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June 18, 2009

Palemale on his favorite Westside perch, Wednesday evening.

June 18, 2009: All three Riverside Park babies have fledged and are doing well. The first baby is intent on exploring the area of the park bordering the southbound lanes of the Westside Highway. It's tough to see them venture close to danger but sooner or later they will have to learn to deal with it so I can only wish the best for them. Late Thursday evening I once again had to discourage him from getting too close to the dangerous roadway.

All images above photographed on Wednesday June 17, 2009.

I didn't want to leave the tiny strip of land sandwiched between the highway and the entrance ramp. There was a low thick tree on one end and concrete barriers on the highway side. The noise was overbearing normally but worse when a Metro North train passed under.

But once my eye caught a bee landing on one of the many wild flowers I could barely hear the traffic or feel the rumble of the speeding train below.

Butterflies found the beautiful meadow also and when I knelt down I saw more insects and other tiny creatures.

There are even places like this on a wild meadow for a few happy raindrops to sit and bask in the sunshine.

Though it was the hawks perched on the lampposts which brought me over to this wild meadow, it was the insects which made me linger there even after the hawks had flown.

This is what a lawn will turn into if it is left alone to be cared for by Nature--no pesticides, no carcinogenic chemicals. Just a beautiful, soft place to sit or lie and sleep or be enchanted by the wild flowers and enchanting little animals.

But just a few days later the meadow was gone.

Someone decided that the bees and the butterflies should not have their flowers and grass. There was no place for happy raindrops to sit and bask in the sunshine.

Something tells me that since there are many sad bees and butterflies wandering about looking for their lost flowers that someone will answer their call and soon there will be more happy places for them to sit and play and busy themselves in the Sun and in the rain and eventually there will be no one to take their flowers away.


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