“When Nature made the bluebird, she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast.” (John Burroughs)
I love this quote because it combines two of my favorite things — bluebirds and John Burroughs! John Burroughs, for those not familiar, was a nature writer born in the 1830s, friend to Walt Whitman and John Muir, and his book “Accepting the Universe” is one of my top five favorite books ever. To me, it seems about the nearest thing to a Pantheist “Bible” there is. Even though it was written so many years ago, it’s still relevant today, and each sentence I read seems to eloquently echo my own thoughts and feelings.
(public domain photo)
This Eastern bluebird that lives in my neck of the woods has to be one of the most glorious creatures of Nature I’ve personally ever seen. Its brilliant flash of color takes my breath away, and I consider myself lucky to catch a glimpse of one. I have a bluebird house in my yard again, and it’s February, the time they come around scouting for nesting places, so maybe I’ll be fortunate enough to see some bluebirds this spring, maybe even a little family.