Rivers, Ponds and a Little Bird

Yesterday was a beautiful day.
I chose the paths running along rivers and ponds.

… Let the woodpecker drum and drum on a hickory stump.
He has been swimming in red and blue pools somewhere hundreds of years
And the blue has gone to his wings and the red has gone to his head.
Let his red head drum and drum.

Let the dark pools hold the birds in a looking-glass.
And if the pool wishes, let it shiver to the blur of many wings, old swimmers from old places.

Let the redwing streak a line of vermillion on the green wood lines.
And the mist along the river fix its purple in lines of a woman’s shawl on lazy shoulders.

Carl Sandburg

8 thoughts on “Rivers, Ponds and a Little Bird

    • Dear Mitza. The variations in the landscape in which I live are spectacular. But I love to find all the corners and hideaways 🙂
      Therefore some people might disagree with me 🙂

  1. Aaaww, vandstær!!!
    I’m coming back to Denmark on 16-19 of December, I’ll be in Gedser for the weekend but then I have 1 day and 1 morning to fill in… but there are so many places I want to see: Staunings Ø, Raadvad, Flyvestation Værløse… Arg, what to choose! Any recommendation? 😀

    • Hi Samuel. There are loads of places to see. I would have suggested Rungstedlund, Rungsted, but the museum has closed on Monday. You could get acquainted with one of Denmark’s most outstanding authors, Karen Blixen/Out of Africa. Then you could go for a walk in an incredibly charming park where DOF stands for bird care 🙂 Read bird houses! Save that information for another time.
      I guess you are travelling by train? If you have rented a car you can make a stop on your way: Bird Towers at Boto/Boetoe, Falster.
      Here is a link to Maribo, Lolland not far from Gedser: Maribosøerne
      Long-eared owl is seen recently on Flyvestation Værløse.
      Sea eagle is seen on 29.11.2017 at Fiskebæk / Furesøen.
      One of my favourite places is Luknam, Furesøen. The landscape is beautiful and the sea eagle has his own dinner table in the winter season, read coots. Here are ducklings of all sorts too. I’ve seen the white throated dipper on Luknam.
      If you are going by train: The way to Luknam
      Lovely to hear from you.
      All the best and happy travel,

      • So, you go a-birding, as William Shakespeare would have said.
        Long-eared owl, I’ve seen once. They nested close to where I live and got a lot of chicks that made a fearful noise while begging for food. The sea-eagles have increased plentifully the last few years. Is that so where you live as well? The peregrine falcon has increased too. I see them here every year now. Some ten years ago, sightings of both peregrines and sea-eagles were extremely rare.

        It is in the comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” that Falstaff can see Mistress Ford because her husband has gone a-birding: http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/play_view.php?WorkID=merrywives&Act=3&Scene=5&Scope=scene if you want to have a look at that scene.

      • Thanks a lot for commenting, Ellington. Did you know about Shakespeare and his starling? You can talk about birding here 🙂
        The birds of Shakespeare cause US trouble
        King Henry IV Part I,3
        But I will find him when he lies asleep,
        And in his ear I’ll holla Mortimer!
        I’ll have a starling shall be taught to speak
        Nothing but Mortimer, and give it him,
        To keep his anger still in motion.

        We have a great progress in the big birds of prey in Denmark. Work is being done to attract the birds.
        All the best,

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