A Visit to My Brother

A Ponderosa Pine at my brother’s home

Good Day, God!

My brother, Dave and his wife Barba retired  years ago to Grass Valley in California’s Gold Rush country. The Ponderosa pines were part of why Dave selected the area. As he said, who expected “Grass Valley” to be full of ponderosa pines? Pine trees, blackberry bushes, and right in the center of their property is a Pond. It would be a winter pond except that Dave had it “improved” by sealing its bottom and pumping well water into it all during the summer.

The pond is home to water lilies, frogs, assorted fish and visiting Wood Ducks. Dave has built nesting boxes for the ducks. The entrance is so small I couldn’t believe they could get in. Dave explained that the instructions for the nest box were very precise. Too big a hole would let raccoons get their egg-stealing little hands in!

Wood ducks are the most beautiful of all ducks but the nesting season was over and the birds had flown off. Their ducklings had been protected from hawks and other predators by a pair of Redwing Blackbirds. The Blackbirds were such good parents that all the baby birds around them benefited.

My brother has created a lovely oasis. Barba has created beautiful gardens filled with flowers and herbs.

Caring is a wonderful thing, God. Whether it is a pair of Redwing Blackbirds protecting baby birds from Hawks — or Dave and Barba tending their little Eden.  Caring for Your World, God, is such a good thing to do.

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