Overcast … still

We have endured one dreary weather system after another. This would not be so unwelcome if each, or at least one or two, had been accompanied by a significant amount of precipitation. Instead, the ground remains dry and we have had clouds, little sun, and sprinkles which preclude drying the laundry, mowing the lawns, and putting the sheep out to breed. Joanna and I both spent yesterday morning and early afternoon at work. Having completed afternoon chores I suggested we take a walk to, in the words of Jeff Mallock from the James Herriot series of books, prevent … stagnation o’ t’lung. [As proprietor of the local slaughter house, Jeff was often called upon to serve judgement on the cause of death of animals which presented at his establishment. It frustrated the good Dr. Herriot when Mallock diagnosed nearly all disease as stagnation o’ t’lung … which I can only guess meant fluid in the lungs, or pneumonia.] We have two ponds here at the farm, one below the house and barns and one above where our pastures merge with the southern reaches of the Tiadaghton State Forest. We made our way slowly up the hill and through overgrown pasture, turned to take in the view to the south, and made our way into the woods. It was quiet there. Leaves seiched in the breeze as they were released from their summer tethers. The deciduous foliage has made its transition from green-and-vigorous to brown-and-decaying quickly and some of it without the usual blaze of yellow, orange, or red. This is perhaps a reflection of our particularly dry summer. The water level of the upper pond was down significantly which is unusual since it is fed by mountain springs and is nearly always full to running over. Mud along the exposed banks recorded the busy perigrinations of deer, raccoon, a variety of birds, and even a small bear. As we turned for home I noticed the grey clouds mirrored in the water’s still surface. Typha, which goes by the common name of Cat Tail, grows in the shallows and as we walked I noticed that the young, nonflowering, and emergent stems looked quite pretty. What do you make of it?


14 thoughts on “Overcast … still

  1. There’s poetry in your words today. Dave, one of the hardly-ever-mentioned pleasures of reading is in the rhythm and in the structure. This, coupled with the message of harmony has made this post particularly beautiful. As is often the case, your post reminded me of a song. This time from long ago, one I have not played or heard in a very, very long time.

    • Thanks Maurice, what a kind response. I have never really thought much about how it is that I write what I write … I just write. That you have noticed a bit of poetry in this contribution is wonderful. I am glad of it. I clicked the Gordan Lightfoot clip and Joanna made me play it through to its end … he’s her absolute favorite. Thanks much for your thoughtful observations and for taking time to send along Mr. Lightfoot – both are much appreciated here at Pairodox. D

  2. Very modern looking! The gray contrasting with the bright green is very stark! I would never have guessed that that was the clouds’ reflection in the water. Can’t see any traces of water at all!

    • Glad you appreciate the look. Joanna reports that you are probably already glued to tonight’s game. I cannot now remember which game was so exciting … I heard about it on the radio. Joanna is a baseball-fan-wannabe. Maybe someday, if we should ever breakdown and allow TV to be plumbing into the house.

      • LOL! I am kind of a bandwagon fan. I turned that GREAT game off on Saturday as they were losing in the 7th and I figured we had no chance as the Tiger’s pitcher was throwing nothing but strikes! Last night was tortuous so I stopped watching early on. But … I will be watching again tonight. These games don’t finish until after midnight so I have to throw the towel in around 10:30 pm regardless! It is exciting though. I have been wearing my “Big Papi” t-shirt for 3 days now!

  3. That’s a nice use of eccentric [i.e. ex-centric, off-center] subject placement in your photograph.

    I had to look up the word seiche. The sciences are great vocabulary engenderers.

    • You’ve hit upon a word which I like to use to describe myself. I have always been known to say that I am eccentric, and people look at me funny. I am quick to point out that the orbits of many celestial objects may be correctly described as ‘eccentric’ … they go round-and-round, just like all the other ‘stuff’ out there … they just happen to take a slightly different path. And that describes me to the proverbial ‘T.’ I go round, just like everyone else, I am simply taking a slightly different path!

      Also, I need to report that I received a nice box fro Adorama yesterday. It contained the 105 micro! I’m delighted and waiting for a nice, dry, day to try it out. D

  4. The image is gloomy – you expect something horrid to happen any moment. But the gloominess is mitigated by the leaves that ‘suddenly’ seem to enter from the left. Fresh, green, crisp, innocent …

  5. Very striking image. The softness and infinity of the clouds/water versus the sharpness and finite nature of the cat tails is a visual shock.

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