Bruce Beehler is a local naturalist and author of 12 books, including “Natural Encounters” and “Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.”
We’ve all seen the stories. A photogenic herd of Kashmiri mountain goats treks through a Welsh village. A mountain lion sleeps in a tree in downtown Boulder, Colo., in full daylight. Sika deer flock into the streets of a Japanese city. The pandemic has pushed a pause button, and nature is enjoying the respite.
Look, I get it, especially as we mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this week — these images offer much-needed moments of consolation amid a flood of bad news. I’ve enjoyed them, too.