Thursday, November 06, 2008

Missing the daylight

As much as I like the weather of the cooler seasons, I also find it a bit frustrating sometimes. Here I am living in the woods, amongst all this beauty and natural life, and I don’t get to see it very often right now. In the evenings, I’m racing to get home while there’s still some light in the sky. Lately, I haven’t been making it. The sun is already behind the mountain, and woods around me are the monochromatic colors of dusk by the time I pull into the driveway. The birds are already quiet and roosting. In the mornings, it’s not much better, especially on these overcast mornings.

When I’m lucky, the mornings are not too early for the chickadees or the titmice to visit the feeder, but I get to see only a few of them before it’s time to head to work. It’s certainly too early in the morning for me to see the feeders when they are their most active. And I know the birds do show up eventually because the feeders empty so quickly.

It’s frustrating to live here and yet still not be able to spend much time in the woods or even see what’s in the woods much during the week. I can’t imagine how much greater my frustration would be if I lived in a town or a city where I would have to travel just to visit where I live. During this time of year, when the hours of daylight are short, even attempting to visit a natural area during the work week would be out of the question for a city dweller.

So is it any wonder that so many people are nature-deprived? It’s not just children who suffer from a "nature deficit disorder." Some days, even I feel that way.

4 comments:

Deb said...

I know, I don't like this time of year either. I'm trying to teach myself that it's okay to go running even when it's a bit dark outside, but I think we humans instinctively want to avoid the dark.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Carolyn, I remember when I was younger and hustling and bustling from one place to the next.. I didn't have (or take) time to enjoy nature at all---like I do now. SO---what I can say is to be patient. Once you are retired, you too will not be nature-deprived anymore!!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Carolyn, Stop by to visit my blog, and to retrieve and pass along a Blog Award I have given you.
Hugs, Betsy

kat said...

I know the feeling! I'm up and out the door not long after the first chickadee has nibbled at the feeder. And by the time I get home at night, they've long gone into their roosting cavities. I miss not being able to see the last bird of the evening.