Pigeon Paradise

Pigeon Paradise

A Story by barleygirl
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living near wilderness . . .

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Living on the edge of wilderness, my days are graced by the comings and goings of wild creatures in their habitat. Wildlife is not as influenced by human patterns here. Their micro-migrations are a response to whatever nature is serving. Maybe a couple mornings in a row, I’ll hear coyotes yipping down by the creek and then I won’t hear any nearby for months. Sometimes I see deer and wild pigs browsing, but not regularly. Each sighting is a lesson to slow down and pay attention to the gift being offered in that moment.

Here we are in mid-May and it’s still cool and rainy, which is uncommon in our drought-prone climate. The pigeons are fluttering in abundance these recent weeks, especially after rain showers bring bugs and worms to the surface. I’ve never seen so many pigeons that are so big and plump! I’m not a bird watcher in particular, but sometimes I can’t resist pulling out my binoculars and gazing out my kitchen window. Since I live on a bluff above a creek, my cabin is in the treetops. I look out across a swath of oaks and sycamores growing up from the ravine below. This is prime pigeon gazing up here!

These pigeons are spooked more easily than most birds out here. Just the quiet sliding of my front glass door will startle those gathered in my rocky dirt driveway for a damp breakfast. From my vantage point, I watch them all flutter at once up to the small scrub oaks across my tiny country lane. Tail feathers fan out as they fly, showing off distinct charcoal and slate stripes, with matching markings on their wings. It’s a striking sight, despite trees thick with bursting leaves this wet spring. I’ve never seen these skittish birds inside my fence, but if they ever try it, such a crowd could wipe out my blueberries and blackberries in minutes. Good thing there are many wild berries forming on nearby bushes.

From my kitchen window, I spy a carpet of medium-tall trees punctuated by a tall pine, then a spreading live oak, and finally the massive sycamore that dominates my scene. A pigeon flock flies in a familiar pattern along the tallest trees, lighting for a few minutes in between sweeps. Fluttering along, the flock looks like a feathery, lacy shawl draped from tree to tree, punctuated by distinctive tail stripes. They always fly in unison, close together, but then they spread out when they reach a tree. Rarely will two birds occupy the same part of a limb.

Coming out of a wild winter season, I’ve gotten used to all the flatlanders being gone for many months. It’s so quiet when there are no yahoos shooting off a hundred rounds in a few minutes or rearranging leaves with a noisy leaf blower on weekends so the afternoon breeze can rearrange them during the week. Pretty soon the summer heat will return along with those who cannot soak in the wilderness without roaring up and down hills on a four-wheeler. All this mechanical noise and human disruption will chase away wildlife that have been coming in close. That’s why I savor every sighting of my fluttering pigeons.

© 2019 barleygirl


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This is a marvelous slice of life, uttered in clear and concise language and reveling in the things that most take for granted. Your paintings are among my favorites. I am sorry have been absent the last few, been battling trying to keep my business afloat and only make it back now and again for brief visits. I can see I have some catching up to do in your case for sure. By the way, wonderful book!!!

Posted 5 Months Ago


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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I am going thru a phase where I'm deeply appreciating living here. My landlords are putting this pla.. read more
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I agree with Crowley there. This indeed is magnificent.

Posted 4 Months Ago


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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Well, now summer is in full swing around here, so all the human noise is at a fever pitch . . . the .. read more
What a wonderful place you live in. And waht a beautiful way you have to tell us about it. I'm so happy I came back to Writters Cafe, after a long long absence. I enjoy this readings so much. Thank you.

Posted 4 Months Ago


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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

This review is as refreshing as watching the pigeons peck the ground out front on a fresh foggy morn.. read more
Oh i do love to sit on your porch Margie :) I so envy your scenery I get so little nature living in the city and running a business takes so much of my time (and I'm getting older and don't have the energy I used to have) i rarely get to do any excursions these days. You always paint such lovely scenes in my mind:)

Posted 5 Months Ago


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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

I have completely lost my desire to go places. I just love being here, soaking in this solitude & wi.. read more
One of the great things about retirement is that you have time to appreciate the natural life around you. You have pigeons. This year we have dozens of starlings who noisily flock into our garden and empty our bird feeders within a few hours. Our poor bluetits and greenfinches have to wait their turn.
I love your detailed observations of ALL the natural life that surrounds you, which makes we "townies" realise what we have lost to the mechanical and electronic world.
(((Hugs))) Norm.

Posted 5 Months Ago


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barleygirl

4 Months Ago

The pigeons have just about moved on, now that the summer noise is cranking up around here! Now I'm .. read more
I loved this view of your paradise. Your story brings out the wonders of the ever-teeming-with-life, humongous, magical nature. I marvelled at the ability of nature to patiently restore what we, humans, keep disturbing so insolently. You bring the vibrance and vitality of this microcosm to your reader. All who read this delightful story would want to live as you do, at the edge of that wonderful wilderness. Beautifully written, Margie!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

4 Months Ago

Thank you for a beautiful review! I feel many people would hate living the way I do, but they love h.. read more
I love your style of watching and telling in a perfect language and clarity. Pigeons,symbols of peace and serenity, you draw us into that gorgeous realm of the inner and outer. The truth spoken echoes through your space through ridges and valleys. From the wheelchair to flying, our will and imaginations are uncomparable.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I just had an epiphany lately & the last line of your review adds to it. When I'm around people, the.. read more
Sami Khalil

5 Months Ago

Wow! Wonderful. You are welcome muchly.
Keen and entertaining goings on as seen from Margie's cabin and through her marvelous eyes. May the four-wheelers all get flats, the leaf-blowers not start, and the pigeons stay the heck away from your berries.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Thank you for getting at my core anxieties! *wink! wink!* The cool temps & rain have kept the flatla.. read more
I never saw pigeon in Monterey or Big Sur. Did I miss them? They were the ocean birds. I have my birds in my yard. They love my trees and they make the cat crazy. In Michigan, pigeons own the cities. Always a pleasure to read your work dear Margie.
Coyote

Posted 5 Months Ago


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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

I rarely see pigeons here, usually they stay in the wildest parts of the wilderness. I'm amazed at h.. read more
I love this, the great care you take in leading us.
There is no manipulation only honest disclosure. From my backyard rocker I enjoyed switching to your view.

Posted 5 Months Ago


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barleygirl

5 Months Ago

Thank you for sharing the central joy of my life -- living in this amazing location! (((HUGS))) Fond.. read more
Beautifully written nature piece dear Margie. Calming, factual narrative with authentic, vivid imagery creates a peaceful environment in our minds. I don’t think I’ve seen a White Sycamore- or maybe a long time ago- and your radiant picture is so zen-like. Nature gives us everything. All we have to do...is leave it alone...no poaching, no encroaching. She knows best. Leave her to tend her children the way she knows how. Enjoy your wonderful view my friend!

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

5 Months Ago

After becoming disillusioned with living here, due to the tough winter, now I'm going thru a renaiss.. read more

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