To travel across the world invigorates the body, mind and soul. And if you’re like me and you love to plant your feet on new ground, then anywhere but home feels like the right place to be–for a specified period of time. But today, I realized, sometimes we rarely have to travel further than our backyard to feel like we’ve entered into a new world or wilderness, in my case. That’s because I noticed the downy woodpecker gnawing away at the suet block I placed on the berry tree in my backyard.
When I noticed the red tuft of feathers crowned atop his head, it brought me instant joy. And his presence in my backyard, especially during the holidays, transported me to a place way beyond my family room where I voyeuristically shot photos of him–before I conjured up this blog post.
Sure, downy woodpeckers aren’t the most rare species of bird, but then again, it’s not a bird that visits my yard everyday. So, I felt honored and humbled that he chose my yard today. Plus, because of these teen temps in Denver made me feel like he needed my yard as much as I needed a glimpse of his beauty today.
I assume he is a he, though I have no way to know his or her gender.
I encourage everyone to be content in between travels to those far flung destinations–and instead try to enjoy what’s in your own backyard at the moment. Because it may make you feel as if you’ve traveled further than you really have. And that’s the beauty of noticing what’s in the here and now–what’s right beneath your nose.