I’ve been in Florida for the past several weeks taking care of my mom who is quite ill.

One thing I’ve learned from Susan J. Tweit about this process is that it’s really important to find the beauty of nature around me each day. In this way I am able to find some peace and solace and renew my own spirits.

Yesterday on the way to the hospital, I noticed a very large bird in the front yard of someone’s home. It took a few seconds for it to sink in that this was NOT a Great Blue Heron as I originally thought, this was a Sandhill Crane! I made a Uturn and pulled the car over by the side of the road, only to see that there was a whole group of these beautiful birds hanging out in someone’s garden.

As I watched I was filled with joy to see them playing and performing a beautiful dance. One would pick up a small branch with several leaves on it and toss it into the air. Others would join in and try to grab the branch so they could toss it, too.

They appeared to be playing, and it was so much fun to watch them!

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