Yesterday at the 2021 NW Idea House site, I had a chance to truly take in the beauty of the surroundings. On days where we are moving or disturbing dirt, we have a Supervisor there full-time specifically to monitor work and best practices to ensure protection and no disturbance to the nearby wetlands and eco-system. This day it was I, and what a glorious place to honor and preserve!
This male red dragon fly was watching me almost all day. The Japanese consider red dragonflies to be “very sacred,” offering a symbol of courage, strength, and happiness. American Indians believe red dragonflies can “bring a time of rejuvenation after a long period of trials and hardship.” I can relate, as I could not help but think of what it took permit and cost wise to get us to this point. We are grateful for all the effort, and appreciate the why.
A majestic Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) sat peacefully with his back to us most the time as he watched the water for any ripple before taking flight. He sat motionless for hours it seemed.
Being watched by a female Columbian Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus). They love the coniferous forest and tall grasses. This home is the last to be built in this community with 100’s of acres of dedicated and continuous open space (green belts).
The local beaver’s presence was also clear as the flaps of their tails could be heard on the water and the evidence of surrounding trees about the fall victim to their teeth.
A single American Bull Frog was serenading us with his “rum, rum, jug-o-rum” off in the distance. Never could find him but I think he was looking for a date.
At this stage of building, the differences between the house and the nature surrounding it seems vast. Yet, we’re excited to implement strategies of environmental conscientiousness in the Idea House and ultimately to bridge this gap.