At The Watering Hole
I’ve been keeping the “natural” birdbath (aka, pothole in the driveway) filled with water for the past few weeks, and have found it to be a pretty good bird-magnet for evening photo-opportunities. Admittedly, the backdrop isn’t very scenic, but the late-day sun hits it perfectly. Here are a few of the visitors to drop by recently.
Okay, so the last one wasn’t a bird. Normally we have a lot of Mule Deer hanging around our place, but with all the spring grass and the does getting close to giving birth, they will be a less common sight for a couple months. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, during our early years here I thought that the only wildlife we had here were the deer, and sure didn’t think we had much of a variety of birds. Sorting through my image files last weekend, I tallied up 61 different birds that I’ve photographed in the Bull Mountains, 28 of which were taken in the immediate vicinity of the 20-Acre Wood.
I continue to be amazed at all the birds I never saw, until I started looking for them. There is no question that they were here; I never noticed them until I sought them. We tend to have that happen to us in many aspects of our lives. We may take certain things or people for granted, knowing they are there, but not really thinking about how important and impactful they are to our lives. Similarly, we may simply be oblivious to things around us due to ignorance or indifference. Oftentimes we are guilty of taking God, the Creator of this amazing planet, for granted or we don’t know or care about Him at all. This is really a shame, because God and salvation through His son, Jesus Christ, is easy to find, but we have to seek Him. He makes His presence known and He wants a relationship with each of us, but if we don’t seek Him out, we may never find Him. A couple Scriptures bear this out in very simple language; “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6) and “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt 7:7).
- Wednesday at the Watering Hole (wildbirdsunlimited.typepad.com)