Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer pond (and morning walk)

It’s that time of the year again.

It’s that time when the forest is barely light when I leave the cabin for my morning walk with Dog. By the time we return the sun is almost but not quite above the horizon. I love walking while the day slowly awakens and I can watch it happen.

This time does not last long. Within another month I will need a headlamp to begin my morning walks and within two months, I will probably need the headlamp during the entire walk. But for a short while I get to see both the end of the night and beginning of the day, and these few weeks are one of my favorite times of the year. I start my walk under cover of night’s silence and end it with wood thrush and pewees singing their morning chorus.

These past few, cooler days have made my morning walks enjoyable again, and I find I am noticing more than during the hottest days. Perhaps there is more to notice, as the animals and birds seemed nearly as debilitated by the heat as I was. Perhaps I just need a minimum level of physical comfort to be able to notice what is always there. Whatever the reason, my morning walks are a blessing that last the whole day.


Cathy said...

Another nice thing about this time is also, we are getting closer to fall.
In another two weeks, all the summer reading programs will done!!!!

But seriously, I do kinda look forward to the sun setting earlier. Right now, the katydid are doing their songs. According to a saying I read in the paper this week, in 6 weeks the first frost will appear.

Woodswalker said...

How peaceful and quiet -- and cool! -- that pond appears! Just looking at your photo calms me down.

Carolyn H said...

Cathy: I was so tempted to add that fall is closer than ever, but with August yet to get through, I decided not to say that ! .

I've never heard that katydids sing 6 weeks before a frost. If that's true, I must be going to have a heck of a frost because they are so loud you can't hold a conversation outside in the early evening.

Carolyn H

Carolyn H said...

Woodswalker: It was a quiet morning. I love the ponds in the early morning hours. They (almost) always look calm and peaceful then.

Carolyn H