The Idiom Free as Bird Note Card is a reproduction of one of my mixed-media pieces. Birds, flowers, and trees are often interwoven in my artwork as these are the natural elements of Mother Nature and what makes me feel alive. We all need little reminders every now and again to be completely free and without worries! I decided to offer these cards on a larger scale since many of you have requested prints and cards of my photography and artwork. I am also available for family photo shoots. You may contact me here.
“The more often we see the things around us
– even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us.
That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world:
the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds
– even those we love.
Because we see things so often,
we see them less and less.”
– Joseph B. Wirthlin
Mother Nature Shows up When We Least Expect Her and She Can Change Our Life in a Heartbeat
Last spring I only remember seeing one or two families of geese, but this year I’d seen several. And the offspring with them were all different sizes. Babies, toddlers, pre-teens and teenagers. This was definitely a baby/toddler.
She (I’m just guessing) was walking down the boardwalk making a tiny heart-wrenching sound and every now and then would stand precariously on the edge of the boardwalk, looking down at the water below. I held my breath.
By now, I was off my bike and carefully following behind her. It was one of the first really hot days we’ve had and every now and then she would stop and go underneath the bike or in my shadow seeking shade.
Her family was nowhere in sight. This surprised me because I know how protective geese are of their young. I not only didn’t see a family with goslings her size, I didn’t see any of the families I knew were around.
Still, she ventured further down the boardwalk.
What should I do? Where were all of my animal-rescuing friends when I needed them? Should I call for help? Should I pick her up and put her in my basket?
I wondered about getting my human scent on her. Would her family reject her if I found them? Really, as much of a Nature-lover as I am, how could I not know this?
So, I carefully walked my bike behind her as she carried on her search for her mother. A couple of curious people stopped but none seemed interested enough to stick around.