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.
Walking through a garden, a wooded area or a park offers those who seek out vignettes of the natural world numerous opportunities. An opportunity arose just behind my home by a downspout water garden. The Green frog who has made this water garden home took a the opportunity to bask in the sun in a most unusual way. Enjoy!
There is a beauty and tranquility that gardeners aspire to create in their garden spaces.
What we sometimes seem to forget is that before we began to move’ dig or change the landscape there were creatures who inhabited the space before us.
In order to create a space rich in energy and in balance with our Mother,
We must honor those who live near and beneath our feet.
I have come to understand these creatures and do not seek to harm them in any way.
First and foremost it’s important to know these amazing reptiles, amphibians and insects are not poisonous, they do not seek me out to harm me.
Instead we have a symbiotic relationship.
I create garden spaces and they take care of things that seek to harm it.
For those who garden in areas where creatures live that may do the gardener harm, care is of utmost importance. But if like myself you are fortunate to live in an area free of harm, enjoy and honor those who share your garden space!
One of the 4 key components of a Backyard Wildlife Habitat is water with the other 3 being food, cover and places to raise young. Providing water can be as simple as placing a bird bath in the garden or as complicated as installing a pond.
I have provided a bird bath, installed a small, molded pond as well as creating downspout watering holes.
At every water source animals who share this space come to drink, sun themselves and play.
To help the smallest creatures who frequent the ponds, I’ve provided a way to enter and exit the water. Even amphibians and insects could drown without an exit strategy.
Providing water not only helps those who share this space called a garden, it also provides a place of harmony,