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The Lesson of a Good Day

Following up on my promise to myself to get out and do more birdwatching this year, I went to a place called Woods Reservoir today.  It's a large reservoir about twenty miles from here that is maintained jointly by the U.S. Air Force (Arnold Air Force Base abuts part of the reserve) and the Tennessee Wildlife Management Agency.  It has a good sized nesting population of Bald Eagles and is a wintering ground for a wide variety of duck species.  And so it shouldn't be tto surprising that in addition to seeing an eagle, I also saw Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, and many pairs of Hooded Merganser, which may be the most beautiful duck in North America.  Here, check out a picture.  Of course, Pintails are beautiful, too.

Anyway, it was a great morning.  I came back energized and wrote seven pages this afternoon.  So often I don't do something for myself because "I can't take the time out from my work."  But I almost always find that after taking the time out to look at birds or take pictures or just go for a walk, I work better, faster, more efficiently.  There's a lesson there, if only I'm smart enough to take it to heart.

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davidbcoe
Jan. 15th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Sounds wonderful. I wish we lived nearer to the coast. Of course I'd also like to live in the Mountain West. And in the desert. And in northern New England. There are a lot of very beautiful places in this country....
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