Welcome to "The Last Leaf Gardener," a blog by Patricia Youngquist. I am a photo-artist, bird-lover and urban gardener living in NYC. My website includes my non-nature themed images (Black and White as well as Kaleidoscopic). Click on the fourth image in sidebar (Left) to visit. I also have published a three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak," in which the stories are told by Cam, the bird pictured above. Click on the first image in the sidebar (Right) for info.
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Sunday, July 17, 2016
Inspired by a One-Legged Mourning Dove
Anyone who has been following my postings within the cyber-venues known as Blogger, Facebook, tumblr and twitter, knows that I've been a bit pre-occupied from my "usual" content of "reporting" on the flora that grows in my urban rooftop garden; as well as "reporting" on the antics of the array of birds which visit it. My preoccupation has been with the steps I've needed to take to recover from an accident that I had this past May.
One of these steps was to go for a doctor-ordered Xray to determine rather or not I had broken my ribs when I fell. I wrote about this on Blogger, one month and two days ago after I had that test. In the aforementioned entry I discussed that I was more fortunate than Super (the Northern Flicker I helped rescue this past April), for I was able to have a C scan the night I had the accident; and I was ultimately able to have my ribs Xrayed at Park Avenue Radiology. Super had not been able to get the Xrays he needed to help him (which I wrote about in a prior post here on Blogger).
In any event, the findings of the Xray of my ribs revealed that I did break ribs, but thankfully, as of this posting, the pain from that injury subsided. However, I had another pain, re my accident that came up unexpectedly on June 23rd, a little over a week after I had my ribs Xrayed. This was a nerve pain that the doctors involved believed to be related to a tooth.
Since my nose was broken in the accident, the doctors suspected my new pain had something to do with the fact that the nerve serving the tooth in question (which also has a function that serves the nose) was the cause of my agony, and I was sent for another type of Xray. The machine used to determine what was causing my pain, as well as the picture it took, can be seen in the images atop this blog entry.
I am most grateful that I have been able to get medical treatment re my accident and each time I have, I think of injured birds who may not be able receive the medical attention when it is needed. I've written about this in relation to Super and have provided links to my musings. And now, another bird that visited my garden, reaffirmed my concern about the plight of injured birds.
The bird I am referring to is a one-legged mourning dove who can be seen in the images posted below.
These images were taken by your truly in my garden this past Friday and at that time, I wrote about this bird's situation on tumblr. It was not the first time I noticed the one-legged mourning dove in my garden which happened to be on June 12th 2016 as reported on my FB Page for TLLG.
Seeing this sweet bird continue to carry on with life in spite of an injury — and presumably without treatment — is an inspiration in perseverance. It is my hope tat when I'm more fully recovered that I can promote Cam's book, Words In Our Beak (pictured below), in such a way that I'll have profits to donate to facilities that treat injured birds.
Mourning doves, are just one of the bird types that Cam (my visiting cardinal who happens to be an author), discusses in her book. "Words In Our Beak Volume One," has been in Apple's iBooks Store since June 22nd of 2015 and it has been available in Kindle format since early this year.
Now, I am happy to report that a gift shop has expressed interest in carrying Cam's book among their merchandise. There is much I still need to do in order to realize this offer, so it is essential that I carry on –in spite of all my injuries — just as the sweet mourning dove (featured in this entry) seems to be doing.
ADENMENDUM: The digital versions of Volume One within the Words In Our Beak book series that are mentioned in this entry may only remain available for a limited time, but a hardcover version of Volume One can be found wherever books are sold. Moreover, Volume Two of the book series is now available! Both volumes one and two are in hardcover format (as seen below) and can be purchased any place where books are sold.
Here's the purchase info for thehardcover versionsof the Words In Our Beak book series: