Sunday, October 13, 2013

Nature from a distance

Skype is calling, and I hurry to answer...

I went for a walk in the woods today.
With my youngest son, and his Ipod
by way of Skype.....
Up in the Chilcotin where the meadowfolk live.

With his camera he showed me a squirrel
his tail curled up over his back,
sitting silent and unmoving,
(not even an eyelash)
on the branch of an evergreen tree.

Below him, in a pile on the ground
was a great mound of acorns,
not scraped up by human hands
but put there one by one
by this far-seeing fellow,
(or is it two by two, - one in each side
of the squirrel's pouchy cheeks)

sensing approaching winter
and the snow that will protect his stash
and keep his little tummy full.

Yesterday we inspected the beaver's
preparation and how she provides,
and my son told me of a chance encounter he had
with a muskrat and a Mallard duck,
holding conversation in the middle
of the creek.

and of the symbiotic relationship
the muskrat has with the beaver,
she providing him with winter shelter in return
for food and building materials.
And I thought it would be nice to know
this sociable muskrat,
and how he would inspire Beatrix Potter
to include him in her tales, and the stories
she could tell about him, Count Middlemarch Muskrat.

It is a grand and splendid world!!!!


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I absolutely LOVE that you and your son Skype while walking "together" around his woods' even though you're miles apart. I know you (and Charles) taught the love of nature by your example and I just love that you can continue to share it with your son by this 'modern miracle." It really is a grand and wonderful world!

Barb said...

You tell such a fabulous story, Hildred. I'm always drawn into your plots. How wonderful to walk by way of Skype into another world and then allow your imagination free reign.

Reader Wil said...

Skype is a wonderful means of communication! Unfortunately my webcam is not working.Anyway the telephone works!
Thanks for your comment on my voyage on the New Amsterdam.
Wil, ABCW Team