All of a sudden, after several weeks without much activity, the population of local birds is all over our feeders. We’re not sure if it was the drought, the migration patterns, or the two-month presence of a very active hawk family (my money is on the hawks), but – other than a pair of cardinals – the birds had all been gone for most of the summer.
I’d have been happy for the hawks to stay around if it would have meant the end of the squirrels, but they’ve moved on now and it really is good to finally have the birds back.
In addition, some hummingbirds have discovered the splash of red color in the corner of Rebekah’s garden, and it’s been a delight to watch them dance around.
I’m pleased to have a few photographs to share, but there are a couple of reasons my images are not the best. 1) – Patience: I simply don’t have it. Typically, I see a bird while I’m walking through the kitchen, or cooking; so I run upstairs for my camera; but usually they’re long gone before I get back. 2) – I need a more appropriate lens for my Nikon. I simply can’t get close enough with the one I have. But the lens I need runs considerably more than $1,000, so I guess I’ll have to work on my stealth instead!
I think what attracts me about the birds is the sense of freedom and of joy they seem to embrace. They swoop in at tremendous speeds, stop on a dime, then launch themselves effortlessly into the trees. They project an almost lighthearted orientation, as if every day is theirs to enjoy, as if they were made to live on a wing and a prayer.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” – Matthew 6:25-27
Just look at them! It’s like they know something that we’re supposed to understand, too. What a beautiful world we live in; what amazing lessons if only we pay attention.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.