Henry David Thoreau said, "An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." Jacques Cousteau said, "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." Whether it is on land or in the sea both of these men were expressing their wonder and connection with the natural world.
Like Thoreau, I take a walk every morning around the lake behind my house. There I revel in the sounds of the forest. The rustling of the trees in the gentle breeze, the birds chirping and singing, the squirrels single-mindedly uncovering the nuts they stashed earlier in the week or even earlier in the year. This time of year I also pass by the mother duck guiding her little ones on their journey to adulthood, the Canada goose parents that inevitably hiss, fiercely protecting their goslings, or the garter snake slithering across the trail. Sometimes I am startled, as I was this week, when I rounded the corner only to see a coyote crossed the trail. S/he paused at the edge of the forest and looked back at me. For a moment, with both of us acknowledging the other, I felt a deep sense of camaraderie with him or her. Here we were, two species, simply trying to make our way in the world.