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In this world of New Proven Free Bargain Premium Solutions, it can certainly seem as if marketing hype has invaded every aspect of our lives. That’s one reason why even a short visit to Mud Lake, within the Britannia neighbourhood in west Ottawa, is therapeutic. I mean, Mud Lake? Not Azure Pond? Not Emerald Lagoon? Not even Mud Mere?
Nope, Mud Lake it is.
The other reason it’s good for the heart? The residents. Especially those who hang out in trees.
This juvenile pileated woodpecker (the last of a brood of three raised in this tree cavity) spent some time hollering and scanning the skies for an obliging parental unit before finally taking its first leap.
And who knew that at least one raccoon likes to sleep in a tree?
What struck me as odd was that the creature exquisitely adapted for trees looked, well, a bit anxious in that environment. Day One of life-in-flight didn’t look as exhilarating as I might have imagined. The shot that shows the feet off to the sides — The better to allow it to belly-up to the tree trunk, perhaps? — also shows the small tail pressed against the trunk. If that tail had a claw, can you doubt that it too would be pressed into service?
In contrast, the non-flight-enabled raccoon doesn’t seem to care that it’s snoozing 30 or more feet in the air without a net. Indeed, its posture exemplifies relaxation: My physiotherapist would be impressed.
These guys nicely illustrate that capability and confidence are not the same thing. And they remind me that while aging has its downsides, it isn’t all downside: More experience can drive a more-relaxed attitude if I will let it.