Sunday was a special day bringing sunny skies and warm breezes inspiring Bill and I to enjoy a peaceful and meditative stroll through the forest trail leading us around three large ponds in the Earth Sanctuary on our island. In the center of Fen pond is a large floating bog that is over 10,000 years old. In the bog are canals where the water ducks silently paddle through while dipping their beaks into the water gathering food floating on the surface. The sanctuary is a wildlife preserve where many migrating birds come to nest or stop to rest while gathering food before heading to their destination; or, some animal stay year round. If you stand quietly and patiently wait the squirrels, bull frogs, turtles, river otter and a variety of birds will suddenly appear before your eyes around the edge or in the pond. Sunday, was a quiet day (maybe they were spending time with their mothers) with not a lot of activity but we did see one beautiful male wood duck paddling quietly searching for food. We figured his mate was settled into one of the wood duck boxes keeping the eggs warm. On Middle pond we saw two green tailed teal ducks moving together across the pond. As usual, the many Canada geese were making a noisy ruckus on the bog attacking invading geese if any should get near its mate or the nest. Later this week, I will return with a friend to monitor the wood duck activity and observe the other wildlife for the Whidbey Audubon. As we leave the sanctuary down the long driveway, we are quiet with a feeling of peace and contentment within us. A special gift for Mother’s Day. Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful earth!