Monday, November 9, 2009

NOVEMBER HOURS

In the four years I’ve lived here on the lake, this is the first autumn that the burning bush under my front window actually turned to flame. Last year a lack of rain caused the leaves to wither and drop early, and before that, temperatures dropped too quickly and steeply, and the green leaves seemed to turn brown over night. I guess each of the seasons is the same in general, but unique in detail. This fall, everything happened in the right amounts, the right sequence, and the colors of my bushes, in fact all the trees in the area really blazed forth.


I took a walk around my house early yesterday, checking things out. The lake was perfectly still, and a couple of con trails above the thin line of Pelee Island on the horizon made a face in the sky that looked like the morning was sleeping in. After the recent strong winds, the red maples had really thinned out, and the lawn was once again littered with their large leathery brown leaves. As I walked towards the breakwall, one leaf on the ground stood out among the rest as being a much darker charcoal color. On closer inspection, it turned out to be the leathery foot and partial leg of a Canada goose. It seemed so shocking, lying there in the daylight. Who was it that carried that goose leg, perhaps from a kill it did not itself make, only to abandon it beneath my tree? What nameless, featureless second-hand predation went on when my friendly, bright yard was given over to the dark? Darkness comes early this time of year, and I’m quite happy to stay safely warm inside and let the snuffling wild creatures take their turn. This morning I walked out again, and the leg was gone. Nothing ever goes uninspected, unclaimed for long in nature. Such incidents probably happen around my yard all the time, and I never even know it.

At sundown, the geese gathered on the motionless lake, and sailed across the pillar of reflected light. Perhaps since was so still, they lingered out there where it's safe, waiting for the moon to rise.

11 comments:

jinksy said...

'Red in tooth and claw' - whoever said that about nature, hit the nail on the head. The red bush in your first photo, and red sun in the last, nicely wraps this post up.

Lin Floyd said...

lovely sunset photo, sounds like you are in tune with your surroundings and their beauty.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful, lyrical post that paints such a vivid and beautiful picture. Lovely photos, such a very peaceful looking sunset and a perfect match for your words. Strange about the "foot" and that it disappeared. Animals take care of their "stuff" better than we do sometimes.

Have a great week, Deb!

Sylvia

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gosh Deb, Your area and home are just in a perfect location to enjoy sunrise and sunset... WOW!!!!!

Your "Burning Bush" is so pretty. There's alot of it around here --and it certainly is gorgeous in the Fall.

I don't like to go outside after dark either since we have lots of night critters here too.. I just let them 'do their thing' --and I don't want to know about it...

Hugs,
Betsy

bobbie said...

I do love burning bush. Had a nice one at my last home.

Your sunset is spectacularly beautiful.

The word verifications are interesting today. Yours below says "blend".

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Why don't you repost that sunset on Thursday? It is really nice.

I am with you, I would rather not see the evidence of life and death encounters in my yard. Quite often, I see a turkey death scene in the woods, but can live with it there.

A lady bug just landed on my lamp. Of course I took a photo of it before I took it outdoors.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Why don't you repost that sunset on Thursday? It is really nice.

I am with you, I would rather not see the evidence of life and death encounters in my yard. Quite often, I see a turkey death scene in the woods, but can live with it there.

A lady bug just landed on my lamp. Of course I took a photo of it before I took it outdoors.

Cloudia said...

Just LOVELY, especially the final paragraph. A masterful post about life.


Aloha, Lake Friend!


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Quiet Paths said...

I never tire hearing about the lake, Deb. The sunsets alone are priceless!

Rose said...

Nice post and beautiful photo!

Kathiesbirds said...

I love this post, though it is sad about the goose. But you are right, nature uses everything! What a glorious picture. I can only imagine standing there on the bank and drinking in all that beauty!