Thursday, February 7, 2013

prayer beads

Maybe the berries on a cedar tree 
are prayer beads for you, the birds and me. 

In traditional Native American medicine, cedar berries are used for their diuretic, antibiotic, germicidal and antiseptic properties. But don't overdo it; too much is toxic.

The birds get it. Here is a sweet video (2:50) of cedar waxwings (so named for the berries they eat), catbirds and robins eating cedar berries, accompanied by a lovely recording of Erik Satie's Gnossiennes No. 1, performed by Agathe Laforge. I saw my first bluebird in one of our cedar trees.