The Rain, the Park & “Other Things” …

Heron #1

I wonder just how many readers of my blog would recognize this song title from the 60s?   (Or, … would want to admit they remember this tune by the family group the Cowsills?)

This particular song title was on my mind as I got home from walking and started peeling off all my wet clothing.

Actually, my walk started out sunny and dry.

As soon as I hit the streets, it was evident that everyone was back to the old grind again, having enjoyed that last getaway weekend of Summer.  Now, there will be no more long weekends until Thanksgiving, unless you’re lucky enough to be off for Columbus Day.   Yup, school is in session once again, and with that event comes the a.m. hustle and bustle.  There were more vehicles on the road, a group of schoolkids trudging along Fort Street and a few yellow busses rolling along, with plumes of diesel fumes still filling the air, long after they turned the corner.

I headed down to Council Point Park and the usual crowd was already in motion on the perimeter path.  There was a new addition to the morning mix, however, this heron that is pictured above.  The cement precipice that juts out over a storm drain at the Ecorse Creek must be the new hangout for herons, because it is on this ledge that I keep seeing the green heron.

When I first encountered this guy, he was standing there, still as a statue, either contemplating life or studying the graffiti on the wall.

After I took the above picture of him from the perimeter path, he didn’t flinch in my presence, so I stepped down closer toward him, but then he promptly turned and marched away on those long, stilt-like legs, as he sought to put some distance between us, yet remain at his lookout point.

Heron #2

Well, of course he piqued my interest, and I was greedy to get a close-up shot of him, because, even by zooming in on him, I knew I could do better.  So, I inched my way a little closer and he stood there motionless as he posed for me.

Heron #3

But, though I made no sudden moves, suddenly he was spooked and took flight, propelling himself off the cement ledge with giant wings.  I tried to capture an image of his departure, but it was just a blur, as this heron was too quick for me as he hightailed it to parts unknown.

Heron #4

A few years ago,  I saw a big heron at Council Point Park.  He was perched in a very tall, dead tree.  His gray plumage blended right into the tree, which had lost its bark and was quite weathered looking.  It was the first sighting of a heron for me, and he held that same pose as I went another whole trip around the perimeter path, not moving a muscle, nor batting an eyelash.   It was a perfect photo opportunity.

This morning, Mr. Sun, just like the heron, was also quite conflicted about whether to stay put or go away.  Though it was sunny when I departed on my walk, once I arrived at Council Point Park, Ol’ Man Sol kept slipping in and out of the clouds.  I walked three loops, and waivered on whether to do a fourth, then decided to head for home, another 3/4s of a mile away.  As I walked up Pagel Avenue, I noticed the sky had suddenly become a hue that resembled an eggplant with blackish-gray streaks.  I had no worries about rain or storms, since no rain was expected until this afternoon.  But, I was a block from home, and the sky suddenly opened up with massive raindrops which plopped down on me.  I stretched my sweatshirt over my fanny pack to protect the camera as there was no time to wrap it with the Ziploc bags I usually carry just in case of sudden bad weather.  Then, I broke into a sprint to get home.

By the time I reached my driveway, it was a torrential downpour.

By the time I got undressed, grumbling all the while about Mother’s Nature’s bad timing as I peeled off each article of wet clothing, the pounding rain ceased and I saw a faint ray of sun on the wall.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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2 Responses to The Rain, the Park & “Other Things” …

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………….I’d have to guess that …..your beautiful picture is a GBH, great blue heron……………………..yes, they get spooked easily……………….they’re here at our pond, once in awhile…………………I love them………………I was shocked at the rain…………………..I went for a walk earlier and never once thought about rain………………..I never seen anything predicted on my phone about it being in the morning…………………………I’m sorry you got wet


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Hi Ann Marie – I thought that you told me it was a great blue heron when I did the blog post in October 2014 about that heron in the tree. I looked back at the post and I had not identified it as such and you and I must have had an e-mail “conversation” about it. In the images online, they seemed to have a bigger crest, so I just said “heron” … guess you also saw them up North besides now at your pond. They are regal looking aren’t they? That rain shocked me too. I had just passed a “WOW” contractor and remarked “look at the sky!” and he said we were going to get rain later and then the rain started. I have the camera in a case, but I doubt it is waterproof.. Thankfully I could dry out better than the camera or the phone could but I managed to keep both dry..


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