Songs of Enlightenment
While wildflowers teach me to pause and be present, the shy desert birds persuade me to tiptoe silently along prickly paths so I might spot the feathered travelers darting among the thorny branches of an ocotillo, scurrying under the scrub of a creosote, burying tail-feathers in the dense foliage of a pyracantha, perching on the tip of a saguaro.
They hide. Watching. Waiting. Hoping I move on.
But their musical undercurrent quells my restless spirit and I linger. Listening. Learning to be patient until I again hear notes flit up and down an imaginary scale, fluctuating in pitch, tempo, and inflection. I notice the deep-throated gurgle of a Cactus Wren, the high-pitched call of the Gila Woodpecker, the mournful song of a lonely Roadrunner, the chirp at daybreak from the Pyrrhuloxia, the rapturous serenade of a Curve-billed Thrasher.
In listening, I learn to see all that endears me to life in the Arizona desert. And with each click of the camera, I sing my own song of joyful appreciation.
Male Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus)
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Mary Ellen Miller
2/6/2013 08:10:44 am
What a beauty he is! (And, what great pics.) I love the sand color of him (isn't Nature wise?) with just the touches of red; makes me wonder what the female looks like. ;) I'm glad you had the patience to get these photos - it really paid off.
3/10/2013 09:38:35 am
I love the manner in which you write. You're observations are beautifully expresses
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