A Year on Clear Lake-Sept 07, 2013

Three Amigos–September 07, 2013

Having missed my walk for a few days, I was looking forward to getting back to to the peninsula.  I drove over, slapped on my voodoo mosquito repellant, and headed down the path along the creek. The area was super quiet, not a soul in sight, very unusual for a Saturday when it’s usually packed with families enjoying the park, fishing, playing, and picnicking. Even better, I thought selfishly.  I’ll have the place to myself. But when I reached the entrance, the gate was locked. My heart sank. I knew the city had conducted a “realistic” Emergency Preparedness drill in the morning in the park area. Apparently in the excitement of getting the drill underway the police had forgotten to unlock the entrance gate. Deeply disappointed and saddened, I moved to Plan B–the marina and boat ramp, of course. It’s good to have a backup plan, but I did feel a tremendous let down.

So it was a pleasant surprise to discover the three Mallards congregated on the little rocks by the marina. I haven’t seen any ducks in nearly a month. It seemed a special treat. Then my friend the dragonfly darted by and landed on a branch directly in front of me, as if to say, “Hey, photograph me.” And so, of course I did. Then on my way back to the car I was suddenly enveloped in a heavenly scent. A closer look proved it to be coming from the bright, white flowers of the Star Jasmine, which had wrapped itself all about a bush.

All three were totally unexpected pleasures, which proves that things don’t always go as we plan, but if we remain open, we’ll almost always discover an unimagined treat.

One more gentle reminder about the Deer Park Prairie. Please help if you can. Thank you.

Green Thought:“Earth is the holiest place in the Universe, loving the earth, and loving life is the way to generate positive vibrations.” ― Amit Ray