Bird Watching

Last Sunday a friend of mine invited me to hear his band play. It was an outdoor event and since the weather has been lovely, I decided to go. It was also Valentine’s Day. The traffic was unbelievable and the closer I got to the venue, the more congested it got. What I didn’t realize was his event was next door to the Long Beach Aquarium and The Queen Mary. That’s why there were so many vehicles.

For those of you who don’t know, I need a walker to get around when I’m out in public. I have this balance issue and fall easily. Its easier for me to find parking close by when I’m alone, otherwise, even with the walker, I can get myself in a jam.

The closest parking lots were full. That meant walking in from a couple blocks away. I don’t enjoy being around a lot of people (I’m an introvert) so I decided to go back home.

On the drive back I saw a park to the right of me. I never drive on this street so I never knew it was there.

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A few feet back from the sign I saw birds flying around a large pond. There must have been hundreds of them. One of my favorite things to do is bird watch, so I quickly turned into the parking lot. My camera was with me because I planned to take pictures of my friend’s band but since that didn’t work out, I could take photos of birds, another favorite thing for me to do.

This guy was the first to greet me as I stepped out of my car.
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Look at this interesting one. I’ve never seen a bird with a white polka dot tail. Does anyone know what it is?
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I think this was the Zen section.

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Birds and more birds. They all seemed to get along. Wouldn’t it be nice if we humans could do that?

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This beauty said “good-bye” to me as I walked to my car.
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I don’t know what it is, but I feel “at home” when I’m around all that bird “energy.”


On the drive home I got to thinking about living in the present moment. For the most part, I’m in a constant struggle to do just that, except when I watch birds and when I take photographs, then I am completely in the Now.



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