Last night I came back and went up into the woods for a few hours to see where all critters moved to. I looked like a modern-day Elmer fudd of sorts with my binoculars and pop gun. I know the critters are spooked by the events of the last week, and even with the binoculars, they had a lovely time laughing at me. It had me wonder what the world looks like to an animal with excellent eyesight and hearing? And then in a few hours, I watched the forest go to sleep. Call It around the golden hour in the morning and evening when the sunsets. This is a magical time for anyone taking photographs, and ironically when the critters are most active waking up or going to sleep.
What amazes me with the sunset is not so much the beauty of the sky changing and the sun setting, preferably, when you are in the forest, you watch the colors shift and change as if you are taking a warm color palette and swiping it over with a cool one. The warmth of the trees and thier bark goes cool, the ground becomes a dark carpet, and you wonder, “The critters can be a few feet away from me, and I would walk right past them and not notice.
Critters do that, they sit still and giggle when humans walk right by them.
When you watch nature, make this transition from day to night, or even night to day, there is a stillness, quietness, and beauty to it all that I wonder how many really take the time or a moment to be still and enjoy? Most of the planet appears to be running around like lunatics with the shopping last weekend. When I look at the humans on the earth, I don’t see the same behaviors with the critters in the woods. I don’t recall ever seeing a nervous or neurotic squirrel, deer, bird, or turkey…ok, with the turkey, maybe I have, as the group or herding type animals do have a social structure to them. I just have never seen them walking around in a state of perpetual nervousness or fear.
So why is it that with the “developed” world that man has – that he appears to have more problems than if he lived in the simplicity of nature, with nature? I realize we have done an amazing job procreating and filling the planet with our species, yet, when I go into larger cities – I look at what is important to many with their habits and lifestyles and realize that most will not experience the time, color, and peace of the sunrise and sunsets being in nature. People will probably be staring into their mobiles and electronic devices looking like a squirrel digging for a nut to “keep connected” with their lives.
what are they all connected to is a question I wonder about?
wouldn’t people be more in tune and grounded, less hyper if there was a connection with the ground and nature?
As for the critters – they did laugh heartily at me. We only need one more critter to make the one product everyone loves economically viable to make and give away. I smiled and waved goodnight to them as I walked down the mountain and thought, “its ok, you can giggle all you want, at least now I know where you are all hiding!”