Today’s tidbits from the tranquil trail …
So blessed to have yet another beautiful morning. When I arrived at Council Point Park it was still a little hazy out. There was a heavy dew, so heavy in fact that the park benches along the perimeter path had water droplets poised in lines along each slatted wood bench back. The grass was saturated with dew and smelled like a freshly mowed lawn in April. The mist was prevalent but finally the sun was strong enough to filter through the trees and the sunbeams looked like spotlights trained onto the path. This part of the path is in an open area and it was quite ethereal-looking to walk right through this sunbeam from Heaven. The sun was not really warm, but the rays permeated the Park and the phenomenon only lasted a few minutes. By then I was on the Ecorse Creek side of the Park and it was dense there so the sunbeam was no longer visible.
A lone male mallard duck glided through the still water, its wide webbed feet propelling it forward at a remarkable speed. Tiny ripples appeared as it traversed the exact middle of the Creek. Just then, a dragonfly flitted by me and flew toward the water and while I was watching it, I heard a splash, and looked to see the duck go kerplunk into the water and all I saw was a flash of tail and large ripples. I was curious what the duck found for his breakfast and I waited on him to resurface. I peered through the brush but the thick reeds obliterated him from my sight. By then the filmy, delicate dragonfly had also escaped my sightline so I travelled on.
A trio of squirrels scampered about and were seemingly oblivious to me as they chased each other up and down a tree then surrounded me briefly again. I couldn’t tell who was tagged “it” and I am not sure they knew either. I caught up with the trio around the bend where they were enjoying an unexpected treat, some corn which was scattered on the path. Evidently, some kindly soul had stripped a corncob and left the kernels of corn sprinkled in a row down the pathway much like Elliott did with his Reese Pieces to temp E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, out of his hiding place in the woods.
The birdsong was simply magnificent and always is intensified on a quiet early morning. The tweets, whistles and warbles are a balm to the ear. I kept mimicking the bird calls as long I could, much to the delight of the birds and … well, I enjoyed it too! I made a mental note to check out my favorite birdsong website http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp and refresh my memory on the various birds at the Park. The site is a treasure trove of pictures, descriptions and audio of every type of bird imaginable. It sends Buddy into a tizzy whenever I listen though – he’ll cock his head and wonder where the heck the other bird is.
Every one of my senses was renewed by this detour from the city and brief escape to the country. I wished I would have brought my binoculars to get a close-up view of the dragonfly’s delicate wings but I saw him anyway with just my naked eye. Had I brought a camera along, I would have snapped a picture of those happy squirrels, but instead I’ve captured their crazy antics and corn-eating camaraderie in my mind’s eye and will carry that image along with me instead.
Carpe Diem – seize the moment and the day … I did.