The big blue truck is parked on the edge of the marsh as I scan the landscape for any sign of life. Just a few short months ago this place was teeming with wildlife and the air was full of bird’s songs. Today even the wind seems to be idle as I continue to search the sea of cattail hoping for a glimpse of colorful feathers.
The lone tree in the middle of the marsh caught my eye. It’s the only tree on this side of the road. It seemed to be longing for the birds to return home and fill it with the joyful calls and cackles. The marsh rose bears it’s brilliant red hips with no eye to behold it’s gift except for the seeker who stands on the edge of the cattails.
I turned my attention to the sky above and the clouds are thick and heavy with melancholy. Surely they will soon begin weeping over the sleeping landscape.
I turned once more to my big blue truck and decided that I should continue to seek out the wildlife in another area when in the distance something rattled the dry leaves of the cattails. I spun around just in time to see the blue jay as it deftly plucked a rose hip from out of the thorns. He didn’t tarry long but swiftly returned to the thick cover of the cattail leaves. From deep within the marsh he gave an angry call. He wasn’t happy to a human near his feeding grounds. Then another jay called out in response and his call was echoed by several more. There was life in the marsh after all. And where there are jays there are Cardnials and Thrashers and many more.
Just because life isn’t obvious doesn’t really mean that it’s missing. Sometimes it’s just a season of stillness and seasons change. At the time of this writing the new light is just hours away. The sun will begin to rise earlier and set later. The winter is the season of the returning light. And with it will come new life.
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