An Unwelcome Interruption
You may have noticed that there was no Red-tailed Hawk Story post last weekend. My deepest apologies – and even more so because there will be no post this weekend either. The truth is that most of you probably know more about what has been happening at the nest the last two weeks than I. Illness does not respect one’s plans. The last few weeks have offered few times that I have been able to get on my computer, much less watch cams. I’ve been putting off even trying to release this post because well, frankly, it’s embarrassing. This has been an odd season in many ways. For some in the Cornell Hawk Cam community it has been a season of personal tragedy. Together with some other factors and the various technical issues (I don’t mean that as a criticism of the Lab as there is only so much one can control) – it’s just been a somewhat unsettling and exhausting time. Even without health issues.
With all that said, it is my heartfelt hope that Big Red and Ezra and their precious family have continued to bless you and bring you joy. It is a joy that I know stands true although I have not been able to tune into it or even feel it much lately. It is a joy that stands true although it seems like there has been so much heartbreak on so many bird cams this year. I am deliberately NOT elaborating – if you know what I mean then you know what I mean.
If there is one “theme” to this blog – that runs through all the entries – it is the gift of healing that is brought to us by the unspeakable and sometimes terrible beauty of nature. You may or may not believe this gift is from God. A few days ago I watched the movie The Choice. There were some things that I did not like about the movie itself but this is not a movie review. Anyway, at one point Gabby says to Travis, “If you can tell me why it [the night sky with the moon and the stars] is so damn beautiful, then I will stop saying my prayers.” Well, exactly….
That isn’t to say that a lot actually makes sense to me about God these days. But that’s a whole other story. All I am saying here is that the joy holds true. So as you watch Big Red and Ezra and the Gs finish out this season, may you feel that blessing soak into your very being.
Lastly, whatever I have or have not been able to connect with lately – some Cedar Waxwings have found the berry bushes outside my apartment window. Like everything else, my photography activities have been severely limited. However, I leave you with two pictures I was able to get and I hope you like them.
Please forgive me if it takes me some time to respond to any comments that may be made on this post.
With much love,