301: Communing with summerPosted: July 21, 2011
Today is by far the hottest day we have had this summer. Even early this morning it was hot and steamy, the air thick with summer. Instead of taking my usual walk I decided today’s outdoor time would consist of finding a comfortable shady spot and learning about summer through stillness.
The first order of business was to find a good spot. I checked out all of the old maple trees near the house, finally settling under the purple maple where the ground was soft and comfy, the shade was dark and cool, and I had a view of the pond.
I took a few photos, looking up through the branches of the tree.
I said hello to the moon as the leaves swayed in the wind.
After a while I put the camera down and settled in, quieting my mind, feeling the hot breeze as it hit my skin, listening to the cicadas and birds as they chattered. There must be a goldfinch nest in the purple maple tree. They were holding quite a conversation over my head.
One flew over to the baby oak tree to have a look around and possibly check me out to make sure I wasn’t going to cause any trouble.
I had a good look at him too. As he sat in the baby oak, his friends came out to play. They flew over the wildflower meadow in that acrobatic, undulating way they have, no doubt attracted to the thistle which is going to seed. The American Goldfinch is a strict vegetarian. Some barn swallows (carnivores) joined in, swooping over the lawn, drawn by a swarm of insects of some kind (gnats probably). Hopefully they caught a few deer flies while they were swooping around. The deer flies have been horrid this year.
I watched the trees dance in the wind, the sunlight playing in the shadows. I explored this summer day with all of my senses. I wish I could describe to you what it was like, the place I eventually arrived at just by sitting in the shade of the purple maple tree. For a short while I was no longer bothered by the heat or the humidity. Just before leaving my spot, I felt another presence there with me. I turned around and saw this beautiful creature:
For a few moments we sat and looked at each other. Then she walked off towards the Future Woods (which is when I finally had the presence of mind to pick up the camera!).