Thursday, December 29, 2016

Birds, Bovines, and Ovines, Oh My! Christmas Down Home in NC

 Birding at Chez Wallace
 Pop and Mom Cardinal (actually there were LOTS of cardinals)
See what I mean?
 Hello, Tufted Titmouse!
 Carolina Chickadee!
Hello, little bull!
 I love these Belted Galloway cattle!

Angus mother and child reunion...
 Sheep stare at me...
 I see Ewe staring at me...
 And they bleat at me! Tres Amigas.
 Sheep...bleating and staring...
 Look, an ottoman on the move!
 Ottoman at rest...
 "Um, yes, your wool does make your butt look big..."
 "Well you asked for my opinion!"
 Sheep graze while the Great Pyr that guards them dozes.

 On our way north, we often detour through Max Meadows, VA, to see these sheep!
 The grass is always greener on the other side...
 They are marked as to whether or not they are pregnant

 Hay! This picture makes me laugh, every time.
 Awwww...I love this picture...I hope she's okay.

Like the ewe above, we all face uncertain times in the coming year. The nation will inaugurate a new president on January 20th, and given the person to be inaugurated, that event will stand in sharp juxtaposition to the day of national remembrance for the martyred Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the cause for which he gave the last full measure of devotion, along with so many other men and women. But we are also reminded that some 230 years ago this coming summer, our founders met in steamy Philadelphia and hammered out a document that still serves as our protective umbrella. As with all umbrellas, it is imperfect. Let's face it...sometimes it rains sideways or even up! Our outgoing president has said many times that we should ever aspire to construct a more perfect union. Perhaps in uncertainty there will be opportunity; in conflict, growth; in chaos, a space for new paradigms to emerge. I stand ever beside Lincoln, who long has challenged me to be not just a more engaged citizen but a better person: "We are not enemies, but friends. We MUST not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it MUST not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they WILL be, by the better angels of our nature." May it be so. 


The Bug said...

Amen! May it be so...

P.S. Sheep are silly.

Catalyst said...

Several times recently we have had a huge flock of all-male robins in our yard. It seems late for them to be here yet they linger. I'm thinking they may have a bunch of babies over in the savannah. I've never seen such a huge flock of robins. There must be 30 or 40 of them, busily feeding on bugs and bathing in the runoff water from the snow.

As for the new president, I'll leave it to those smarter than me to ponder and explain.