An invitationPosted: November 11, 2012
Join me on my morning walk. I know it may be afternoon, evening, or even night where you are now, but we’ll pretend it’s just after the break of day. We will walk out into the stillness of the early morning, just after the sun peeks over the neighbor’s house across the street. Shadows appear on the pine trees as we slowly make our way down the sledding hill towards the pond. The hill itself is shadowed as well, but the sun has lit up the pond and the trees and the meadows surrounding it. It’s a glorious day.
As we make our way down the hill, we hear the sound of thousands of starlings and other blackbirds in the woods, waking and chattering and getting ready to start their day.
A breeze, the beginning of a windy day, comes along, creating slight ripples on the pond. The willows dance and sway, still hanging on to some of their leaves after most of the other trees have let go.
A kingfisher rockets across the pond, scolding us for interrupting his search for food.
Near the back of the pond…
…the draining of the water into the creek sounds like a waterfall.
Close your eyes and listen.
There’s something moving around in the cattails. A little bird comes swooping up and out, followed by another and another and another. They must have a nest in there somewhere.
We move up the hill, away from the cattails and the pond, and out into the meadow that is the Future Woods. The dry grasses are rustling, waving, and weaving.
Two blue jays are sunning themselves in the upper branches of a tree. A flash of red, a male cardinal, catches the eye, but he’s gone before you can do more than think, “That was a cardinal.”
Eventually we make our way up, towards the garden, the house, the street.
We stand for a while and just listen, and it seems to me that in the music of all the sounds put together this morning, I could hear the rhythmic breath and heartbeat of Mother Earth. Did you hear it too?
Thank you for joining me on my Sunday morning meander around the pond and meadows. If you’re in the mood for more walks, here are some I highly recommend:
- Virtually walking in Launton with Sallyann.
- For Veteran’s or Remembrance Day, Mrs. UHDD shared this link. Surreal and very powerful images.
- For something a little more exotic (to me, at any rate), you can travel to Oman and hike to the abandoned village of As Sab with Cathy.
- How about a walk through your own mind? Val asks, “In what ways do you feel different from other people?”
- Take a meditative stroll through Lynn’s beautiful garden during this Subtle Season.
- Or take an unusual, abstract, and very cool walk on the Towpath Trail near Akron, Ohio with Terry in Conform to Deform.