Naturalist John Burroughs wrote,
“The student and lover of Nature has only to stay at home and see the procession pass.”
~Signs and Seasons (1904)
As I was making my list of the Procession passing my door this morning, my wife called me out to see a new neighbor: the box turtle. S/he posed nicely for the photoshoot and now joins the growing list of wild things passing by and living nearby:
Rabbits; squirrels; chipmunks; rat snakes; blue-tail skinks; varieties of beetles and butterflies; lightning bugs; cardinals; mimic birds (mocking); Carolina wrens; finches; nuthatches; titmouse; hummers; peckers; jays; crows; hawks; wild turkeys (huge); black bear. . .and turtles.
How much more wildlife makes a home near to us and we never notice?
Burroughs urges us to keep a sharp lookout:
“Nature is a great traveler, but she never gets away from home. . .and her course is without direction, and without beginning or end. . . . All her roads are roads to everywhere.”
~Accepting the Universe (1920)