Made your day
Apart from being the sailfish capital of the world and a cute place with a charming downtown, Stuart preserved patches of wildlife and pristine beauty with little ponds and lakes, hidden creeks in the most unexpected places, and snooping rabbits. It’s not just about parks and recreations, but Stuart that is enshrouded from everyday view , and revelas its secrets all of a sudden. Explore every nook and cranny of its back streets from both East and West of US1 (leaving the colossal Walmart out of site), and you will get this out-of town feel of being drifted away to some remote countryside. More you walk – more you discover. Rabbits prying around the thick shrubs and dense vegetation. A tawny little fox making its appearance in a flash of a moment and sneaking back into nowhere. A turtle pining for water and slowly waddling towards it . Some motions are so swift that cannot be captured by a camera, but still make memories. Ducks and herons grant a lovely scenic picture for bird-watchers when they dart into water to seize their prey day after day. But sandhill cranes – the noble residents of the area with royal crimson foreheads – are not that available as other dwellers. These majestic birds like to take you by surprise and enchant you with mesmerizing spell.
If you live somewhere by the pond, they may emerge in your front yard. These birds love to walk in pairs. Anton Chekhov’s famous quote – “A human being should be entirely beautiful: the face, the clothes, the mind, the thoughts”- unquestionably applies to the sandhill cranes, even if we have to translate thoughts into instincts. In nature, all languages mirror each other. Maybe those who hunt them up north for tasty flesh , should remember that Celtic lore banned eating meat of crane, as reported by Julius Caesar. Per their beliefs, the bird represented a shape-shifted human, mostly a woman. What if she was, and still carries this classy and graceful posture of her regal prototype. Fortunately, some ancient taboos are eco-friendly.
Although not endangered species, the sandhill cranes are very sensitive to their habitat. The local papers caution not to feed them as processed foods may affect their health. The birds certainly prefer mother nature’s pantry.
Their stance reminds that of Anton Chekhov –reserved, subtle, intelligent and slightly ironic – by no means disdainful. They never come too close and keep respectful distance to examine you through the lenses of perfection. Let’s try not fail them. After all, the sandhills cranes perk up your day.