:I wish the ring had never come to me, I wish none of this had happened. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times but that is not for them to decide, All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
Frodo might have had orcs, trolls and an evil eye to overcome, but we have our own bad actors and evil-doers who are in great need of vanquishing. It’s time to decide what we’ll do with our time and situation, and so, like many before us, it’s shoulders’ squared and forward march into a better world. We’ll add some masks to that and a change of leadership to something resembling competence, and maybe we’ll get through this crisis.
For the time being, I’ll share this bit of wildlife joy from a recent early morning stroll in my garden. This female/juvenile male Black-chinned Hummingbird, Archilochus alexandri, enjoyed breakfast at a Red yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora, as I watched nearby.
I didn’t even see the winged wonder at first, but it wasn’t particularly shy, spending several minutes at the flowers, just feet away from me.
I see hummingbirds almost daily in my garden and they always bring great joy to me as they go about their lives.
Go out in the garden–it’ll make you feel better. Happy wildlife gardening–stay safe and be well!