As I and the creatures that inhabit Quebec’s marshes, bird sanctuaries, bogs and parks wait for spring to take a firm hold I decided to take a visit Nun’s Island Bird Sanctuary just to get some fresh air. It was while on this walk that I was reminded how beautiful, resourceful and resilient the wild creatures of the world are.
Whether we are students of nature, practitioners of conservation, or environmental activists; whether we are natural resource developers, holders of oil leases, mining rights, or intending to drill for oil and gas, should not a Great Blue Heron walking on a frozen, snow-covered pond in marsh awaken something in us?
It is at times like this when I get to look upon a Great Blue Heron affording me such an uncharacteristic picture that I truly understand how little we know about nature, its many secrets, hidden treasures and wonders yet to behold.
It is the fascination of ordinary folk like you and me when we witness things such as a Great Blue Heron hunting on a frozen pond that keeps the need to have the desire to have this type of beauty and awe survive the march of progress. The questions that are raised because of it are important, because it is times like this that force us to go in search of answers about things we were so convinced that we already knew the answer to, like ‘How did the Heron learn to ice fish?’
Wanting to know how the fish got to be in that Great Blue Herons mouth, why the Red Tailed Hawk a migratory bird is seen wintering a lot in the province of Quebec and how they both are managing to stay alive, are questions that I hope that my grandchildren will be forced to ask, because they like me were able to go to a place like the Nun’s Island Bird Sanctuary and are lucky enough to see the Great Blue Heron ice fishing on a frozen pond.
As I turned to go I felt blessed and knew that there is nothing more humbling, thought-provoking and more beautiful, than nature itself, and everything that comes with it. From the tiniest of insects to the largest of mammals. Everything is as much a part of nature as we are and as important to our existence as we are to its.
I can now be found by searching for Arche Medas – google+ and for myspiritsview.blogspot.com. By going to either site you will be able to view:
- Pictures and newly introduced video clips of nature as seen through my cameras lens.
- Pictures of both the famous and not so famous historical buildings and structures found in Quebec and Southern Ontario both famous and the not so famous.
Hope to see you there.