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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Random observations

A day before we were touched (barely, thanks be!) by Hurricane Sandy I counted eighty-two crows flying southward over the house. There were more after I stopped counting . . . maybe a hundred of them in all. All of them flying directly south, which seemed counter-intuitive to me. If I were a bird, no doubt the reasoning would have been clear to me.

Two days ago I saw a deer in a field as I drove by. It was mostly in its fall/winter dun coat, but with brush strokes of black on its face and elsewhere on its body. I've never seen a deer so darkly colored. It was beautiful. I slowed the car and the deer and I stared at each other. I do love moments of eye contact with wild critters. I always hope to soak up some of their wisdom.

The morning after the worst of the storm, the southern sky was filled with sharp-edged soft gray and taupe dove feathers of clouds, all separate from each other, with blue sky behind them. It was a sweetly peaceful and comforting sky.

I turned all the clocks back last night, early in the evening. I couldn't make my body believe the hour, and I went to bed very early . . . and woke up at 3am. Maybe if I pay no attention to the clock but sleep and wake at will all day today, I'll be able to be adjusted by the time I begin getting ready for work on Monday.

17 comments:

DJan said...

I am awake early too, but it is really the regular time. I tried to stay in bed later, but it didn't work. I also love to make contact with wild creatures. I do hope that deer makes it through the hunting season, and the winter.

Rian said...

I went to bed early also... can only watch so much football. Took my book and cup of tea and fell asleep until 7:00(although the new time was 6:00).

When you do make 'eye contact' with wild critters (or any critters), don't you feel that they know more than we give them credit for?

Tamara Swerline said...

Here in Arizona we don't observe daylight savings time changes. It is one of the smart things AZ does.

Olga said...

I agree with you about the wisdom of animals. Even watching the birds as they interact at the feeder makes me ask, "What are they thinking about?" Seems like so much more than just food.

Muffy's Marks said...

Day light saving time messes me up!!

Joanne Noragon said...

Arizona time sounds good to me. There's not best scenario, so just stop messing with it. End of my opinion; I'll be fine until March.

Barb said...

I like your quote for the day. I also like your observations. To really look and see is a gift.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Thinking about the crows ... don't boats sail into the wind ? Of course a brisk blow isn't quite the same as a hurricane ...

I agree , The clock changing is idiotic since , as the days are getting shorter anyway , it's still dark morning and evening whatever the clock says . I'm just happy not to be cycling in the dark anymore at whichever end of the day . Retirement is growing on me !

Linda Myers said...

I like the time change right now because it's light when I wake up for the next few weeks. It's also a marker for me in the year.

georgia little pea said...

I'm glad you didn't get hit by Sandy too badly. The pictures on telly are awful.

Critters always know when the weather goes potty. Over here, we get invaded by ants, a little less dramatic than 100 crows. Not a fan of daylight saving either.

John M said...

It would be easier if they left the time alone. Changing each clock is tedious.

Carolynn Anctil said...

I love those little touches with nature. It's humbling, in a way. One of the benefits of living where I do now, is we don't adjust our clocks! Yay!!

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

I love seeing the world through your eyes, June, whether it's the gathering storm, the colorful aftermath or an encounter with a lovely wild creature. I'm so glad you were only lightly touched by Sandy -- and hope you make the Standard Time adjustment very quickly. That IS one advantage of living in Arizona! We don't spring ahead or fall back.

Hilary said...

That's very interesting about the crows. I have to believe they knew what they were doing. I'd just like to know what that was. ;) Your encounter with the deer sounds wonderful.

#1Nana said...

Since I retired I don't use an alarm clock and I rarely know what time it is...the time change won't have much impact on my life.

Pauline said...

You write as though we were there at your shoulder and you're merely pointing out what you see. Lovely to read!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I have observed that birds like to mess with our heads as much as possible. Although, my wife insists that they are just messing with me. Sigh.