“I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.” ~Henry David Thoreau
One of the greatest experiences a person can have is to make a connection with wildlife. When this fawn looked directly at me, we were connected. When she calmly went back to munching her leaves, it was a vote of confidence – a message that she was OK with me if I was OK with her. I take that as a gift, and as a privilege.
Wildlife is welcome in my garden, and in my world. We share this place, even if it can be a pain in the butt at times. They were here before I came, and they’ll be here when I leave – in the meantime, we’ll walk these paths together.