Solitude For Saturday. #7

Good morning everyone and Happy Saturday! We are very happy that you decided to join us today! Well, it was not so cold this morning, with a temperature of -15F (-26C). And there was no wind, which was also very nice. So out I went nice and early, I actually was out before any birds were around even though it was daylight. However, the redpolls and chickadees showed up while I was out there, they came along sitting right beside me while I put seeds on the feeders and hung up the hanging feeders.

Red squirrel.

I put the feeders away at night now so the deer cannot get at them. They learned quickly that there was no longer any food available so they don’t come up on the deck at night anymore. I wish the bears would learn that fast. This time of year is when it feels like winter just does not want to quit. Even though the days are getting longer, which gives some hope that spring is coming, yet we still know that there are weeks, and perhaps 2 months more before spring arrives.

Female Mallard.

Spring. Such a nice word. Yes, I like to dream sometimes. I sit here and look out the window and dream. Of warmer days. Of trees filled with leaves. Of birds singing early in the morning. Of sitting on my deck with my morning coffee. Of tossing my coffee cup who knows where and slamming my face into the door because of a bear. Okay. Skip that one. That’s not a dream, it is a nightmare! Back to dreaming. Of sitting beside a calm lake on an early summer morning. Listening.

Male Mallard.

The quietness of the wilderness. Yet not completely quiet. A squirrel is sitting on a log, eating his breakfast. The birds are singing from trees and bushes all around the lake. Loons are calling their beautiful, haunting notes. Such an amazingly beautiful part of solitude. It echoes all over the lake. Loons from a nearby lake answer. I wonder what they are saying to each other. Then they begin their characteristic laughing call. These are called “common loons”. There are other species of loons as well, but I don’t know what their calls are like.

Common Loon.

A pair of mallard ducks swim past making tiny ripples on the calm water. A song sparrow sings from a bush by the waters edge. A white-throated sparrow sings from a birch tree behind me. Little warblers singing their cheery summer songs are all around me. No artificial noise which is stressful. Natural noise is calming and relaxing. This is solitude. For now, just a dream. Thank you for reading today. Have a beautiful Saturday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin (who is enjoying her morning nap) Top featured image is a song sparrow.

Β©2022 Steve McLeod.

18 Comments on “Solitude For Saturday. #7

  1. It’s a beautiful day Uncle Steve, nicely gone through the tiny detailing by the nature. You are the true nature lover ✨ and enjoyed the exact moment by every micro seconds πŸ‘πŸ‘ Was muffin part of it too πŸ€”πŸ˜‰ you still feeding veggies? you should let her out onceπŸ€ͺ Have a Lovely day Uncle Steve βœ¨πŸ˜‹

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    • No, Muffin was not with me. Yes, nature is my place to be, I love the peace and solitude. Really, Muffin loves veggies and will even take them right off my plate!😹 She gets her own cat food too, not just veggies. No, Muffin will not go out,πŸ˜¬πŸ™€ too many dangers out there and I want her to stick around a long time yet! Enjoy your Sunday Simon!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΊπŸŒžβ„β„β„β„


  2. We have seen a video about a bear becoming a friend with a girl though not sure if it is real or not …
    God give us love for everything even though being careful is necassary sometimes …

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    • It is possible to make friends with a bear, but a person has to always remember they are still a wild animal. A 200 pound bear is stronger than a 200 pound man. A man here was trampled to death by a deer he had made friends when a neighbor drove by and honked their horn. It scared the deer and he attacked the man that was his friend. With large wild animals it is always best to be very careful.


  3. Love the birds ! And your thoughts on future warmer times ! Take care and sleep well ! πŸ™‚πŸ˜»πŸ˜΄β„οΈβ„οΈπŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨

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  4. Your photos are peaceful, Steve! They take me away from this crazy world. I like the sound of the word spring and hope it comes our way soon. We have high 20s and low 30s in the mornings and it seems winter is lasting forever in my neck of the woods. Take care! πŸ˜ΊπŸ‘– 🧣 πŸ§€πŸ¦†πŸ¦Œβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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