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62 - CAPE GAZETTE Friday, January 5 - Monday, January 8, 2007 Park Continued from page 59 er in a nearby tree and we have a good, clear look at it. As this is my wife's favorite bird, I normal- ly would take in every detail. The bird goes into the water for a fish then flies to another tree probably to eat its catch. But I'm so taken by the moment that I am almost indifferent to this striking bird. The place owns me. In the afternoon we go out for the boat ride on the park's pond. We go through a packet of the trees, which is shady and comfort- able on this unusually warm day. In the water is a log on which there is new growth. There are some red-bellied turtles in one spot, about 20 in another and three smaller painted turtles. Then my eye falls upon some lily pads. The nineteenth century French impres- sionist painter Claude Monet painted water lilies and I'm partial to them. One billows up in the center with curled brown at the edges. As we go down a stretch, thick with trees I dreamily realize we could be in Florida, not Delaware. We reach a beaver lodge; all too soon it's time to go back. As the boat returns people are silent; there is only the dull "putt, putt" and the slight vibration of the engine. We pass the painted turtles again. Lucky things, they get to be here at dawn and dusk and bask it those silent sym- phonies. People are now whisper- ing. I'd like to believe that it's not to disturb the silence. Is it reverie or weariness? A woodpecker, perhaps a red- belly, flies from an overhead tree. It's not the maybe-not-extinct, ivory-billed woodpecker, some- times called the Lord God bird. However in this pond, in my mind, the ordinary lives in a state of aesthetic grace. In the water are two small bits of fallen goose down, perhaps from a passing flock. Some turkey vultures fly overhead. A lone great blue heron, tall and stately, perches on a low stump in the water. It's a model for a wood carving; where's the carver? A double crested cor- morant perches on a pale green tree snag. As the boat approaches it turns and spreads its black wings so that its feathers are "clear enough to be counted. But count quickly. It flies low over the water and I can hear its wings beating. As the boat is about to dock there are two great blue herons flying across the water, one in back of the other. Their necks dip down then up, their heads forward and bills straight. Some plum col- oring shows on their backs. It's all too much. That's when I realize that on my birthday I want to somehow be magically transported back here with my wife. This is truly a place to share with someone you love. Michael Givant is a retired col- lege professor. He and his wife have birded extensively. There is only one other place that he's wished to go back to on his birth- day. lf youare curious, email him at givant@ Veterinarian to discuss holistic healing The Mispillion Kennel Club will host a visit from veterinarian Dr. Sandra Ziemski, at its 7 p.m., Jan. 9-meeting, to be held in the Milford High School library. There is no charge for the meeting and guests are welcome. Ziemski is a 1990 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is also certified in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic. She has also had training in massage, Reiki, Chinese herbal medicine and veterinary orthopedic manipulation. Ziemski practices at a small animal holistic clinic in Stevensville, Md. Ziemski will discuss alternative medical therapies for pets. Delaware Seashore Parrot Heads elect newofllCei00 submitted PhOt " The Delaware Seashore Parrot Head Club recently elected new officers for two-year terms beginning Jan. 1. Shown (l-r) are Sylvia Diehl, treasurer;, Debbie Auld, vice president; Tanya Hammel, secretary; and Deb Hoff, president. For information on joining the Parrot Head Club, composed of Jimmy Buffett fans, visit or call Deb Holt at 302-736-6245. "Great brings to life Sussex County's past in design. Its elements relate to the county's earliest settlers: The 1630 flag colors of the Netherlands, The English and William Penn s sheaf-of-whehl. retreated by Bill centennial, the flag's styled for the painter Connie Today - it is available free to new subscribers (or for a nominal cost $10 to the public), including " steel mounting screws. - O@BO0@ IPO Oe @ 00 Illl@@l @ @ @ 00 @ @@ @ @@@ @0@0 @ @ 0 @@ @6t Check any new subscription: f21 $57 Sussex County (two years) El $95 Out-of-County (two years) El $76 Snowbird (two years) receive your gift, mail this form and a check payable to: Cape Gazette P.O. Box 213 Lewes. DE 19958 Delmgrva - National Geographic announces their new Trails recreation map. Perfect for hiking,- biking, and experiencing the Peninsula, These waterproof, tear-resistant maps provide unique coverage to all eco-tourists at $14.95. To obtain your own D, Peninsula Recreational contact the Cape Gazette (302) 645-7700, or visitil