Still Learning To See

Moving on

Mornings lately are foggy. Not from lack of sleep but a sign we have crossed into the second part of summer when nights are cooler and the valley we live in fills with morning fog. It has been a glorious summer, even if dry, and right on schedule I find myself wishing it would last four more months instead of only two! But the realistic part of me already looks ahead to the perfect slowing down that is coming, all in good time of course.

DSC02758The birds are flocking to devour the fruit of the Black Cherry tree, glistening and transparent, and wasps and bees quickly buzz onto the tomatoes I’m eating outside at lunch. Baby birds learn their way in the world, some successfully, others not so. Nearly every leaf of nearly every tree or plant has a hole or two in it or a chewed edge or brown spot—a gigantic lunch provided by chlorophyll and sunshine. The colors of Sumac and Red Maple are beginning to peek through the deep green of summer here and there. Though the sun is lower there is still plenty to dry the clothes and heat our water and somehow it feels better than ever when mixed with the deep shade under a tree.

DSC02410Despite the grim news we seem to be fed every day—have we become addicted?—the world turns at the same slow pace it has since long before our time, and one that will continue long after I am gone. I’ll take it moment by moment and enjoy the chill in the air of this foggy morning until the sun burns through and the day warms up to the point of being hot enough to swim in the river.

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3 thoughts on “Moving on

  1. Deborah Leu on said:

    Beautifully expressed. Saw our first red leaf walking this morning. Only a short walk on the paved road of the state park, but Don is happy to be walking outside again.

  2. Thanks for sharing John… Yes..it seems to all go too quickly doesn’t it? Yet we are grateful to be able to see another season..

    Did we always have such bad news? Thinking of Randy Newman’s song.. “And I think It’s Going to Rain Today..” Keep up the Good Work my friend..you are doing your part.. 👏👍Was this a slow aperture shot of the water?

  3. Thanks. Funny how even http://www.weather.com only now features stories about HORRIBLE weather disasters! Randy Newman is a great gift to us all, even still.
    Yes, the photo was made at 1/6 of a second and f/20. The water was refreshingly cool!

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