Monday, June 27, 2011

Three Miles From Pavement

Twin fawns in my meadow
all photos by Jonathan Schechter

I do not live out in the wilds, but I am three miles from the closest paved road.There are only four, or maybe it's five traffic lights in my hilly township of 36 square miles. Wilderness? No way. But northern Oakland County is full of wildness and special moments of nature. That is why I live here in an older house perched on top of a  eroded glacial hill, my window to nature's way and a source of constant inspiration for Earth's Almanac. More importantly those moments of nature following their evolutionary course in a human dominated world are moments of peace for me. (All these photos are within 200 yards of my front door)
An eastern bluebird attending to his young: on my driveway fence post

And here he rests on the top of the dead apple tree, where the hummingbird often perches.

On the hidden side of my hill, nature drys and scents my clothes.
Can't do that in the city!
In the late days of June a neighbor's wagon, full of fresh cut hay sweetens the air as it passes my drive.
 My doe watches calmly from her sweet tall grass spot in the meadow near where her fawns hide------three miles from pavement. 


Blogger Virginia said...

For myself and I surmise for others, the nature we witness in our near vicinity can perhaps inspire/remind us to protect that which is close and that not so close.

Have you seen a hummingbird's mating flight (and heard)??

June 27, 2011 at 11:29 PM 
Blogger Jonathan Schechter said...

Hummingbirds are awesome--and their flight is magic.

June 28, 2011 at 6:55 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, come on......You can dry your clothes in the city. They would just smell or oil and gasoline if someone didn't steal them. If your lucky you might get a bullet hole in your drying shirt.

June 28, 2011 at 7:59 AM 
Blogger Ulanawa said...

Very beautiful. Makes my heart sing to see balance and living in harmony with our 4-legged, winged, swimming, and creeping along the ground friends. :)

June 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM 

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