Georgia On My Mind
(Header Image: Pecan Tree)
Great segments of the land were decorated in pink. Just for us. Narrow dirt roads had been given the color of the interior of a perfectly baked sweet potato. Just for us. Bright blue skies were punctuated with fluffy formations that were enlarged versions of the cotton which will bloom later this summer. Just for us.
The pink in the landscape was due to thousands of peach trees beginning to bloom. We’ll return in the summer for fresh fruit and preserves. The red clay back roads of rural Georgia will have to wait, also, for our return to explore. Family affairs consumed our time and energy on this visit.
Our niece and her husband have a lovely home in central Georgia and we thank them for being such gracious hosts. Several acres of pecan trees provided a restful setting and more than a few helpings of fresh snacks. As I explored, I would grab two freshly-fallen pecans from the ground, crack them open and dig out the sweetest meat any nut could offer. Migrating birds seemed to be everywhere. They were interfering with my foraging.
The bulk of the avian visitors were Yellow-rumped Warblers, Chipping Sparrows, House Finches and American Robins. Several other guests made cameo appearances and after a couple hours of wandering (and munching) I had counted over 20 different species just in the back yard!
Events of the world and the ebb and flow of familial relationships require our attention, sometimes to the point of physical and emotional exhaustion. In such times, it is comforting to know that Nature offers us a source of stability which is calming and refreshing to our souls.
A few images four-hundred miles from home.
A Northern Mockingbird, singing the enthusiastic spring song of love for his mate.
Chipping Sparrows were feeding non-stop as they fuel up for their return to breeding grounds.
Resident birds, such as this Red-bellied Woodpecker, are preparing nesting sites and getting ready to raise new families.
Eastern Bluebirds were also busily carrying nesting material around the yard, singing and generally looking gorgeous while doing it all.
The most abundant bird was the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Literally dozens of them hopped around the yard snatching up all sorts of bugs.
Several dozen American Robins flew over the area during the day and about a half-dozen were in the yard most of the time.
A Tufted Titmouse whistled his clear call and rummaged along a pecan tree poking his bill under the bark hoping to find lunch.
With bright golden eyes, Common Grackles perched atop the tallest trees and loudly proclaimed this was their kingdom!
More bright color in the yard! A Pine Warbler staged from a branch as he plunged into the grass, grabbed a bug and returned to the tree to gulp it down.
Tree inspector. A Downy Woodpecker gives his attention to something he spotted within a broken limb.
High-pitched whistling signaled the arrival of a group of Cedar Waxwings. These handsome birds didn’t stay long as they had a schedule to keep on their way to Canada.
As spring arrives, many birds experience a change in plumage. This Palm Warbler is transitioning from a fairly drab brown non-breeding appearance to brighter, crisper and more colorful feathers.
A few pecans gathered for further sorting.
Take two steps. Gather two pecans. Crack ’em. Eat ’em. Repeat.
Pecans ready to pick.
An old barn on a country road and a very old Ford pick-up truck. It appeared the barn likely housed a cotton gin at one time and was probably also used for grain storage.
Pink was everywhere! A peach blossom promised us a fresh juicy fruit when we return.
It was good to visit with relatives and to have a change from our routine. Observing familiar birds in new settings and seeing different landscapes provided a fresh perspective.
Enjoy your search for a natural place and come back for a visit!