I discovered the backyard had further particular that means for me as I spent extra time in it, and there have been so many symbolic components that introduced a smile to my face each day. I’d additionally should say it stored me from going stir loopy on varied ranges as there was a lot unrest that surrounded us all. The backyard was our one place of grounding, humility and pleasure. The sweetness that I noticed in all the things round me will carry me by the winter season with ease. I’ve already began my to-do listing for subsequent 12 months’s plans.
This isn’t to say that I really feel the backyard season is finished, it has simply taken on a special look however I nonetheless get rewarded with the views often. In contrast to the colour of spring, summer season and fall that’s so plentiful within the backyard, winter brings much less shade and extra exercise. The birds are extra obvious in winter over most different seasons and nothing obscures them from view.
Chicken watching is a good pastime for me within the dormant season as I like to see how many differing kinds take pleasure in themselves on the feeders. It might appear foolish, however I discover it fairly stress-free and pleasing, to not point out rejuvenating.
Up to now, the birds I’ve seen are purple finches, redpolls, varied sparrows, rose-breasted nuthatches and common ones, downy woodpeckers, bushy woodpeckers, even the rare red-bellied woodpecker, and we will’t overlook the blue jays!! Many different individuals see grosbeaks, pileated woodpeckers and cardinals, however I’m nonetheless ready on them.
Together with the wonder that birds carry into the backyard comes some symbolic meanings of lore. As an example, the eagle symbolizes pleasure, longevity and inspiration. That will make sense, as each time I see a bald eagle soar above, I’m positioned into a way of awe and grandeur. They appear to have that magnificence and nice vanity that no different presents.
Our widespread sparrows symbolize arduous work, persistence and productiveness. That additionally is sensible to me as they don’t stand out over any others however they’re at all times busy doing one thing and appear to be content material doing their factor whereas going unnoticed. There’s a particular type of grace that comes with making a distinction with out looking for the limelight.
The blue jay symbolizes fact, faithfulness, solidarity, endurance and loyalty. Most of us are accustomed to the loud noise they will make with their squawking making an attempt to face out in a crowd. Some name them bullies whereas others name them territorial, however the hidden truth lies beneath their noise with their need to be monogamous and devoted to their companion. They’re one of many birds that stick with the identical mate for all times.
Many people are conscious of the symbolism of the dove. They resonate magnificence, hope and peace and provides us all a bit of extra by which to be grateful. The image of the dove is used for a lot of completely different occasions internationally, typically with an olive department in its mouth to point out that peace is the specified aim all world wide.
The cardinal is a novel chicken that exhibits one other symbolic illustration that may be very significant to most. It represents courtship, loving relationships and devotion. In Native American lore, it is named the messenger of the spirit world. It’s mentioned that each time you notice a cardinal it’s the visiting spirit of a beloved one lengthy gone. How fantastic to suppose that these we’ve misplaced have methods to return and go to us at varied occasions to tell us we’re being watched over and checked upon. For me, that may be a very comforting expertise and occasion.
With the onset of the brand new 12 months forward, why not take a look at a number of the symbolism in life that surrounds us and attempt to take solace in the truth that we’re by no means alone. Every day brings a brand new discovery and likewise creates a brand new reminiscence that may final endlessly.
The backyard could appear to be it’s asleep throughout this time, however it’s alive and effectively and persevering with to make new issues whereas creating outdated reminiscences. Right here is to beginning the brand new 12 months off with an incredible starting … in all areas. Recognize all issues in life, not simply these which might be the apparent.