“and the Fear of Thee and the Dread of Thee Shall Be upon Every Living Thing…”

In short, stop thinking only of your own species’ immediate gratification and treat the natural world with a little love and humility. Oh, and an apology to the Earth for past abuses might be in order, as well.

Exposing the Big Game

— Genesis 9:2

Yesterday we came across a river otter who crossed the road about 30 yards in front of us and disappeared into our pond. No cars were around so he needn’t have been in a hurry, but still he was very business-like, loping purposefully from one waterway to the next. He didn’t stop and give us any extra time to appreciate his company, and clearly—though we meant him no harm and regarded him with respect—he didn’t seem to appreciate ours.

Similarly, on today’s walk along a road through the neighboring wetlands, a large flock of ducks took flight, putting as much distance between us and them as possible, as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, several pairs of Canada geese kept a wary eye on us as they

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson

honked their warning calls and ambled reluctantly behind the cover of some cattails and tall grass…

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1 thought on ““and the Fear of Thee and the Dread of Thee Shall Be upon Every Living Thing…”

  1. LOL, I think many humans fear and dread other humans too! It’s the way we choose to interpret these beliefs, I think. I believe we just have to let other animals live and be without our interference, if we mean well or otherwise. Why do we always have to stick our noses where they don’t belong? For example, who is the obsessive self-appointed with counting (and begrudging) the number of fish cormorants and sea lions are eating? Or elk and deer? Or on the other extreme ‘living side by side’ and singing kumbaya together. It’s ludicrous.

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