‘Twas the night after Christmas*
‘Twas the night after Christmas and I sat at my desk,
trying to decide which photos were best.
To the refuge I’d been three times in December.
I was writing a blog post to help me remember.
All of these pictures I selected with care.
In hopes that they’d make you feel like you’re there.
This light on the Fish Camp made me pause for a bit.
When the pandemic’s over, we’ll stop in and sit.
Going into the refuge the river’s reflection,
painted this scene approaching perfection.
Kingfishers on Black Point are loud and brash.
But I managed to catch one, heading off in a flash.
A Common Yellowthroat posed in the brush.
Then he flew away in a very big rush.
Storks in formation soared by above,
A wonderful subject to make photos of.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear?
A pretty pink spoonbill, preening quite near.
Other birds to the refuge, they also came.
It’s wonderful to see them and call them by name.
Now Ospreys, Shovelers, Pelicans and all,
Now egrets and herons, with all of your calls,
Now woodpeckers, cardinals, eagles, owls and more,
So many birds along the shore!
Large birds, small birds, short birds and tall,
stay for a while, don’t dash away all!
And I exclaimed as I turned out the light:
“HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL,
AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”
Note: I ended up visiting Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge three times this month and I had so many unused images from these trips that I decided to re-do a post from December 2019 with updated words to fit the new photos. MINWR is a truly wonderful place – especially at this time of year. I’m very grateful that I live close by!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope this holiday season brings each and every one of you and your loved ones peace and joy. I know the pandemic has been extra challenging and not being with family is especially hard at Christmas time. Stay safe and take care of each other so we can all enjoy the better times that are on the way for 2021!
This is my last post of 2020, but I’ll be back next Sunday with another one. Until then, have a happy and safe New Year!
©2020, Ed Rosack. All rights reserved.
*With sincere apologies to Clement Clarke Moore.