When William Shakespeare said “The Eyes are the window to your soul, he was no doubt talking about the human soul. To equate a soul to an animal can become quite a contentious debate. Having spent my adult life in stewardship to our Mother Earth I absolutely believe all her children have souls. When I look into their eyes I see their connection to the earth, an understanding of this place they call home. Their connection is often deeper than ours. They are part of a web many of us have turned away from. Take a moment and try to connect as they do.
Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids and birds all live within the balance of the web of life.
When human kind enters and tries to control and change their environment to suit their needs the interconnectedness of the web is destroyed. Non-native species may enter, an imbalance of natives may occur. If we focus on the interconnectedness and provide the essentials needed for those who live here, food, water, cover and places to raise young, we can restore the balance.
During daily excursions into the gardens I am greeted by those with whom I share this space.
Guarded but not afraid, they allow me to be the caretaker for this moment in time.
As my reward they tolerate a close encounter.
Their likeness forever captured.
I encourage you to go out into your shared space and photograph the creatures you encounter!
1998 – I measured, researched, weeded and planted. Then I submitted a blueprint to have my original property certified as A Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. A storm moved through, all was washed away and we moved on.
2012 – I went online, clicked on the site, answered questions and my new property was certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
The first certification was difficult but an amazing learning experience. The second much easier and allows for the inclusion of many more properties. In both cases I needed to provide four basic elements for wildlife: food, water, cover and places to raise young.
Sunflowers not only provide a warm palette for garden design, they also provide food for a variety of wildlife.
Whether planted by birds or squirrels of intentionally planted by the gardener, sunflowers add multiply dimensions to any garden.