Mourning doves

  Mourning doves (Zenaida Macroura)

Mourning doves (Zenaida Macroura)

This looks like a winter shot ... without the snow. The reality is that I took this late yesterday during some light rain near Garbry Big Woods Reserve. The tree is Ash, and did not survive the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). When I walk this reserve, I normally see the EAB on the trail. I didn’t see any this time. I doubt they are gone. They have killed millions of ash trees in their path.

There is something ironic about these beautiful and peaceful creatures pearching in this ash tree, destroyed by the EAB. I don’t know how long the tree will remain, but for now, it is a place for the dove to view the rest of nature.