Wildlife Passion

I do have a passion for wildlife.  But that's not what this post is about.  As I've observed wildlife over the years I've wondered if animals love.  If they love, do they argue?  Some animals mate for life.  So it would stand to reason that they do have relationships.

 Olives  (Tillicum Beach Campground, Oregon Coast)

Olives  (Tillicum Beach Campground, Oregon Coast)

But relationships are not all snuggles and sloppy kisses.  It's not always clear who should lead and who should follow on any particular task.

 California Sea Lions  (Sea Lion Caves, Oregon Coast)

California Sea Lions  (Sea Lion Caves, Oregon Coast)

Relationship roads inevitably get rocky.

 Beavers   (Alsea River, near Blackberry Campground, Oregon Coast)

Beavers   (Alsea River, near Blackberry Campground, Oregon Coast)

But it's always nice to have a trusted companion who will share the work with you. Achieving something together brings great satisfaction.

 Mallard mom with ducklings  (Butt Lake, near Ponderosa Campground, No California)

Mallard mom with ducklings  (Butt Lake, near Ponderosa Campground, No California)

The results of a long and lasting relationship is rewarding in SO many ways!

 River Otters   (Alsea River, near Blackberry Campground Oregon Coast)

River Otters   (Alsea River, near Blackberry Campground Oregon Coast)

Some relationships are blessed with little ones; which include their own set of challenges and rewards.

 Uinta Ground Squirrels    (Lodgepole Campground, near Strawberry Reservoir, Utah)

Uinta Ground Squirrels    (Lodgepole Campground, near Strawberry Reservoir, Utah)

Nothing tugs at a mother's heart more than baby kisses.

 Harbor Seals   (Alsea Bay, Waldport, Oregon Coast

Harbor Seals   (Alsea Bay, Waldport, Oregon Coast

It's that first devious look in your child's eyes that makes you realize that it's all up to you.  You have to teach them how to get along...how to love.

 Bald eagle adult and youth   (Tillicum Beach Campground)

Bald eagle adult and youth   (Tillicum Beach Campground)

You do all you can to teach them independence; working through the attitudes of youth.

 Hummingbirds   (Lodgepole Campground, near Strawberry Reservoir, Utah)

Hummingbirds   (Lodgepole Campground, near Strawberry Reservoir, Utah)

Then there's the empty nest and it's just the two of you again.  Remember why you fell in love.  Kindness and forgiveness may be needed now more than ever.

(Are we still talking about wildlife?)

Can you imagine going through the whole child-bearing/rearing/empty nest cycle in one year or less?  And then to start it all over again and again.  They probably get better and better at it though.