A method I use to relieve stress is to watch birds and animals. From a hummingbird darting around my flowers to a baby robin who fell from the nest, I marvel at my experiences. I fed that baby robin (earthworms and ants) when he stayed beneath my verandah until he learned to fly. A few months later my son and I were sitting on the steps when a robin flew between us and stood there with no fear. I am sure it was my ‘baby’ robin.
I was amazed in the mountains when I saw the red and blue woodpeckers. Although we had woodpeckers around on the farm they were usually brown. One day, seated on my deck I felt the most wondrous feeling invade when a young woodpecker, just learning to fly, jumped on to my shoulder. Startling me, I turned my head and he immediately flew to the rail. Next time I will just stay still and look out of the corner of my eye.
Unfortunately the picture I managed to get doesn’t show the blue body as he was in the shade. He made me laugh and lightened my mood immediately.
In the summer I usually wake up to squirrels chattering whenever I go out on my deck. They seem to dislike my invasion into their territory. Instead of annoying me they also make me smile.
I managed to capture a unique sight when I captured these deer in our yard – a mother deer kissing her baby.