Life Changing Days – Nature


In the isolation of living in the middle of nowhere we were definitely taught to understand nature in a visual manner as well as learning the true meaning of nature. We were also a part of the whole laws of nature. We didn’t live in a concrete city and decide or think about what we should do or what nature was.  To think and ponder is fine, but do we really know if we are just guessing but don’t know the truth?

Recently I moved to a small town in the wilderness.  Maybe in the back of my mind I wanted to go back to nature, but my reality was that house prices were cheaper there.  I didn’t enjoy the experience like I thought I might.

January 31st - House and yard in winter

Our home in the winter

I soon discovered the majority of the people were determined to build a concrete – village. The deer took shelter in my huge yard, the bears enjoyed fruit trees and wandered around in the fall, scrounging for their winter supply of food.  Even dangerous mountain lions ventured into town upon occasion.  But that wasn’t what people wanted – living in the wilderness.  I had people complain about my neglected yard with its’ masses of pine trees.  I even had a guy come to the door and say he would cut down my trees before they died and fell, destroying something.

I merely pointed out that them trees would probably be alive long after we were gone.  But if any fell – it would be my house that was destroyed. So it shouldn’t concern others.

A Bear by the Apple Tree

This bear was enjoying the apples in my neighbor’s backyard. He stood and growled at us when we decided to take a picture – carefully, at the back door.

In town the deer were just other local residents.  They crossed streets, waiting for cars and even though a highway ran through town our deer never were hit.  It truly astounded me to hear most wanted to get rid of the deer – they were messy, they ate flowers, shrubs and trampled everything.  The bear were the same, but they were dangerous as well.  All I could think – if you wanted meticulous lawns, safe concrete sidewalks and no wildlife – why on earth would you live in this small wilderness town?  These are the people who would dictate how we are abusing nature?  Unfortunately, I could see very few signs of  anyone who truly understood nature.

mother deer and her baby

A mother deer kisses her baby beneath my trees. The deer use the trees for shelter when it’s storming and trample everything. But a sight like this is priceless. Flowers can be replaced.

I moved back to a concrete city I love, the place where family and friends are easily available.  But in this concrete city it’s very easy to drive outside and experience nature again.  But if you live in a concrete city – you really don’t know or understand nature because you are never shown and might be better off to leave it to actual people who do. And be wary of those who might not tell the truth.

On the farm we learned to understand and respect nature.  But reality was that if they encroached on our territory (we being part of nature too) – we took the necessary steps to prevent it.  We couldn’t allow the grasshoppers to eat our crops. City dwellers especially have to appreciate a farmer having his crops produce in abundance.  Without that there is no food in grocery stores.  We couldn’t allow the masses of gophers to eat all our crops either. We couldn’t allow weasels or fox to get into our chicken barn and eat our chickens.

It was just a simple matter of understanding the laws of nature. Can anyone living in a city and only visiting nature sometimes think they know?  Do they get their knowledge from opinions in books and can you truly understand if you don’t experience it first-hand?

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4 thoughts on “Life Changing Days – Nature

  1. What a thoughtful piece, Mary. And i love the photos. I have to confess I’m a city dweller. I love nature, but from a safe distance – I don’t know what I would do if I saw a bear – but that’s probably because I was born and raised in a city in a country where there is no wildlife that can kill you. Still, even I get annoyed when people move out to the country and then try to change it to make it more like ‘where they came from’ back in town.

    • Thanks. Yes – bears can be scary – but we knew they would be roaming around in the fall looking for food. If you had fruit trees of any sort – you really had to be cautious. My neighbor called me one day and said – if you go out – makes lots of noise – ’cause there is a bear beside your truck. I wasn’t planning on going out but it’s kinda scary. Normally they don’t like us at all – but they are dangerous. I was so annoyed – because they were going to town council and demanding they get rid of the deer. Well I agree – conservation officers can tranquilize and take bears back up into the mountains – the deer weren’t hurting anything besides some flowers. The whole time I lived on the farm – I saw lots of bears – but none ever came into our yard.

  2. I was raised in London but my father grew up in Ireland, living off the land, foraging for food. He knew what berries to eat, when the nuts were good and how to catch a rabbit with only a piece of wire, in short, he understood nature. These were skills he acquired out of necessity. If he didn’t find food he didn’t eat.
    It’s not well known but in London there are fields and woods called commons. These were lands where the common folk (such as myself) could take their animals to feed. So if you lived five hundred years ago and owned a cow and two goats you would take them to the common everyday to graze. I grew up roaming these commons and woods learning from my father about the cycles of nature. Now, I consider myself a city girl but I like to think I have a healthy respect for the natural world.

    • I understand because I’m a city girl now too and have been for a while mainly. But like you – I can remember my past too. We have ‘government pastures’ here too but they are mainly used for the ranchers to raise the cattle – free range – for city folk to eat too. If we work together we can live in harmony with nature, I agree.

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