The color yesterday, was a faded beige, yellowish green and dark browns, today with all the dampness the colors have changed into a deeper, darker browns, reddish and wet.
Without the over cast sky everything would be shimmering, at least until the sun dried them off.
I could see my breath, the air was nearly cold enough to snow, but just not there, yet.
When I breathed through my nose, I could smell, cool rain, dampness, and trees. I started huffing and puffing, breathing through my mouth and the scents changed. I could taste dried hay, grass, and mold mixed in with the cool, calm air.
Stillness formed around me, anticipation of the next second. I looked up to the sky. The clouds were pretty high, and smooth; those clouds, were there for their aesthetic appeal and to keep the ground air cool.
No! It wasn’t going to rain on me, at least not in the next half hour. The horizon was clear. Right now I could see a line of clouds, very slowly moving in this direction.
I had taken this afternoons walk with my lunch, a peanut butter sandwich. I was driving Uriah crazy; he stayed at my feet drooling. His dog biscuits weren’t appeasing him; he kept crying and wiggling around on the ground every time I stopped. I had a third of my sandwich left when I gave in to him.
Silly thing to tell him he was already seated. I should have told him to stop drooling. I knelt down and handed him the sandwich. He carefully took it out of my fingers and stood there. He didn’t eat it, just rolled his eyes around.
“Well, that’s yours now.”
I patted him on the head and stood up and he promptly turned back down the path and trotted away. He was either going to bury it, or give it away. I wasn’t going to follow him and find out.
At that moment, a small bird decided I was interrupting his day and started peeping at me, over and over. I tried to see where he was at, but I had left my glasses on the shelf next to the coat rack. Great place for them…
I reached in my pocket. Notepad and pen was also back at the house.
After two minutes of yelling at me the little bird flew out of the leafless mulberry tree. Then down onto a corn husk, where he kept watching me, watching him, while he picked at the corn and looked very upset.
He was nearly vertical on the corn husk. Long and narrow, with light soft grey under belly and a black streak from his head down his back to his tail.
Uriah started a deep throat barking, somewhere in the trees.
I started to shiver, dampness and cold temperatures, I craved a hot coffee and my wool socks. It was time to go home.
I turned back to the little bird, and said goodbye. Then I whistled for Uriah, who was racing around the trees and grass, growling and complaining. He more than likely gave away his sandwich and like a child wanted it back.
“Come on Uriah! Leave your friends out here.” I whistled again, and kept walking home.
With the aid of Google search, I pulled up different bird sites, as I tried to find that bird.
I got lost in, “The Cornell lab of Ornithology-All About Birds” site and forgot what I was doing.
The sound of the Violet-green Swallow was very similar to that small birds sound