A City in Common for People and Animals
The City… It really doesn’t surprise me that of all the places I’ve had to choose from when I moved back to Idaho, I chose an apartment in downtown Boise. I like it here in Boise and after nine months of living on the road, I thought the city would be a change and a change it has been. Strangely enough though, this place works for me, all things considered.
My apartment is located on the 5th floor a few blocks from downtown, with a view of the Boise Mountains, Boise State practice football, track, softball fields (Donna Larsen Park) and of course the life blood of any modern-day civilization, power lines. The power lines bothered me at first but over time they’ve begun to slowly fade away from view, in a sub-conscious way I suppose.
Numerous City parks, the Boise Zoo and Boise River are within walking distance as are grocery stores, drug stores and any number of Restaurants and businesses. The VA Hospital is a mile or so away and St. Luke’s Hospital; the tallest building within sight of my apartment window is about a quarter-mile away. Do you get the Idea? It’s the city and the center of Boise is but seven blocks away. This place has come to be a very agreeable and convenient place to live.
While out walking not too long ago, I noticed several deer casually strolling through parking lots and businesses across from my apartment. Grazing along the way as if it were a normal occurrence this time of day. Then slowly, they wandered into traffic, crossed the street and stopped to graze at the convenience store on Main Street. Amusing all that were there. Slowly they walked off, crossed another street and into the distance, ending my experience. Very Cool.
I’ve seen many deer in my day, in all kinds of places and scenarios and I’m certain most of us have in some way or another as well. But I have never seen deer casually walking along a busy street in the city grazing and then acting so at ease in the process. It was an astonishing sight to observe at how nonchalantly those deer behaved among the people and the busy traffic rushing by.
Imagine birds of prey making a home in the city? One particular afternoon, while standing at my window, a Hawk flew by. As I followed it with my binoculars, it landed in a nest not far from my window view. What a smile that bird put on my face while I watched it hop around the nest. A few moments later a Peregrine Falcon soared in circles above me for a few minutes. Boise has at least one breeding pair living within the city that I’m aware of. But have never seen them, other than on a webcam video. That was until this day. Nesting on a 14th floor somewhere, these Peregrine falcons have adapted to city life. I find it amazing. Visit the Peregrine Fund Webcam Link.
Having these birds flying around the skies of this city is such a welcoming site. As I was thinking that my visual treat was over, an Osprey appeared in the distance, flying over my window with a fish in its talons. What a wonderful set of occurrences to happen within minutes just outside my window.
These animals and much more I haven’t mentioned are amazing to see in any city. A viewable experience of minutes in time but a fantastic experience never the less. I’ve seen many animals outside of this downtown area but never really expected this type of life flourishing and adapting amidst the buildings, traffic, and people of a downtown city. Obviously, these animals and many more are doing well within the spaces of this city.
Presently It’s a 30-minute drive to get to the lakes and mountains, it is very convenient. But I’ve traveled much more to get close to these animals and into their world. The day I wrote this, I stood at my window. I felt a calm while viewing these creatures so active in this world of buildings. How much I appreciate these animals and their persistence to survive and adapt in a world we occupy.
Keeping it Green
Down the street, just blocks away, among all the buildings is a unique site on top of the Simplot Headquarters being built. The Simplot Greenhouses that set atop their building give an amazing futuristic skyline view.
Boise State University also has a roof top garden and Bee Farm, Harvesting the honey, flowers and garden products for use among the community. Though common in other areas, Rooftop gardens are becoming a popular part of green construction and conservation in the area. Community gardens are located within the city and the Boise Farmers Market is located downtown and will start the first Saturday of April in 2017.
I edited the power lines out of one of my photos taken from my window in this post. Can you see it? – Why? because I can.
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