Posts Tagged ‘nature’

the geese

‎It happens around 7:30 in the evening, from the end of August through the month of October. Not every night, but at least two or three times a week.

When we bought the house a little over two years ago we had no idea it was smack dab in the middle of some kind of geese migration flight path. It has proven to be one of the best, most unexpected surprises about our home.

I hear them coming in the distance, a faint hum at first, growing louder and louder by the second, until they are directly over my house. Then the sound is so loud I can’t hear anything else. I can’t hear the kids talking, the noise from the TV, the song on the radio. I can barely even hear the thoughts in my own head.

It’s like they know I just need to take a pause, stop whatever else I may be doing and close my eyes, letting the sound surround me. ‎ So that’s what I do. For those 30 seconds I just listen to them honk, over and over again, saying goodbye on their way to somewhere warmer.

And then just as quickly as it came, the sound is gone and I’m returned to reality. Yet somehow my heart now beats half a beat slower, my ‎breath has slowed, I feel a little more at peace.

All thanks to the geese.

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Quite honestly, there were times when I doubted if it was ever going to come.  I thought it was going to be grey forever, and cold forever, and bleak and dim and stark forever.

And just when I thought I couldn’t take it any longer, it finally arrived.

Now the signs are all around me.  There is colour where for so long there was only grey; warmth where there was only cold; soft edges where there were only sharp corners.

Spring has arrived.

And I’m loving every minute of it.

New buds 2013

Magnolias - Spring 2013

Spring 2013

Tulips 2013

I hope wherever you are, whatever you may doing, that you’re also seeing the signs.

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I wish you could see it. I’m passing by the lake and it’s the most amazing sight.

It’s so cold out that the top of the water is still. Not solid, just so still that you have to look very closely to see if it’s moving.

On a regular day the water goes on as far as I can see but today there is a wall. A wall of clouds just at the horizon, so low they seem to be sitting on the water.

I’m sure there’s a perfectly reasonable meteorological explanation for this. It probably has a big name and I’m sure I could Google it, but I’m not going to.

Instead I choose to believe that the clouds came down low in the sky for a look at the water and got too close. Now they’re frozen there, like a tongue to a metal pole.

It’s really that cold out.

I don’t know why the idea of the frozen clouds makes me smile. I should probably feel bad for them being stuck there, but I don’t.

Instead I’m thankful for their beauty, for igniting this story in my head. It seems like a long time since I’ve felt ignited by anything and it feels good.

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