At first he was unseen. Blending in with berries and leaves. But as the lens came into focus so did he.
Allowing native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants to proliferate not only strengthens the web of life it is partnering with Gaia.
Adding additional food sources to the gardens helps to feed the creatures who share our space.
In eastern Pennsylvania October is the time to help gardens ready for the coming winter.
It is also a time to help the wildlife around us get ready for darker, colder days.
Due to their high metabolic rate birds in particular need high-energy foods, those high in calorie and fat content.
Juniper berries provide this important source of energy, containing 46% carbohydrate and 16% fat.
Sunflower seeds contain almost 30 percent fat as well as fiber, protein, calcium, B vitamins, iron potassium and vitamin E.
Sharing a space means becoming a caretaker. We are an important part of the web of life. At this moment in time we are the only ones who can completely destroy it or strengthen each strand.
All birds are majestic:
How can we look at something that flies above us and not be astounded by its ability to do something we cannot do naturally.
Astounded, perhaps mesmerized
How do they uplift those awkward bodies from the water and glide on the wind
I watch them swallow whole fish and gracefully return to a classic pose.
Another reason to love the unusual.
The Brown Pelican
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!