Nature’s Angels by Annie Pang
Today, I was finally inspired to write a story again. It was a week ago, the last day of March, when I took my first maiden voyage in my car as far as Christmas Hill on my own. I was quite overwhelmed with my lack of confidence. I had no hopes of seeing any butterflies and so it was mostly a test of my endurance since I’d become ill. What was so amazing was that I actually made it without any problems, aside from a horrendous amount of anxiety!!
Up until then, my photographs and stories throughout the fall and winter seasons had been about birds coming to my feeder or ducks along the nearby Gorge Waterway. Therefore this trip to Christmas Hill was, for me, a long and lonely drive. With camera and water around my neck I started climbing up the hill. I didn’t have to go far at all. Swirling orange was there to greet me almost immediately! Two Satyr Comma’s were dancing in the sky, twirling around each other, probably for territory. And then one landed right on the path to sun itself. Although it took off several times, I know these butterflies and they tend to come back to the same spot. One only needs to be patient and slow in approaching them to get a decent shot. I got several and I was elated. Due to territory disputes the other Comma was not allowed to land on the path and although this butterfly looked a bit worn, it was my first shot of the season. Here are two of the best shots I managed to take.
I climbed up to the top of the hill and spotted a single Sara Orangetip but the day was far too warm for it to want to land. It took all of my energy just to get up to the summit and back down again. But I was both thrilled and a bit sad because of my feelings of nostalgia. How many butterflies would I see this season? To date that is an unknown.
During this time of testing for me, the birds have kept coming to my feeder and on very special occasions, I have had a symbolic “visitor”, namely that lovely male Goldfinch. As he has become more golden with the season, a friend has urged me to include this picture that I took since my last blog. This occurred at a time when I needed feelings of hopefulness, and it seems this is when the angels of Nature come with their blessings. Although I took many pictures, this pose shows him at his jaunty best.
I’ve also had a flock of Pine Siskins return and their comical antics always make me smile. They are fast little critters so to get shots of them on a branch is a treat indeed.
The nostalgia I’m feeling takes me back to the last trip I took to SwanLake a few weeks ago. The day was fairly overcast and I had help getting there so I made the most of it. I had seen several Golden-crowned Sparrows, but one happened to fly up onto a branch. This presented a much better chance at a pleasing photograph than one would normally get, as these birds are mostly ground feeders. I was pleased with this opportunity and made the most of it.
So now I will leave you with a poem. I have discovered something I never thought I would. People. People are a part of Nature too, and now they have become a very important part of my world. They have read my stories and enjoyed my photos, poetographs and poetry. Today, one of them decided to do something very special for me because she had enjoyed my blogs so very much to date.
So here is to the human spirit and the kindnesses I have seen in human nature. We are all connected and we need to remember that. This poem and dedication that follow were inspired by one such “angel” today. Alas, I do not have her picture except in my mind’s eye.
I thought that spring had left me in the cold
I thought that maybe it would never come
because my weary spirit felt so old
because the shocks of life had left me numb.
But came a bird of gold again one day,
returning just to give me back my heart
and then a flock of Siskins came my way
and gold crowned angels came to do their part.
Up Christmas Hill I ventured all alone,
not thinking that I’d see a butterfly,
but there two Comma’s saw me on my own
and fluttered down from swirling on up high.
And then a Robin’s song came ringing clear
reminding me of angels always near…
Dedicated to my friend, Robin, who took me into her heart today. With healing hands and no strings attached, she helped me start on the road to a better life, where all things are possible when I believe and have faith in all of Nature’s angels…and, most importantly, in myself. And here is a thank you to all the human angels who have blessed me with their presence as they walk alongside me on my journey.
© Copyright by Annie Pang April 7, 2013.