This morning the difference in hatching dates among some of our local geese was pretty obvious. I suspect, given the growth rate of goslings, there may be only a week or two between some teenagers playing chicken on the local road (see below)
young geese resting in the road
and those prepubescents still herded by goose and gander away from possible dangers like that creature taking pictures as they swim away (see below).
younger goslings escorted away by their parents
At the same time goslings are approaching the time for their first training flights, not far away Summer begins to signal it may have passed its peak. For the last few days, I've noticed increasing numbers of red leaves among the green of the local vines. They've been highlighted by the appearance of a few yellow leaves in the understory.
heat stress or Autumn signs sneaking in?
If I weren't writing these blog posts, I probably would fail to pay as much attention to the daily and weekly changes that occur all around me, although a personal or nature journal might prompt mindfulness as well. I hope you enjoy these reports and that they encourage you to live and record an attentive, mindful, nature-full life. Remember, too, that it was this time of July when men first landed on the moon forty-five years ago. No Summer lulls for them.
First Men on the Moon
"The Eagle has landed!" —Apollo II Commander Neil A. Armstrong"A magnificent desolation!" — Air Force Colonel Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.July 20, 1969
That afternoon in mid-July,Two pilgrims watched from distant spaceThe moon ballooning in the sky.They rose to meet it face-to-face.
Their spidery spaceship, Eagle, droppedDown gently on the lunar sand.And when the module's engines stopped,Rapt silence fell across the land.
The first man down the ladder, Neil,Spoke words that we remember now—“One small step...” It made us feelAs if we were there too, somehow.
When Neil planted the flag and BuzzCollected lunar rocks and dust,They hopped like kangaroos becauseOf gravity. Or wanderlust?
A quarter million miles away,One small blue planet watched in awe.And no one who was there that dayWill soon forget the sight they saw.
Thanks for visiting. Come again when you can.
Please be kind to each other while you can.