Turkeys…can you ever get enough of them?
This video is from a little over two months back. Just getting to it now.
It is late April as I write this. Turkeys haven’t been around for a bit.
We suspect they’re on their eggs. The nights have been uncharacteristically cool the past few weeks.
We’re expecting late Winter, early Spring temperatures next week.
All of which translates into abundance for predators.
The hens will stay on their eggs to protect them and become prey to coyote, wolf, bear, and wildcat. If they fly off, their eggs are eaten. When they stay, unless the predator isn’t very hungry or the size difference isn’t great enough, they’ll be prey and then the eggs will be eaten.
It is the way of The Wild.
Some say Nature is a cruel mother. Perhaps, by human standards.
Not by those who live in The Wild, who understand its ways.
Our ancestors demonstrated recognizable burial rituals up to 450,000 years ago, basically before we were humans.
Was that the point in time when Nature became a cruel mother?
And is she only cruel when we remember someone’s passing?
The rest of the time, our ancestors – and us to a degree – focused on their own survival, in the moment. Remembering those who’d passed could only be done in moments of rest, of peace, of comfort.
Our ancestors had precious few of those.
At some point burial rituals transformed from making sure those who’d passed would do well wherever they went to hoping we’ll do well when our time comes.
Punishment and Reward became the focus.
Our rituals became ones of control; if I do this, I’ll get that.
We created deities to ameliorate our fear of the unknown, all the while refusing to explore the unknown.
Except some did.
Originally, spiritual, eventually, scientific. And both spiritual and scientific serve the same purpose: to provide answers.
Meanwhile, the turkeys sit on their eggs, waiting for them to hatch.
Nature. Patience. Waitful. Watchful.