Friday, October 06, 2017

Fall Gets Quiet



The days are undoubtedly shorter as I now get up before the sun and certainly go to bed long after the sun has set.  The leaves crinkle beneath my feet as I head out to the gate to head to the swamp for some duck box maintenance. The day is a perfect autumn blue-sky day.  The turtles in the swamp appreciate the warm afternoon sun after the cooler evenings.  They are slower and lethargic as fall moves on and seem less afraid of me. 


I lean against the bark of the tree and also enjoy the warmth of the sun.  I hear the crickets but they are timid in song. The frogs no longer sing.  As I head down the path that skirts the swamp I hear high crying.  The bald eagles have gathered in a small set of trees and make their twittering call as I invade their space.  Dozens of feathers at my feet mean they have been there grooming for some time.  I count four adults and more than six younger birds as they flee gracefully down the marsh.



The early mornings are sometimes fog filled as the water holds onto the day's heat and the night air kisses the surface of the cooler water and thus we get fog.   One of my favorite plants this time of year is the saltbush which is beginning to form its seed which will soon fly everywhere mimicking the first feathering snowfall.



And some of the best beauty is the velvet fog that makes you move more slowly and with greater peace.  

12 comments:

Celia said...

Elegant photos. It's a very quiet fall day here too.

Anita said...

You're so in tune with nature and its creatures! That's a gift.

ellen abbott said...

thanks for the sensual immersion. we are far from that here although the mornings are decidedly less hot.

messymimi said...

Such a pretty change of season for you. It's nice to see, as the swamps are still hot.

Red said...

Nice description of the coming of fall.

Linda Reeder said...

Beautiful word images, and photos too!

My Journey To Mindfulness said...

Your words are perfect
also love the images
and like to see turtles
over the years.

Granny Annie said...

Our weather is turning so cool and it makes me want to get out and walk down to the lake. Maybe I could get some nice photos like you.

kerrdelune said...

Love the images and your thoughts on autumn, Tabor. This is my favorite time of the year.

Jenny Woolf said...

Wonderful images, the saltbush one particularly. They convey the feeling of autumn in your part of the world so well.

Mage said...

I'm the last here to admire this poem. And admire I do.

joared said...

Lovely view with words and pictures as fall advances.