Yes, here we are back in the marshy area along the Niagara River. A nice day to meet with friends. Not mine, I was by myself, but our Egret friend has a few buddies in the peaceful wetland. He is the one that took the long walk in Why Did the Egret Cross the Island? Seeing this made me think of the direction of the world today.
The Great Blue Heron was the one in the post, When You Just Don’t Expect It – A Bird Has a Good Laugh. All is well fishing along the river.
Good friends apparently. Or not? Why the ruffled feathers Big Blue? Showing the others who’s boss?
It is not unusual seeing these birds all in one place, but it really does make one think why cannot this interaction of species happen more often.
Seriously though, can we not take a cue from nature? I have seen photos on the internet of animals as friends that have no logical reason for being with each other.
I saw where one photographer caught a wolf in with a group of brown bears. They were playing and even sharing a kill. Another time I saw a lion protecting a baby chimp after the lioness just killed its mother. You see elephants all the time grieving over a family member. Of course, I cannot make these heart wrenching images, but just seeing wildlife interacting harmoniously really makes one think.
The list is so long of rival species interacting in ways we deem loving, friendly or caring. The news this week in Iraq has me saddened. I do not feel we belong there, but the slaughter of citizens of that country by rival factions really gives me pause. I see no sense, no understanding, no worldly reason.
Is this fighting done in the name of religion, or is it just because others are different? Not that one religion is right and one is wrong, but that it is used to justify slaughter. Where is the commandment or passage allowing that?
If there is a greater God in this world, what is the plan? It might just be what animals are starting to realize (OK, I know that is a stretch), we need to have compassion, tolerance, respect, play, fun, love, and all the other things we attribute to humans, but certainly don’t afford readily to others ourselves. The stare above says…
Rather than toss those mean looks at others, we all may stare off into the distance one day wondering what went wrong along the way. Animals cannot really understand us at all and it seems we can’t understand each other either.
Next, the gardens at the Lewiston GardenFest. Garden Walk season has begun!