A Porch with a View

I often daydream about adding a big covered porch to the back of my house. In my imagination, it would be the ideal spot to relax at the end of a long day, come rain or shine.

I imagine sitting in an Adirondack chair, beverage glass in hand, looking at the menagerie of simple wildlife in my backyard.

The squirrels scurry in search of acorns and seeds. A squirrel, the one with a crooked tail, bravely chases another squirrel from the dogwood tree which he has claimed as his own. Hanging from a branch of this same tree is the red-based feeder where the ruby throated hummingbirds put on a nearby air show. Each tiny bird tries to drink the life-sustaining nectar mixed from sugar and water. Bright red cardinals, red breasted robins and blue jays take flight from oak and elm trees. A large rabbit chews on greenery near the fence line. Mocking birds sing songs in the distance. A woodpecker taps rhythmically high up in a tree.

The clink of melting ice pulls my attention from the display of nature. I feel a gentle breeze and soft rain begins to fall. I say a silent prayer of thanks for peace.

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Posted on September 16, 2014, in Hummingbirds, Prayer, Writing 101 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It’s a very interesting piece, and I’m jealous that you have such an interesting variety of suburban wildlife! Over here we are mostly stuck with squirrels, foxes, rats and pigeons. I don’t know if it was intentional but I found it very audible rather than visual. I honestly could hear the scene more than I could see it. I was criticised for focussing too much on action on my post and I think the same advice could apply here. For instance what does the rabbit look like? What effect do the squirrels have on the ground? What do the hummingbirds look like?

    If course these are only suggestions so please don’t take any of it as gospel, if you hate me and thing I’m a big dumb for writing this comment then I am!

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  2. Thank you for the suggestions and observations! It’s a challenge to figure out how much detail to include and how long to make a post!

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