It has been a long (almost) five months since we started isolating but as I look back, I have seen the way we have lived it, survived it, and many times, even loved it. One of our trips out, we went to the National Wildlife Refuge that we didn’t even know existed here in Texas until the pandemic hit and we had to get creative about exploring and keeping ourselves from feeling cabin fever.
I start out today with pictures from and near the refuge and with the story surrounding our adventure. We didn’t go out that day intending to visit the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. But, what a wonderful find!
We only went out for a drive to a neighboring town that we hadn’t been to yet. We don’t typically get out of the car as we are the kind of people that like to see what might be ‘just over the hill’. And, that is how we saw the sign for the Refuge.
I am intrigued by birds. Our backyard and surrounding trees are filled with many different species of birds. As I write this, I have one sitting on my windowsill looking in my window. Many times, they will tap on the window or gather at the birdbath sitting in the yard in my view.
Birds do not have a worry at all as they go about their daily lives enjoying their beautiful surroundings. It reminds me of a verse from the bible in Matthew 6:26. “Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet, your heavenly father feeds them.” They take one day, one moment at a time and focus on what they need. The birds remind me to enjoy all the beauty around us, only control what we have control over, and embrace our independence and ‘fly’. Yet another thing that intrigues me about the birds…their ability to fly and be free. I get such pleasure and calm from watching them go about their days.
And, so, that is what we did that day…in the refuge, in 99 degree temperatures, we drove around and learned from the birds,
soaked up being around the water and the bright sun…
waited for the geese to cross the road…
And, celebrated just being alive. We took time to smell the flowers and make some beautiful visual memories of the beauty all around us.
I have found that I love the geese that we have here at the lake that in the late evening hours or the early morning hours will flock together and fly right above our home honking loudly as they go by. They seem like such a happy lot making all kinds of noise guaranteeing that everyone around can hear them as they go by.
Another favorite of mine is the local red tailed hawk. When I am sitting on my patio, he will fly over and cast a shadow as he goes by. Now that is a big bird and he too makes a sound that I find soothing like the sound my sweet owl outside my window makes. One of my most favorite sounds from the birds is the sound the hummingbird makes as he flaps his wings when he flies and ‘gets after’ the wasps that get near his hummingbird feeder where he and his friends come for nectar.
Back to our trip home from the refuge. We drove through many small towns and found old barns, bales of hay waiting to be transported and one of the oldest churches in Texas with beautiful stained glass windows.
Lesson learned: fly like the birds, take every moment to just be, focus on our mates…the ones we love, and make your presence known through your voice or your actions. Be well! Remember to not sweat the small stuff and not be anxious about the little things or even the big things we can do nothing about.
Have a blessed week!