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The Peace of the Field

Find your own place of Peace

By Dr. Randy KaplanPublished about a year ago 3 min read
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I woke up this morning looking at our field. At the rear of our house, there is an expanse of land. Only a tiny part of our house property is part of the field. Looking out, I can see about 60% of the area. I've lived here for almost seven years. And the more I live in this place, the more I realize how extraordinary is the field behind my house.

My wife, bless her generous heart, takes care of the birds. They know that they can come for food. The variety is fantastic. For Christmas this year, I gave my wife a camera/feeder that photographs the birds when they land on it.

It's not just about birds. Many animals use the field for a stop-off or their home. Along with the birds, we have a community of squirrels sharing bird food. We welcome them also.

In our backyard, we have a small shed. It's my workshop. Under the workshop lives a family of groundhogs. We have several families of those living below. There were babies too.

A stand of tall trees spread across the whole area at the field's rear. During this time of year, you can see beyond the field. When the trees lose their leaves, it is easier to see the animals that live at the bottom of the trees.

At the bottom of the trees, two or three red foxes visit. They have been there for most years. Each time they are there, I try to get photos of them. They are beautiful animals.

I've made a lot of observations out there.

A bit further back on our neighbor's property is something my wife calls the habitat.

The habitat is a small stand of trees. In terms of the field, it is like a postage stamp on the area of the field space. During the winter, the plants in the habitat lose their leaves, which looks pretty bleak.

All the plants regrow their leaves in springtime and summertime, and the habitat becomes a veritable hive of activity.

The field is used by the birds and other animals that populate the expanse of the area. There is a constant coming and going from the habitat. Sometimes the groundhogs can be seen hanging off of a bush, eating leaves.

Sometimes our neighbors are annoyed by the habitat, so they cut it down to stalks. Cutting down the stalks seems to be the most they can do. Cutting the small patch of land takes a lot of work. When this happens, the animals leave. Fortunately, the "trimming" is mechanical, so the habitat regrows, and the animal inhabitants return. Thank goodness.

The expanse of field. Looking out at the area, one sees all of it bounded by the houses on three sides and then in the rear by the stand of trees.

One of the most salient features of the expanse is its peace. It is utterly quiet. There is never activity on the field -- at least that which you can see.

Even though its apparent state is quiet peace, quite a bit of activity goes on, on the surface. One year, early on, I took notice of a spider. I threw a macro lens on the camera, kneeled, and took photographs.

As I watched the spider, it was constructing its web. I blew on the web and watched the spider freeze (still). A bit of time passed, and it started to build the spider's web again.

The sun has now set on the field, so the area goes into hiding. It is still peaceful but also hidden. So no one, including me, knows what is going on. Soon, the expanse will be black or blue, depending on the ambient light. Regardless, the field is an inkwell of deep ink waiting for its pen to come along and write the story for the morning.

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Dr. Randy Kaplan

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