Adirondack Chronicles 2022.1: We All Need a Nature Break!!
In these perilous, stressful times, we can all use a little break from the alarming headlines and depressing opinions of the Supreme Court. I recommend taking that break in nature, where the beautiful landscapes and natural rhythms of the wild things can be a balm against the chaos that humans make for each other. I’m back in the Adirondacks for my annual sojourn in the North Country, where the weather is cool, the forest preserve very quiet, and the wild things abundant. Also, while wifi has come to my cabin (alas), there are still places I go where there is neither cell phone service nor the internet, and I find it so refreshing to spend a few hours with no interruptions.
The wild things are heedless of the human concerns, but intensely focused on their own needs. Consider the small ruby-throated hummingbird (above, feasting on milkweed) that flits about constantly in search of the nourishing nectar of flowers. These tiny birds are hard to photograph, since they move so fast, but the wonders of modern cameras catch them mid-sip once in a while.
I love watching the loons ferrying their newly hatched chicks around the lakes. For just a few weeks each summer, the parent-child bonding is amazing to behold.
Chipmunks are everywhere; this little guy wanted to know what I was doing with that long lens peering at him, but he soon scampered off so I could not tell him the whole story.
This curious bluejay wanted to know why I stopped by the side of the road to capture a pair of them flitting about. Not satisfied with the answer, it just decided to pose for a brief moment before flying off.
Take 7 seconds to watch the lovely scene on Saranac Lake, below… another glorious day in the Adirondacks!
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