Friday, February 20, 2009

Ennui

I’m a tad bored with how the forest looks today. I know it’s just me. I know it won’t last. It’s just that not a lot is going on in the woods right now. During my mid-summer doldrums, the forest seems not to change very much, and today I see the same thing but during winter.

In summer, I’m surrounded by an unending sea of greenery, and I reach a point where I long for something different. Right now I feel the same way. I have a lot of brown in the landscape and not much else. I don’t see much new or much different to look at. My need for variety is not being met at the moment.

Now, don’t get me wrong—I’m not looking for anything as dramatic as a blizzard or, heaven forbid, another ice storm. I’m just hoping for a little spice, a splash of color, a pretty sunset, a semi-unusual bird or maybe a sighting of the coyote that I haven’t seen for a year. Something like that to contrast with the ocean of brown around me, to grab my attention, if only briefly.

I know it will come. It might be tonight or tomorrow. It could take longer, though I hope not. I do know it won’t take long. That’s the way of the woods. Nothing stays the same for long.

5 comments:

Lynne said...

I think I know what you mean. Out of despiration I brought home a little blooming plant from the grocery store. The poor thing was marked for death when it came through the door as I have a black thumb for indoor plants but I just NEEDE SOME COLOR.

Carolyn H said...

Lynne, Last weekend I bought a little kalanchoe plant because it had a red bloom. I don't know how long the poor thing will last but at least it's a little bit of red color.

Carolyn H.

Barb said...

There you have brown, here in Breckenridge I have white. I think your scenery will change before mine! I'm enjoying your ruminations. I'm a native of PA but have lived in CO for 20 years.

The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

I know what you mean, though for me this mildly bored mood came more like two or three weeks ago. Not that I'm a blaze of optimism and energy now. But there have been any number of spectacular sun rises and sunsets lately. I have a lot of neat birds visiting the feeders (nothing rare or uncommon) and the river is low and green and looking good. (I have a coyote up the road I see quite often, BTW.)

Again, the weather folks are predicting snow for tonight, all day tomorrow and tomorrow night, and Sunday. They were wrong the other day, and wrong more times than they were right over the past couple of months. So I mention this only in passing. They have already scaled back their "several inches" of this morning to maybe 2 inches total or less. Huh! Fancy that…hedging their bets.

Keep the faith. Things will come around.

Cathy said...

LOL I brought some daffodils flower for the same reason too. Need some colors!!