Sara was excited as she looked into her new home in the mountains. Finally, the family was getting away from the city and into nature here in their new town——-Hummingbird Valley. Plenty of trees and birds of all sorts. Especially Hummingbirds. One in particular caught Sara’s attention. One that used a cypress tree branch near the house to fly back and forth. Such beauty in that winged friend; such a variety of colors. The little girl coaxed her mother to put a feeder on the awning of the house so as to observe the bird she dubbed, “Rainbow.”
While Sara got to know Rainbow, changes began to occur in the new neighborhood. A variety of trees around the property needed to be cut down to make room for new landscaping. The gophers on the property became the enemy, and were dealt with by chemicals bought at the store. The deer that showed interest in the garden were soon were “shocked” into reality by the new electrical fence; besides, hunting season would soon be under way, and that would address the nuisance of these animals. Pavement was needed for a road to the main highway, and cement for the driveway. There! The property was beginning to be livable, but what was happening to their parcel of land? Soon the ground around one area was tilled and bulldozed for a new structure, and the rest of the trees began to die on the property one by one. First, one big pine was taken out because of an infestation of disease. Then another, and another, an another. One more fell near the house during a wind storm, and before long, the cypress next to the house was one of the last remaining trees standing.
Within a few months of moving in, the new family began to feel crowded in by the other neighbors moving in next to them. With new structures, pavements, fences, and sidewalks, the rural town soon was transformed into a small, cozy mini city. And the strain on the land was evidenced by many new problems like pesticide spray, erosion of earth, and——-loss of wildlife. Without pine trees, woodpeckers could not peck anything. Without trees to climb on, no squirrels. Soon, less was heard of the call from the geese and sparrow. Now, the town was civilized! And the groaning of Gaia was apparent; life depends upon life, and the various ecosystems are interconnected to serve one another.
One day, Sara noticed that the cypress tree was also dying; branches were breaking off until one remained. But in one subsequent storm, the tree was ripped in half, and a poor spectacle was apparent. Rainbow had no where to land! When the family realized that they were losing nature, they decided to plant new trees, but it was too late for Sara. The birds flew elsewhere to survive, and the feeder was soon of no use to the family anymore. The valley of the hummingbirds was now dead.
The population of this earth struggles each day with the dilemma of growth verses
the sanctity of the land. This is one family’s struggle.