Venables Valley, British Columbia
Giving and Taking
Yes! May the 4th be with you!
Rohini Kumar, from Mexico, and I stuck to the major road, which isn’t really ‘major’ at all. Dirt and gravel. Yes—country style. Our steps were heard by the keen ears of wildlife. A few metres ahead of us, a coyote dashed across our ‘minor’ road. He was in a frisky mood, maybe even more than playful—passionate.
Not more than ten seconds later, a deer bolted past. Perhaps there was a connection between the two. Both species can be fairly active at this hour of the dawn.
Wolves have come into the area, wounding one of the dogs. One instance happened up at Mark’s place and displayed a clear intent of one wolf to prey on a puppy, but it only managed to get close. One of three dogs leapt in, in time to save the young one, but in the course of that anticipation of danger, the dog (maybe the mother) got injured and had to go to the vet.
Yes, nature can be nice, but a parallel runner to harshness. That’s what Mark and I spoke about and Rohini as well. The great reality about nature is its duality. Rohini was employed as a tourist guide in Mexico’s desert.
“The main concern there was snakes, rattlers and a few more things,” he said.
“I’ve seen rattlesnakes here in the valley, as well,” I mentioned.
Sure enough, one of my godsisters was struck by one last year. She needed treatment from the ‘human vet’.
Such is the world of nature. Very giving. Very taking.
May the 4th be with you!