Harvest season; canning season. Would that I could harvest a month of days like today, preserve them, and one-by-one take them from the root cellar next Winter. Not all at once of course, maybe just a couple a week during January, February and March.
Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) the year it was planted
Photo by J. Harrington
While playing in the run today with one of the dogs, I noticed that at least one of the Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) bushes is missing a number of leaves. All of them are missing berries, for the second year in a row. I suspect the local whitetails, or perhaps the rabbits, have been taking advantage of us, again, although the shrubs are listed in several sources as being "deer resistant." One of the challenges of country living is enjoying nice things before the local wildlife beats us to it. Yesterday I transplanted this year's chipmunk number 5 or 6. I'm still hesitant to try bee-keeping because of bears and keeping chickens because of coyotes. Maybe next year I'll try one or the other. Bear, deer and, often, chipmunks do most of their pilfering at night. That's also when we hear the coyotes. I need to get some sleep every day so the wildlife often wins. Sigh! To be clear, I don't mind sharing but think I''m due at least a tithe.
bear scat on deck [Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)?]
Photo by J. Harrington
One the other hand, if these are the most non-trivial problems I have, then they aren't non-trivial, actually, are they. The turkeys haven't been aggressive, no bear at the feeders so far this year. (I hope that's not famous last words.) Now that I think about it, last August's (2014) bear scat on the deck looks suspiciously like 2013's black chokeberries, doesn't it? Maybe the answer is to plant lots more and see if we can overwhelm the eaters and nibblers.
Like the waxwings in the juniper,a dozen at a time, divided, paired,passing the berries back and forth, and bynightfall, wobbling, piping, wounded with joy.
Or a party of redwings grazing whatfalls—blossom and seed, nutmeat and fruit—made light in the head and cut by the light,swept from the ground, carried downwind, taken....
It's called wing-rowing, the wing-burdened armsunbending, yielding, striking a balance,walking the white invisible line drawnjust ahead in the air, first sign the slur,
the liquid notes too liquid, the heart inthe mouth melodious, too close, which startsthe chanting, the crooning, the long lyricsilences, the song of our undoing.
It's called side-step, head-forward, raised-crown, flap-and-glide-flight aggression, though courtship isthe object, affection the compulsion,love the overspill—the body nodding,
still standing, ready to fly straight out ofitself—or its bill-tilt, wing-flash, topple-over; wing-droop, bowing, tail-flick and drift;back-ruffle, wingspread, quiver and soar.
Someone is troubled, someone is trying,in earnest, to explain; to speak withoutswallowing the tongue; to find the perfectword among so few or the too many—
to sing like the thrush from the deepest partof the understory, territorial,carnal, thorn-at-the-throat, or flutelikein order to make one sobering sound.
Sound of the breath blown over the bottle,sound of the reveler home at dawn, light ofthe sun a warbler yellow, the sun insong-flight, lopsided-pose. Be of good-cheer,
my father says, lifting his glass to greeta morning in which he's awake to bewith the birds: or up all night in the sleepof the world, alive again, singing.
Thanks for visiting. Come again when you can.
Please be kind to each other while you can.