Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nature's New Year Brings Hope and a Hawk

The new year arrived on time in the botanical garden as it always does -- in it's slow and beautiful way. The rains revealed that plants who seemed to be sleeping were actually just waiting for a new beginning. New growth in the garden seems to deliver a hopeful message.

This January's visit of an Immature Red-tailed Hawk is also a good sign. Sometimes the garden is a place of learning, sometimes it's a place to pull weeds, and then sometimes it's just a place to sit and enjoy the accomplishment of doing absolutely nothing but watching nature and listening closely.

Just writing this post, I am thinking the message the garden is telling me lately is that change is a natural process I should expect and embrace. I love that about the garden.

All of us at the MBBG wish you a new year of beauty, wonder and new beginnings and we sincerely hope you get a chance to do nothing in the botanical garden sometime soon.

Pictured above: This stunning photo of an Immature Red-Tailed Hawk was taken by Julie Gonella.


Julie said...

This year, the El Nino rains have revitalized the Garden BIG TIME! Stop by and see all the blooming ceanothus and sages. They are breathtaking!

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