Thursday, August 13, 2015

Late Summer

We have a very healthy mallard population this summer… just in case you were worried and the question keeps you up at night. I also counted a pair of kingfishers this morning. A solitary and generally agreeable swan and two hyperactive sandpipers round out the cast of characters that congregate at the South Natick Dam in late Summer. There, I said it: "late Summer." That makes me wince a little. You?

The farmer's field grows a granola mix of herbs now instead of lush grasses: chicory, dock, clover and crabgrass. If he bales it, will the cows and horses like it in January and March when the snow circles around like some wild stray animal.

I also hear the steady drone of crickets and at night, frogs and screech owls. My backyard badger looks quite fit. The garden has survived his presumed predations; we did see it eating a green apple the other evening. We said hello to the Perseid meteors last night. This reminds me of the pleasures of star and meteor gazing from a still-warm wooden dock in mid-August. Can you hear the languid water lapping, lazy slapping, dripping? We should save these warm memories for the cold nights ahead.


8/5/2015
paint stick, crayon

8/5/2015
paint stick, crayon

8/13/2015
litho crayon

Swan and two ducks
8/5/2015
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