Nature can cast a spell on us and transport us to a magical world of trees and plants that host the creatures with which we share this planet. We honor all those who share their work describing in verse and portraying in their photographs these astoundingly beautiful flora and fauna.
Ensorcelled by Lisa Owens Viani This winter the siskins blew in on the wind, which soughed through the orchard soaking everything with soft drops. It’s a siskin irruption, one more disruption in a world upside down. In late January a flicker arrived uttering a royal shriek!— drilling into the siding, darting into the owl’s box, and proclaiming it hers: gazing out over the meadow with her dark eye; her breast in its ermine vest ringed in a black necklace, she’s encircled in the entrance hole, leaving us ensorcelled: Queen of the Orchard.
Lisa Owens Viani is co-founder and executive director of Raptors Are the Solution (RATS).
— Jane and Tom Kelly of Greens at Work shared Lisa Owens Viani’s poem and the accompanying photos.