Sunday, May 2, 2010
A Cardinal In The Water
When I found this cardinal, there were many more flying around and calling to each other through the trees. I saw this one swoop down out of a big tree and onto this small runoff stream. The stream becomes a small creek every spring, but then dries up for the rest of the year. It's one of the smaller sources for Carpenter Lake.
Something like this is almost as good as following it around to study its behavior. The behavior of an animal is what becomes the interesting part after you've seen them more than a few times. What motivates an animal? Why does it do what it does? That's what I like to see.
I featured this very subject about squirrels yesterday. Not many people would stop to think about squirrel behavior. Most want to look at big dangerous or exotic animals to study. But what about the animals that we can find by going out our own back door? They are easier for you and me to watch, and they are just as wild as any other animal. And every bit as interesting if you pay attention to them.
The cardinal in this picture is one of my prizes for playing the game. Most video gamers don't get to keep pictures of their conquered foes like this. The best thing is that I don't consider any of these animals my enemy. Each and every one is at the time my dearest friend. Every time an animal lets me take its picture, I make sure I thank it for the honor. Really!
I like video games, but I like nature even more. Nature is real. Nature is our life. Nature is what we are.
And I like experiencing nature in action, like this little cardinal splashing in the water.