This week’s photo, taken the morning of May 10, 2013 at Meadowbrook Pond in northeast Seattle, WA, features a MALLARD duckling, one of five baby Mallards seen by me and a boy with an eye for nature.
A few weeks ago, I am standing along the bank of Meadowbrook Pond while observing the bird life there. As I stare at the water, my eyes detect movement about 100 feet across the pond, but it’s not a bird I have spotted. Instead, it’s two-dozen school children who are walking across the boardwalk that cuts through the middle of the urban wildlife sanctuary. The kids are accompanied by 5 adults: two in front, one in the middle, and two bringing up the rear. Each adult is equipped with the Two Essentials: a cup of coffee and a smart phone. Everyone is traveling at a no-nonsense pace; the group’s mantra through the sanctuary seems to be: “keep moving.”
As I watch them stream across the wooden pathway, I think about how sad it is that nature surrounds them, yet none of them is taking the time to appreciate a bird or an insect or even a tree. They might as well be marching through a mall.
Just a few feet from the school group, a pair of MALLARDS is floating on the pond, along with 5 incredibly cute babies. But no one from the group notices, until one young boy, with wandering eyes, glances over the railing and peers into the pond below. He then stops abruptly and starts screaming:
LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!
He is over-the-top excited. He pleads with everyone and anyone to stop and look at those darling little ducklings. Unfortunately, the others have no time for nature. They need to keep moving. What a shame.