Beyond oppression and the feeling of defeat is the rising up. And in the rising, one finds silver-linings and the world reveals itself as it should be at that moment.
|White lady slipper orchid, Dane Co, WI 15May2017|
|Beauty in the common, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Elmer & Edna Culver Wetlands, Dane Co, WI 15May2017|
Hey Wilson! Cute little buggers, aren't they?
|Wilson's Warbler Elmer & Edna Culver Wetlands, Dane Co, WI 15May2017|
|Yellow Warbler, UW Arboretum, Dane County, WI 9May2017|
|Yellow-throated Vireo, Bark River Park, Jefferson County, WI 14May2017|
|Eared Grebe, Brazee Lake, Dane Co, 11May2017|
|Snowy Egret, Dane County, WI 12May2017|
|Prothonotary Warbler, Jefferson County, WI 11May2017|
|White-crowned Sparrow, Elmer and Edna Wetlands Conservancy, 12May2017|
And when finding birds in the canopy becomes frustrating, shifting my attention toward the woodland blooms is a fine means for re-calibrating my mood. In slowing down to the speed of a plant, serenity reveals itself. The macro world's grounding wisdom shifts my focus from frenetic chasing, from wishful birding, from "The Need" to a slower beauty.
|Prairie Trillium, Prince's Point, Jefferson County, WI 14May2017|
|Wild Ginger, Prince's Point, Jefferson County, WI 14May2017|
|White-lady Slipper Orchids, I counted over 50 blooms in the area. Dane Co, WI 15May2017|
Somewhere in the outskirts of Dane County (WI), in the brilliant green forest with flowing springs, it was just me and a serenading Mourning warbler...and orchids.
|Mourning Warbler, Dane Co, WI 15May2017|
|Northern Waterthrush, Elmer and Edna Wetlands, Dane Co, WI 17May2017|
The same goes for the glory of spring migration. For southern Wisconsin, we are certainly in its twilight.