Here at the edge of the wood it is always a joy to see a cardinal couple having a meal together. They mate for life, so if you see one, look around and you will surely see the other. Over at the Project FeederWatch Blog they are trying to figure out why males seem to frequent the feeders more than females. Could it be the ladies like to lunch elsewhere? Maybe with their girlfriends, a la Sex in the City. Do the guys need some male-bonding time? Perhaps it’s not such a mystery after all.
All of us at the edge of the wood want to wish you a happy holiday season. In the words of the great Jane Goodall, “I think the best evenings are when we have messages, things that make us think, but we can also laugh and enjoy each other’s company.” May you have many such evenings of thought and fun.
We have noticed that not all gray squirrels are gray. Some have been sporting lovely cinnamon touches around the face, sides and sometimes paws. Are they changing into red squirrels before our eyes? Barbara Stewart writes in the NYT, “A new species of squirrel? Not exactly. According to Alexander R. Brash, who oversees the rangers at the city’s Parks Department, they are actually a variant on the common Eastern gray squirrel, ubiquitous in city parks and trees.” She goes on to reassure us that black-coated squirrels are gray squirrels, dark brown-coated squirrels are gray squirrels, and cinnamon-colored squirrels are gray squirrels. Which only goes to show you can’t judge a squirrel, or anyone, by their cover.
Andy Goldsworthy is an artist who works with natural materials such as leaves, sand, ice, and stone. His work is often inspired by the stuff that surrounds him at any given moment. He states, “We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” Here at the edge of the wood all the animals, trees, plants and bugs create their lives within the bounty of the forest. We think Andy would approve. But please, do not try to taste the sculpture, it is food for the soul not the stomach.