It has been a very busy spring and getting everything planted by hand has been a challenge. Although tending to the chores alone is demanding, it is not without benefits. I never know what I will see from day to day. Being outside with my hands and feet in the soil is like having a front row orchestra seat for Nature and all the critters that have a role in it .
One day a mother black bear came to watch me plant corn while her cubs watched from the safety of a near by Red Oak. Another day I watched as Goldfinches. Bluebirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, Purple Martins, Barn Swallows and a Scarlet Tananger fluttered and flew about all around me. It was quite a colorful aerial display. That day I also had the opportunity to watch a pair of Baltimore Orioles. The female was collecting last years pole bean vines for her nest while the male perched on a fence post and watched me. Foxes, Red Tailed and Sharp Shinned Hawks keep the rabbit, woodchuck, vole, and gopher population in check and the toads, bullfrogs, canadian geese, mallards and herons keep the wetlands melodic.
Everyday at work I see and hear Nature and even though the mercury hits 95 and I am hand tilling an acre worth of weeds, I am smiling. I am smiling because I am in awe and at the same time I feel like an essential part of the greatest show on earth.