The Armadillo wasn't the only visitor to my campsite during my
grand adventure. Although the Yellow-rumped Warbler
(Dendroica coronata) breeds on or near my property in
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and is a daily visitor, I was
simply delighted to stroll into my site
after an early morning hike to find ......
.....who was a curious about me as I was about him.
Maybe this little guy recognized me from Cape Breton
and was wondering what I was doing way down here in TX, too.
I am reminded of a post I recently read by Kim at An Oft Traveled Road
where she introduces the concept of the "beginner's mind"
from the practitioners of Zen Buddhism.
"Having a beginner’s mind", she writes, "means allowing a sense of openness and eagerness to come forward as you make new discoveries or as you learn to apply new meanings to what has become familiar." (Don't be misled by this - the article was actually about birds!!)
I re-interpret this as being just as excited with seeing the same species every day as I was the first time I was able to check them off on my 'lifelist'.