Since I got a Twitter shout out from the author of Zoomoods: A volunteer’s eye view of the Minnesota zoo, I decided I better get blogging! My passion for green really translates into a passion for nature more than an interest in green technology and such. Being around plants or animals transports me away from the worries of human life to a world not made with words. I like words, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes, the verbal part of my brain needs a rest. What IS the world of green and fur? Is it pure mathematics? Physics? Chemistry? What form do tiger thoughts take if they aren’t made out of words? The natural world is a playground I never tire of!
The following pelican encounter in Florida this summer took me wonderfully by surprise. I’ve always loved to watch units of pelicans skim across the gulf waters in perfect formation, so when I drifted out of the St. Petersburg Pier building and caught a glimpse of some pelicans coming in to land on a post, I cautiously approached for a close up view. I gradually got closer….and closer…..and even closer, much to my delight! Wow, these guys were friendly!
Upon closest encounter, however, I noticed something was missing. This guy/gal had only one foot.
And then I wished there had been a common language between us, some words to explain the adventure or tragedy of the missing foot. Perhaps this one had been nursed by humans, hence the friendliness to this woman with a camera. But maybe with no words, there was no strong memory of whatever mishap had befallen. This one just seemed happy to be alive, to preen some feathers, hang out with a pal, and smile for some pictures.