The Coming of Spring and Easter February 27

At the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, where this picture was taken, there used to be a long and beautiful boardwalk through a swamp. However, beavers came and built dams, submerging the boardwalk. I was sad about this loss, but the attitude of the workers at Sanctuary baffled me. They had spent  countless hours building the boardwalk, yet they seemed unconcerned about the loss..
“Landscapes change. Nature is always changing,” was their reply.
Still, I remained  sad. But, when the beavers changed the swampy landscape, great blue herons came to nest in the dead trees in the water. How wonderful to be able to watch both of those fascinating creatures!  In the last few years, the water had begun to recede, and a new landscape is forming. What will be next, I wonder?
Pema Chodron talks about “getting the knack of hopelessness”
In Tibetan there’s an interesting word: ye tang che. The ye part means “totally, completely,” and the rest of it means “exhausted”. Altogether, ye tang che means totally tired out. We might say “totally fed up.” It describes an experience of complete hopelessness, of completely giving up hope. This is an important point. This is the beginning of the beginning. Without giving up hope–that there’s somewhere to be, that there’s someone better to be–we will never relax with where we are or who we are.

About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United Stares, where I have recently retired from public school teaching after thirty-four years. I am a nature photographer, particularly focusing on the the wide variety of birds to be found in this area. I am a keen supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon and the exceptional work that they do in education and protecting nature. It pleases me that many of the photographs I have posted here have also been displayed on the Wachusett Meadow Audubon in Princeton, MA website. I would love to connect with other primary school teachers in the hope that these photos might be useful in inspiring children to a greater connection with nature.

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