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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Friday, March 15, 2013

Of Morning Walks in the Spring Interrupted by Nature

We took our usual morning walk today, Baron and me. An elderly couple passed by. He wore a red flannel jacket, plaid, that hung a bit askew. My guess is that he's been wearing that coat since the Christmas of '89.  She was clad in a sensible navy parka that set off her short-cropped silver hair.  Hand-in-hand they were.

"What a comfortable couple," I said to Baron as we watched them proceed up the street.  Baron thought so too, as evidenced by his wide Black Labradorian toothy grin. Baron is a very agreeable walking companion indeed!

Just as Baron was about to tell me his thoughts about this couple and the mildness of the morning and the fact that the lavender azaleas are in bloom; he was interrupted by a such a hullaballoo, such a squawking ruckus from above that all of us, the gent in his flannel coat, his wife of many years, myself and Baron too, were compelled to look above. A gaggle of geese, Canadian honkers in classic V-formation glided past. It seemed as though all 50 or so of them had different thoughts about which direction they should go...and they weren't at all shy to tell their leader so! Funny how such a graceful sight as geese on the wing can at the same time be such a wild commotion.

We stood there for a moment, Baron and I and the couple, gazing at the geese as they winged their way to parts unknown. "Maybe they're going to the fallow corn fields by the bay," I commented to my dog. He wasn't sure but wagged his tail all the same.

And the geese were gone. Passing through our morning like a thought we forgot to say.

And so we continued on, Baron and I and the couple in their coats. And so we continued on.

 
Have a plaid-red-flannel kind of weekend, my friends!

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11 comments:

The Elephant's Child said...

What a wonderful thing to see on your mornings walk. Two wonderful things - a couple in love AND the geese. Wow.

Myrna R. said...

What a beautiful scene you describe. I hope your weekend is wonderful too.

Susan said...

That was a lovely post, Debora. Is that photo yours, too, of the couple? Very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Also thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting, too. Please feel free to stop by any time! Susan

Debora said...

Thanks Susan! Yes-the photo is mine. I took it at sunset from a bluff overlooking the Pacific. We were at a place called Fort Ebey, in Western Washington. I feel very sentimental about that place for reasons too numerous to share at this time.
Cheers,
Debora

Debora said...

Thanks Myrna and Elephants Child! I wanted to convey the fleeting beauty of things we see everyday. I hope you felt that.
Debora

Aunty Belle said...

charming post, Debora. An' poignant fer ole AuntyBelle as we jes' lost a gorgeous black lab two weeks ago. Hug yore Baron an' treasure that fine friend!

Mark Noce said...

Sounds like a nice walk:)

Anneliese said...

Beautifully written!

Debora said...

Thank Aunty, Mark, and Anneliese for your nice comments. Aunty, my sincere condolences about your dog. I do treasure Mr. Baron. He's my husbands' and my best friend.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Lovely. The couple you saw sounds a wee bit like my hubby and me, only our jackets are considerably older than '80s vintage. (Don't need to wear them very often in Georgia!)

Debora said...

Thanks Susan! Can't imagine a life without coats for rain, wind, and snow. And of course there are dress rain and snow coats, casual ones, and junker ones. I easily own 20 coats!That covers about 9 months of the year.

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