Animals are living creative beings that helps you reconnect with nature.
When you are a stakeholder in something you participate in it, benefit from it and have a say in it. The problem of beautiful experiences in nature such as a singing bird, a rainbow or a colourful sunset is that I am the spectator in something I have no involvement in, thus the impact upon my intellectualised mind is minimal. What impacts me the most is that which I can participate in, which is where animals help in opening a connection to nature for me.
Weekend morning I was walking across Abbeyfields Colchester when I came across a young black retriever dog running free. Dogs can mind read you by looking at your eyes and face, this giving me the ability to convey things to dogs without the owner being aware. The dog looked intently at me, I gave my face “come on then” and it ran towards me, I rewarded it with such a fuss that it sat there its eyes giving the look it was in doggy heaven. Those are happy moments for me where I can connect with an animal just for the fun of it.
I had overdone the purchase of reduced price brown bread that filled my fridge, so I emptied the fridge of all the bread, heading down to the Colchester river to feed the swans. First up was a lone swan backed up by a few ducks. Six brown rolls was the reward for the swan, it plodded out of the water right next to me and I ended up hand feeding it, bitten in the cold my fingers hurt.
Time was moving on, it was getting dark, I abandoned the swan to go looking for more swans to get rid of my burden of bread faster. I came across five swans, three young swans, mum and dad at a lake adjacent to the river. Two swans straight out of the water, three stayed in the water, which I hand fed. More pain to my fingers in the cold from hungry beaks. Last was six rolls that had turned rock hard, I tried to crush them as best I could and then threw them in the lake for the swans hoping the water would soften them. I left the swans working at breaking those rolls up. Thus ended my adventures with animals that allowed me to participate with a living creative aspect of nature.