berry picking

We caught this Cedar Waxwing enjoying some salmonberries.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Wendell Berry, The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry

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9 thoughts on “berry picking

  1. I’ve missed some great stuff, I can see. How I love Cedar waxwings. You got such a fantastic shot, with that one twisting its neck to get at the salmonberry.
    I think that Wendell Berry quote should be like the naturalist’s Lord’s Prayer. It sums it all up.

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  2. Yes, the “grace of the world,” where the complications of human life can be/are left behind…where they don’t exist, really…out in that “peace of wild things.”

    Beautiful captures, Gunta…and wonderfully chosen words (again), too…. Thank you. 🙂

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    • Oh heavens! I know I replied to this in my mind, but apparently it didn’t get to the send button! 😦
      There are berries around here that seem to get the birds a bit tipsy (not a good thing when they start crashing into windows!), but I don’t believe the salmonberries have reached the liqueur stage yet! 😀

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