While in Austin this weekend, I observed UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL--the beauty and the other side of Nature. As SIL Laurie says, "If you watch nature long enough, sooner or later it will turn ugly!" Reminds me of mankind!
I actually saw the "ugly" first---we were sitting in the yard--enjoying a beautiful-but chilly day with skies SO BLUE---that they reviled if not surpassed the deep blue of the Caribbean Sea! From my back--I heard the rushing of wind--deep but dark flutter of the beating of the wind. All at once----from behind me--I feel the rush of the wind and the shrill of the cry of a hawk in pursuit of a beautiful songbird--right on the wing tip of a song bird he intended for his next meal.
He flew inches above our heads-and feathers rained down as the food chain became strikingly real!
Not long after that--ALL of a sudden--I feel the wind rush again--BUT this time it is a beautiful road runner--with his black and white pinstripe suit and his red breast bursting in flame--he stopped so close I could almost touch him---stood---looked at us as if to say "May I join you?" Stood staring--he at us and we at him--and then off again.
WHAT A TREAT!