For instance this past Friday when I was in Central Park, where many were gathered around The Pond to snap pictures of the now famous Mandarin duck (he can be seen in the pictures atop this entry), I was talking with a woman (who identified herself as Becky) about the Mandarin and how his presence has brought so many people — from all walks of life — together.
And we also talked about the other birds who were swimming in the pond on that day including male Wood ducks, Canadian geese, Khaki Campbell ducks, Mallard ducks, Mallard-hybrids, as well as an American coot; all of whom can be seen in the following photos (respectively).
Upon having the coot's green feet brought to my attention, I immediately thought of Mary Oliver's words, "Notice something you have never noticed before...; " and when I returned home, I looked through her poems to see if I could find one re an American coot; but alas I did not! (If you know of one, dear reader, please contact me.) Writing poetry is not in my skill set but appreciation for the medium is; especially when Mary Oliver is the poet. This is evident in the fact that I have referenced her poems in a post (here on Blogger) about bees, squirrels and raccoons;
Most of the birds referenced here are featured in my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak...
.....where the stories are told from the perspective of Cam (the female cardinal seen in the photograph below).
Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The book includes hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author; and I hope (like Mary Oliver) they will have an impact on people's lives and cause them to pay attention to "something you have never noticed before..."
And with that, dear reader, on this anniversary of Mary Oliver's death; I'll leave you with two of her poems one about the Great Blue Heron (Heron Rises from the Dark, Summer Pond) who is a bird I encountered in Central Park and one about American Goldfinches (Goldfinches), who have visited my garden.
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