Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Where The Wild Things Are

Bald Eagle
A meteor exploded a kilometer over my car in the dark skies.  I drove watching this bizarre light approach my vehicle over the moonscape. What was it?  Hopefully not a UFO.  How would I explain that one?  No.  The light began to waver and exploded into three green fragments as they hit a cotton field.  What if that meteor had hit my car?  What if......

It was a nice distraction from the dark thoughts of late. We began our day with feral horses. A colt looks at us for the first time during a hike along the fast flowing Verde River.

We watch this beautiful scene play out as the horses cross the river.

I let the anxiety go and just enjoy the moment with my bud Gordon. I have not been well for several weeks.  This is my first real outing in a long time.

Two Bald Eagles, America's national symbol, fly over our heads.  They didn't choose to be symbols. But here they were riding the thermals up higher and higher into the bright blue sky. 

Rivers flow.  Eagles fly. And horses sip from the sweet waters of the river. This is my America.

The beautiful Verde River
Over the weekend, we all come together and enjoy some road tripping.  We needed fresh air to breathe after such a terrible week of news. It has not been easy to smile lately. 

Anxiety can create some of the worst pain ever with the knowledge that there are savages out there who'd take this country back 50 years!

Rosy-faced Lovebird in Tempe, AZ
Rosy-faced Lovebirds were never native to Phoenix and yet, they now live here in the 10's of thousands.  We have embraced them as part of our Arizona bird community. They add color to our lives. They show each other compassion as they cuddle up on the branches of trees. And it is here that they peacefully coexist among all the other birds in this city. Although, they do need to keep their eyes open for those prickly cacti!

It's not easy waking up in the morning realizing that things like our environment or people's rights are in jeopardy.  No one should live in fear except maybe that bright red Vermilion Flycatcher on the telephone wire.  American Kestrels and Merlins love little birds:)

Vermilion Flycatcher-male
No. It's not easy knowing that my country is bitterly divided. As an observer of the wild world, I worry most about our environment and the damage it will endure from a man who doesn't believe in global warming.

So I, along with over half the American voters, will be watching as these very difficult 4 years unfold. Until next time......


  1. Politicians who don't believe in global warming should be banned and forced to go to areas (at their own expense) where global warning is having an effect on people and nature. I do love that Vermilion Flycatcher.

  2. Sorry to hear you haven't been well but nature is always the best cure. Especially in these unsettled times. We must fight to keep the wild.

  3. So sorry to hear that you've not been well, Chris. You must have felt even more miserable in your illness with the unbelievable situation that the USA (and the rest of the world) finds itself in. It's difficult enough for us from 'elsewhere' to come to terms with the situation, so it's hard to imagine what thinking people are feeling in USA. We can but hope that sense will prevail, and put a cap on the crass policies that are being proposed.

    Take good care - and when all seems to much, go out and commune with nature.

    Best wishes to you both - - - Richard

  4. Hope you feel better soon Chris. Beautiful photos in the post - seeking out nature is the best way to destress and try and forget problems (for a short while at least). A climate change denier is not good news.

  5. We live in strange and worrying times - even here in Australia the impact of a certain election are felt.

    But we still have birds, and we can all work for the change we want.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  6. Wonderful photos of the horses and the beautiful birds. We live in worrying times indeed. Hope you feel better soon.

  7. Lovely photos of the horses, the eagles and birds. They sure were colorful.


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