A Year on Clear Lake-Jul 26, 2013

Cotton-Candy  Sunset–July 26, 2013

Here’s another thing I never gave much thought to before – the difference between summer sunsets and winter sunsets. Summer sunsets, full of blues, pinks, and yellows, are whimsical and soft, reminding me of a big swirl of cotton candy. And they are gentle even though the sun is hotter and more fierce this time of the year. In contrast, winter sunsets are fiery, burning with reds and orange, although the sun is cooler then. It’s nature’s little joke. (Photo at left is from February 2013.)

So, what’s missing in this picture (right)? The doe and two (not one, two) fawns that teased me like crazy today dashing about the brush, but vanishing so quickly I couldn’t begin to get a photo. Quite possibly, one of the fawns is hiding in this photo. Less than a minute after I snapped it, the little fella leaped out and dashed away.

Very exciting to discover the fawns, especially having found their tracks in the mud earlier in the week. Can’t wait to show them to you, but don’t hold your breath. They are fast little devils. This may take a while.

Here’s a note about those strangest of all creatures–humans. They are fascinating critters, too, who are never long satisfied. No sooner do they accomplish one goal (getting a photo of the deer) then they have to have a new goal (getting photos of the fawns). Never satisfied with what they have–always chasing after a new prize.

Note: I truly am happy, despite endless goals. Being able to come here everyday is satisfying in itself. What I can’t believe is that I have lived across from this piece of land for 15 years and never knew. But as the saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will come.” I am so ready.

Green Thought: Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~John Lennon