Another brrrrrrrrisk walk this morning. It was 41 degrees when I left the house, so I added warmer gloves. I felt like one of the ladies at the Red Hat Society as I was sporting a red knitted headband and dark purple shorty gloves. That was not really a good look when paired with a mint-green jacket, but I was warm and comfortable and that’s what counts. I know that it is getting colder outside, when I am not so apt to bound out of my cozy bed when the alarm clock goes off. In fact, this morning, the alarm went off and the furnace was just kicking on, so I decided to stay curled up in bed, snuggled under the blankets, until it shut off. Well, that was not a smart move because I fell right back to sleep and woke up with a start about an hour later. Oops! I had to scramble to get out of the house on time, as I am pushing for longer walks before the later sunrise happens in the next few weeks.
I hustled through the neighborhoods, pausing briefly to look for Ruby sitting on her porch, swaddled in afghans, but she was missing this morning. Perhaps she has decided it is too cold now to take her coffee out there to watch the world go by. Just as I was ready to cross the street to the entrance of the Park, I heard honking overhead and looked up to find a large flock of Canada Geese directly above. I stopped in my tracks and grabbed the camera as the sky was so clear, I knew I could get a nice photo to accompany my blog post. But, the geese were somewhat conflicted as to what direction they were supposed to be going – first they flew in a linear formation, then did a quick about-face and got into V-formation. Clearly, the signal caller should get a goose egg for his directions. The flock never flew down to the ground, but kept going in a circle. Perhaps they were taking flying lessons before departing for a warmer clime. It was a bit amusing to watch. Finally, they settled into the traditional V-formation and soon they were gone from sight.
I stepped onto the trail, and shortly thereafter, still another group of geese passed right overhead. I saw several walkers whip out their phones or cameras to take a picture of the flock, as did I. My fellow walkers were probably all thinking just as pessimistically as me “this really means cold weather isn’t too far off.”
I kept one eye trained toward the Creek for the doe which was sighted yesterday, and then I ran into Charlene who actually saw that deer. She said she had just watched the animal ordinance officer dropping off a large raccoon and setting him free at the banks of the marshy Creek. The officer said the raccoon had been running around a neighbor’s yard. I didn’t see that raccoon, but as Charlene and I walked along, we rounded a bend and there was a gargantuan Great Blue Heron sitting on a dead tree branch. I had already pocketed my camera and had on my gloves because it was so cold. I was much too slow to cast off the gloves and get the camera out and focused, because that big bird suddenly took flight and disappeared down the center of the Creek. That was a missed photo op for me because he certainly was up close and personal to the trail. So, tomorrow there will be more Fall flora-and-fauna watching at Council Point Park. I’ll be sure to check out the brush and water for a deer, raccoon or heron. I’m happy to hear the beautiful weather will continue through the weekend.