Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Ruminate is a verb describing two different activities: To chew repeatedly for an extended period and/or to go over in the mind repeatedly and often slowly.

Before dawn broke H. and I were in the kitchen eating breakfast. Slowly the sky became brighter and we could see more and more details in the yard. Among those details were two young white-tail does bedded down less than 50 feet from the house. They lay there for quite some time, closing their eyes and drifting off to sleep, then waking for a while before drifting off to sleep once again.

Eventually one doe rose and slowly wandered up the hill and out of sight. The other lay there and soon began to ruminate; in cattle that’s often called “chewing their cud”. Mammals that ruminate include cattle, deer, sheep and antelope. They eat vegetation that’s high in cellulose, chewing only enough to swallow the leaves, twigs and other items. Once swallowed, the material goes into the rumen where it begins to ferment. Later, the material is regurgitated to be chewed again before it is once again swallowed to pass further into the digestive system. Here’s that doe ruminating –

The other rumination is, hopefully, what many of us do when we contemplate the world’s major problems or life’s major decisions (and some minor ones too). It’s what I do or have done in contemplating how some politicians can deny climate change in the face of obvious changes; when thinking about whether to retire or not; trying to decide on how much of a camera I really need and how much to spend on it; and on and on.


Elkes Lebensglück said...

A beautiful video of this deer, I love your pictures so close to nature!
I agree how politicians can close their eyes to climate change and do nothing there. The economy is more important to them, at some point they will have to regret that they have done so because they will also be affected.
Thank you for your words!
Greetings Elke

Barbara Rogers said...

Taking time to love nature, many of us appreciate its gifts. Politicians are paid for by industry. Industry is the source of the most pollution today. We the voters must swing the politicians back to representing our, and the earth itself's interests, and shut down the mega industrial pollutants that cause climate change.

The Furry Gnome said...

I'm spending lotsa time ruminating these days!

eileeninmd said...


Wonderful capture of the deer, ruminating. I think most of the politicians now should retire, they are living in their own little world..Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I definitely spend time ruminating...some of it not very productive! heehee! Love your video this week! Happy Saturday!

Anu said...

Hello. Lovely video.