I had "one of those days". In my own kingdom, I am happy, but I do not enjoy fixing everyone's problems anymore. The days of gossip and rumours are over. TV really doesn't even interest me! But unfortuneatly at work, there are students, parents, and teachers who bombard me with the turbulent drama of the working world. I just don't have that energy. It may seemed detached, cold, or indifferent.......but I have come to the conclusion in my life that things will happen as they happen and that I cannot control them. And sometimes the drama from their trouble makes me feel anxious inside....and from my perspective and others....it's not healthy.
After work, I took my camera and returned to a place that centers me and keeps me in check emotionally. And it was what I needed. Do you ever walk quietly through a space and just listen? I mean....really listen. I began my walk near 2 solitary American Coots and just watched them walk through the water with the sun on their backs.
Of course, the intense sounds from the thousands of blackbirds both Redwing and Yellow Headed were at times deafening! These birds I've always glanced over on my way into the park, but today I just watched.
Slowly I made my way over to the areas inhabited by the Red Wing Blackbirds. Loud and very Present.
There was one more still pond that had the one solitary Sandpiper.
It flew in a circle before landing.....creating silent ripples across the still water.
Yellow Headed Blackbirds covered the skies as they flew in their sunset patterns over and around my head to quickly descend and vanish into the reeds.
And there were birders. 3 to be exact. One was a Southerner who hunted ducks and just discovered the Sweetwater Wetlands. He was "the other" kind of birder....the one that shot ducks. I think I understand, but I find it difficult to find beauty in killing a duck for the sport of it....and then watching them in a protected area thinking about how fun it would be to hunt them down. I guess I use my camera to shoot pictures, but at least it doesn't kill. He was a talkative birder who liked to say, "Amazing" a lot.
A silent elderly couple whispered to me....wait for it:)....."There is a Phoebe over there." What is it with people and Phoebes? Is this the only place where they live? They are a tiny(and fun to watch) little black and white bird. It flies in small or wide circular patterns. I tried to capture that with these pictures.
Watching this bird fly is interesting and maybe this is what draws the visitor's attention......but seriously, every birding expedition has people screaming up and down about this bird. I see them everywhere I go. And I laugh to myself:)
Well, it is a good looking bird:)
Walking through the trees in the cool breeze, I glance Mt. Lemmon in the distance at full sunset. The telephone poles remind me that I have to go home. But I don't. I listen to all the birds settle down into the reeds and the darkness take over.....and it is strangely calming.
And then the night falls and I feel better.......relaxed.