Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Peace Of Wild Things

The blue Herons are beginning to stir now, and are in all their breeding finery. This one was especially obliging to my camera.





When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things"



20 comments:

Agnieszka Mikołajczyk said...


Beautiful eloquent photos look very interesting.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

He/she is a stunner Ginny. Have a wonderful week ahead and stay safe from the virus. Thanks for all your comments.

Hootin' Anni said...

My goodness...a real stunner!

MadSnapper said...

they are such beautiful birds, I love to watch them and the poem is perfect and oh so true. nature is soothing to me

Rose said...

Really great captures!

Carol said...

Beautiful birds and such a pretty poem to go along with the pictures.

George said...

Both your photos and the quote are beautiful. Thank you for shsring them.

Ruth Hiebert said...

He is one handsome fella.

Tamago said...

Beautiful heron! I love the reflection on water in the first photo.
And I love the poem about peace of wild things :-)

Linda said...

Beautiful birds and poem....we all need peace.....

Chatty Crone said...

Beautiful - looks a little purple to me!

Ann said...

It does look like it's posing for your camera. Love the reflection in the water on the first picture

Natalia said...

Beautiful captures!

Gayla said...

These photos are amazing. That gorgeous creature was posing for the delight of all to see God's beauty. I love that poem. I have heard it years ago, but it is really fitting right now. Bless you and yours!

Buttercup said...

So beautiful. Thanks for brightening my morning. Especially love the poem.

DeniseinVA said...

Beautiful photos and love to read one of my favorite poems again. Thank you Ginny :)

Sandi said...

That is an incredible bird!

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
Thank you for the poem. And beautiful photos.

My new herb this year will be lemon grass.

Nancy Chan said...

A beautiful bird. May God's peace be with us at this troubled time.

GretchenJoanna said...

I am amazed by the heron! I've never seen one. Thank you!

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