To what can our life on earth be likened?
To a flock of geese,
alighting on the snow.
Sometimes leaving a trace of their passage.
~ Su shi
The snow is flying on this cold Sunday in March, and I’m just settling back in at home after spending the weekend with my granddaughters and their parents. It was lovely, and one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend.
Last week we left off on the Cabot Trail, probably not far from MacKenzie Mountain, trying to get to the cabin before dark. We needn’t have worried. We were far enough north and close enough to the Summer Solstice that daylight lasted a good long while.
I am off on an entertainment adventure, another artist’s date. I am not sure I’ll have time for blogging over the next couple of days so I’ve scheduled a couple of short posts to fill in for me.
The city of Akron was co-founded in 1825 (so it is younger than the township in which I live) by Paul Williams and surveyor of the Connecticut Western Reserve General Simon Perkins. It was interesting to learn this because the street where we met M the Younger and his wife, Merdi, is named after Paul Williams and we have often wondered if it was named after the composer/songwriter (we were obviously unsure of any possible local link, not knowing much about him) or someone else. History mystery solved.
The really important thing you need to know about Akron, for the purposes of this bike ride, is that the name is derived from the Greek word ἄκρον which means a summit or high point.
Well, I have to say… that was a rather interesting (and sometimes strange) 5k. M and I, in our quest to better know the area in which we live (filed under “local tourists”), decided to take a 5.1 mile hike at Portage Lakes State Park. We have driven past it on the highway numerous times, always with one of us remarking, “We ought to go hiking there sometime.”
I guess we can check that one off of our list.
(Note: We were hiking a 5k as participants in Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k.)
Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth.
~ Diane Ackerman
The wild gander leads his flock through the cool night,
Ya-honk! he says, and sounds it down to me like an invitation:
The pert may suppose it meaningless, but I listen closer,
I find its purpose and place up there toward the November sky.
~ Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
We had visitors come to the pond this morning. I heard them flying in just before sunrise. They didn’t stay long but managed to leave a bit of a mess before moving on (without our help, I might add).
I’m glad they left on their own. I was worried that we might scare off the ducks at the same time we were shooing away the gaggle of geese.
It’s a lovely, sunny day. Still cold but the sun makes a big difference, as does the lack of gusty winds. There is a breeze, as you can tell from the above video. I enjoy the sound of the cattails rustling in the wind. Some days it sounds as if they are murmuring to each other, passing their secrets along to the back of the pond and into the woods.
Without the wind to blow the water, there is a 6-8 inch border of ice around the pond. It won’t last. We’re going to have a warm up over the next few days, something that will further confuse the poor plants. After that there is snow in the forecast once again. I think it may turn out to be one of those baffling winters, going back and forth between warm-ups and cool-downs. I wonder what that will mean for the flowers and buds once spring arrives?
My dule of doves have found the bird seed I’ve been leaving for them. Yay! The other piles of bird seed that I’ve left in various places remain untouched. Hopefully the birds will find them soon.
I’ve noticed — as have others — that my blog is slow to load. Have you noticed it too? I can’t decide what the problem might be. The theme I’m using has always been somewhat slow to load. I’ve been using larger file sizes for the photos so folks can click on them and view the larger version. And my posts have become more photo-heavy since I began the outdoor commitment.
I’m going to start with reducing the file sizes on the photos. If that doesn’t work, it may be time for me to switch themes. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while now, but have been unable to decide on a theme. If things don’t seem to be working, bear with me (and, if you have time, please let me know if you’re having difficulties so I can try to fix it).