Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's Quiet Out There

I went for a walk on Sunday, finally. It felt like ages since I've been outside except to go to and from the car at home and work. Not pleasant. The destination I chose was a county park I'd never been to before that had all the indicators of a place that would be empty. It's small, it doesn't have any amenities and it's not located close to any cities. It turned out to be a great choice.

Walking the trails the only sounds I heard were the thick layer of oak leaves crunching underfoot and distant farm machinery and highway traffic. Nothing obtrusive. Birds were really scarce. Except for a Downy Woodpecker and a couple of White-breasted Nuthatches working the same tree I didn't see much. It's Quiet out there. I actually heard the sparse dusting of dry snowflakes falling before I saw them.

At the top of a hill there was an open field and at its edge were some redcedars. One in particular was thick with blue berries that looked unreal next to the green and purple needles.

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Dale Forbes said...

Hi Shady,
nice tale. walking here in the alps is also really quiet at the moment. everything is white, right down to the valley floors. all but the hardiest of birds have already moved off to warmer climes and we are left with just a few hangers on.
but it does make for really peaceful (read: meditative) walks in the forest. all is still, and the fresh snow adds another level of stillness to the experience.

not much to digiscope, and it is too cold for yoga out of doors, but the simple appreciation of Mother Nature is wonderful.

btw, I found your blog through BirdPost. I am "Dale"