I Took My Walk Looking Up Today~Or, I Missed Last Nights Party

It was nearly two in the afternoon, when took my walk.  The temperatures had risen today. It was close to 35 degrees.

 I stood out on the path in the middle of the lowest spot, along the drainage tile. I was surrounded by heavy snow that crunched with each step I took.  My heels sunk into the wet snow and my toes followed with a rubbery sound, similar to rubbing your fingers across the outside of blown up balloon.  

 I felt I was shrinking! An optical illusion as the trees towered above.  

The sky directly overhead was void of clouds.  

While the horizon itself, was painted with a smooth, dark grayish, blue color.  

Furrows of lighter colored clouds stretched upward from that darkness, and meandered in soft lines. They swirled upward, round and round, lighter and lighter until the clouds broke apart.  

Everything pulled together like a tassel at the top of a hat.

All that soft brightness reflected off the surrounding clouds, with a very pale washed out center of whitish blue.  

I felt as if I were spectator, sitting in a cozy chair in a planetarium.

Everywhere I looked, the clouds followed that spherical path, up and out.

Two flocks of geese approached from the northwest and  flew over my house.   The first group, a wedge, flew in a ‘V’ formation.  The second flock flew a straight line, a skein, like a tail of a kite trailing last.

 I watched the geese turn and head southeast.  Both groups merged into the wedge, one wide ‘V’ formation. They flew in a wide circle.   I watched them fly directly towards the east, then turn sharply and head back north.  All the while honking and talking like a group of teenage girls.

I moved on up the path. I dragged my feet through the snow, so I wouldn’t slip. I noticed I wasn’t the only one who walked this way in the past twenty-four hours.

The white snow was marred by multiple foot prints, coyotes, opossums, rats, rabbits, deer and raccoons. 

Mother Nature must have had a big party last night.

Corn cobs were scattered under the trees and stripped of their hard kernels. The animal that ate that corn was very patient. The hull was peeled and eaten.  Remnants scattered around like peanut shells.

Off in the distance I could hear the motorized high pitch whine of a snowmobile.  It rose in pitch, lowered then rose up again, over and over. I couldn’t see the vehicle. But, it sounded like someone was having fun as they raced in the fields.

Heavier clouds were moving in, I called for my dog and we headed back home..

Picture From:
http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/canada_geese.htm#info
(Photo by Russell Link.)

10 thoughts on “I Took My Walk Looking Up Today~Or, I Missed Last Nights Party”

  1. wow, very beautiful V shape by geese in the sky. I am glad that the air is around 35 degree, yeah, everyone loves party time, Friday is the last day of school for many universities and almost everyone is celebrating…

    Your appreciate the nature as it is, it is great blessing and self-discovery.

    Keep Inspiring and Keep getting inspired!

  2. As always a beautifully described walk, every part of the story was imagery packed, love hearing and seeing geese flying away for the winter or indeed coming in the spring it is a beautiful sight and sound…

    Kids will naturally love the open where they can play with their dirtbikes or any vehicle they are not allowed on the road with I enjoyed your descriptions they were delightful…

    Thank you for visiting my blog once more your comments are GREATLY appreciated….

    1. William,
      Thank you. I think the kid on that snowmobile was nearly 50. LOL!
      If you find typos, or something that just doesn’t work. Let me know. I use critiques as a learning experience.

      Thank you for stopping by.
      Gerardine

  3. My uncle used to run a geese and duck hunting blind business next to a wildlife preserve. Today, I live near a different wildlife preserve with it’s own hunting blind business and get glimpses of Canadian geese flying in formation. They remind me of both danger and beauty.

  4. Wish I were there. Jacksonville is miserable during winter. Too cold for the beach, naturally- and no snow to decorate the house I refuse to come out of. Nothing special. Boring and miserable:-s

    1. Kristi,
      Sounds like cold and flu weather. Over here it will get too cold to stay outside. Right now the temperatures are in the thirties.
      I took a ride with a friend up to Minnesota, ten years ago on New Years Eve. We drove through a blinding blizzard, when we got to our destination it stopped snowing and everyone came out and walked around town. The temperatures were minus thirty (-30) and they said it was a heat wave.
      Keep warm and dry.
      Gerardine

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