Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Sept. 13, 2006)
Its a beautiful time of year
Its gorgeous out, a little bit cooler in the mornings and evenings.
Everything is in full bloom. The landscape is green, rivers flowing and ponds
bursting with lilies, faces turned upward to turquoise skies and billowing
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|Babys first steps: Under
the supervision of his parents close by, a red-bellied woodpecker
learns to search for food.
My garden is luscious. So whats the problem? Well, I cant go out for
more than a few minutes without plastering myself with layers of insect repellent.
Nope its not the mosquitoes. Ive developed a sensitivity to no-see-ums.
Now tell me, how can something I cant even see cause me multiple, huge red,
burning stinging welts within minutes of stepping out into the fresh air?
Ive camped with grizzlies and cougars in my camp, stepped over rattlesnakes
(to my surprise), been stung by an assassin bug, treated for poisonous spider
bites, and slid down a hoodoo, (Whats a hoodoo? Thats a story for
another day). Ive been backed down a mountain by an overprotective mother
bobcat and lets not even talk about how many times Ive gotten
back up onto a horse, so whats with these nasty little creatures that
are basically invisible? Ive got shelves of promised remedies.
Nothing consistently works. Wheres a good scientist when I need one? Someone
please invent something that halts these varmints in their tracks without also
killing me, as well.
This is the way I began my morning, moaning and groaning, itching and scratching,
but look, the trees are full of birds. Rick grabs his camera. (They dont bite
him.) The trees are alive with babies. We believed we had a mated pair of
red-bellied woodpeckers, but could not locate any nesting cavity. Here was
We could see Mom and Pop yelping and fussing over at least three little babies.
They were almost fully feathered and being taught how to search for food. I quickly
forget the pain. They were adorable, pecking indiscriminately up and down the
trunks of the trees, and then looking back at their parents for reassurance. Like
children in a newly discovered playground, they joyfully fluttered about testing
Red-bellied woodpeckers are beneficial residents. They seek out insects within the
bark of trees consuming large numbers of wood-boring beetles, as well as
grasshoppers and ants. Red-bellied woodpeckers also catch insects while in flight.
Their diet includes: insects, nuts, acorns and fruit.
Ouch as I rub on salve but it was worth it, babies. As always
back to nature.
Let us take a moment out of our day in remembrance of a passionate crusader for
nature, Steve Irwin. I personally feel I lost one of my heroes this week. He lived
the life he dreamed. Irwins father said his son died doing what he loved. (www.crocodilehunter.com)
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.