Wednesday, December 28, 2005

A Dismal Day Redeemed

That's what my grandmother would call this -- "a dismal day" with its unrelenting gray. Nevertheless, I decided to walk around the lakes, thinking that with the warm air the water would be open and there might be some ducks.

I had conveniently repressed the memory of the past month of sub-freezing temperatures.

A few pairs of mallards floated silently on the very few watery breaches in the ice. A lone great blue looked sullenly at the stetch of white before her. But chickadees called through the woods, and titmice dashed back and forth to the Nature Center's feeder. Not a bad beginning to the day.


Lisa :-] said...

You don't know dismal until you've experienced one of Oregon's "perpetual twilight" drippy, crappy winter days. There are times when I miss snow; at least it brightens up the landscape a bit...

ChasingMoksha said...

Poor ducks, where do they go if there is no unfrozen water left. I don't know where you live, but the picture reminded me of something out of a Sarah Orne Jewett story. Her stories were mostly regional to Maine, ---I think.

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Red said...

Well come visit Texas it's 76 and sunny!
When you have time stop by. In good fun I tagged you.

Paul said...

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
--Robert Frost

sunflowerkat said...

Not a bad start at all. Sometimes, there is just the right energy hidden in the depths of a dismal day. You just need the motivation to go looking for it.

Virginia said...

Judi can walk outside on any day, no matter the weather, and proclaim "it is a beautiful day!"


Coy said...

A sure fire cure for dismal days is a winter trip to South Florida. Today was beautiful, about 78 degrees out and not a cloud in the sky.
I just love saying that in the winter but actually wouldn't mind seeing a little snow.
*** Coy ***