Where Do You Go?

For me, there is something captivating, even comforting about migration.  Even though my life on the ground may have changed over the year – I’ve lost loved ones, my father is in palliative care – in the spring, the birds return.  And while it does not make the losses easier, there is a serene kind of solace found in the predictable beauty of the cycles of nature.

Depending on the conditions of their geographical location, some Golden Eagles migrate, and some do not.
Depending on the conditions of their geographical location, some Golden Eagles migrate, and some do not.

The arrival of the migrating animals after their long journey exemplifies courage, and life’s triumph over adversity.   We look up and welcome the geese, not only as a sign of the changing seasons and spring’s renewal, but simultaneously as a symbol of perseverance, and life’s constancy.

A family of geese

That’s the thing about migration – it heralds change, but also continuity.  It is a process that transcends our existence here on earth: Migration was here before us, and continues without us. Just like when children grow, they make us more aware of the passage of time, migrations orient us to the seasons of life and create a sense of connection between the passing years.

There is something so worthwhile, so healthy about pausing, and remembering the processes in nature that transcend our own lifespans

Alicia and Neil’s Photography

Migration also reminds us of unseen bonds that connect us to other parts of the planet. We share something beyond ourselves; We share a living species that calls both of our lands home.

“Where Is Your Home, Restless Wings?”

In the modern era, it is harder for us to grasp the magic of migration.  We have developed the remarkable technology to connect with almost anyone, anywhere, instantly, but in so doing may be forgetting a time in recent history when distant lands were still mysterious, and the world felt much bigger.  Less than a century ago, simply receiving a letter from a different part of the world was an exciting event.  In some ways, migrating animals are like living, timeless emblems from distant lands; messengers reminding us of an intricate connection with people we will never meet, and places we might never see.

Reader Julia shared this picture of a beautiful Monarch, know for its epic migration.
Reader Julia shared this picture of a beautiful Monarch, known for its epic migration.

And just as I finished writing these reflections, the world outside my window was transformed over night by a fluffy snowfall, and the words on this post are now a farewell to fall.

How wonderful that the timeless truths of nature are right at our doorstep, and the simple act of stepping outside and looking at the sky can help us find comfort and perspective in our modern, everyday lives.

Mountain blue bird ANP
A beautiful Mountain Blue Bird:  Alicia and Neil’s Photography

Unless otherwise indicated, all of today’s photos are from Alicia and Neil’s Photography.

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Last winter, I heard this song for the first time.  This song may have helped inspire this post.  I have to add that I love this band, and they seem to share my poetic obsession with birds.

Would you like to learn more?  Here are some links to organizations that are working hard to preserve habitat so that life on earth can stay diverse, and migrating animals can persevere.  Every bit we do helps, and these organizations are making a real difference.

World Wildlife Fund

World Wildlife Fund International

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Sign a petition to protect Caribou habitat or  Learn more about CPAWS

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Carina Spring

Hi! So glad you stopped by my little blog, where I joyfully embrace creativity. Here, at Home... hurrah!, I celebrate the beauty and depth of everyday moments, explore what life has to teach us, and share some of the interesting things I see and learn along the way. Thanks for the visit!

11 thoughts on “Where Do You Go?”

  1. Thank you Carina, that gave a me a lovely tranquil pause for reflection. You’re right, the cycles of nature do connect us and help us accept the circle of time and loss. I’m sorry to hear about your father – I send love and strength to you xx

  2. Dear Carina, I loved this post so much. So wonderful to pause and think about the cycles of nature and migration. It always seems to be a dark, chilly late afternoon when I hear flocks of birds going overhead, heading south. Makes me want to turn up the heat, cozy up with a blanket and a good book, ready for winter’s hibernation. The photos are stunning, thank you. When spring comes and the birds return, it’s such a comfort. Reminder that life will go on and there’s such a beauty to the seasons. One of my favorite changes of season are fall leaves. Isn’t it amazing and interesting the vibrant beauty that’s strangely brought about by death? It’s actually in the process of dying that the leaf turns the brilliant shades of scarlet, yellow and orange….Have a beautiful weekend, Carina. Thanks for this thoughtful post. Your dad is in my thoughts and prayers. xo

    1. Hi Allie, thank you so much for the kind words. Thanks also for the beautiful reflections – so true about the leaves and the beauty of the seasons. I have to smile – I always say that same thing when winter sets in, it gives me this sense that I want to get cozy and hibernate! Enjoy the weekend. Xo

  3. That’s a really beautiful way to look at migration. Even though it means change, there is a constancy to it that’s actually pretty impressive.
    And thank you for sharing all of those beautiful photos – your post is like a gallery!

    1. Hello Jay. Thank you so much for the comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the pictures. If you click on the purple links under them, you can see a whole lot more of them at the photographers’ website. They are my aunt and uncle, and have travelled extensively to take pictures. They do crazy things, like waking up at three in the morning and hiking up trails to catch the perfect picture of a castle at sunrise, or sleeping on the The Great Wall of China to capture pictures at unique times. They are also into nature photography. They do it all as a hobby, and have a wonderful passion for it.

  4. True. Nature can remind us of what is important. It can stop us from running, if you are willing to slow down.
    Birds migrating can convey such a powerful message, you are so right. I never thought of it that way. I will pay more attention from now on. thanks.

    1. Hi Mila, thank you so much for the visit and the comment. I was remembering the beautiful gardens that you posted the other day, and how you love to take your children there. What a gift you are giving them by teaching them to relax and appreciate nature. Glad you enjoyed the post. Take care!

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