A Year on Clear Lake-Sept 28, 2013

The Visitor–September 28, 2013

This little sandpiper was a welcomed visitor this morning. He teeter-tailed down the boardwalk and then vanished, but not before brightening my day with his presence.

I’m loving the autumn sky. The summer sky is bright blue with huge, white puffy clouds that billow upwards, and an in-your-face blinding sun that illuminates everything. The autumn sky is much more low keyed. It grays up, and mutes the sun beneath its blanket of clouds.  Today, the sky was a soft blue-gray with a tiny touch of white. Very soothing, and that’s why I love autumn.

The pelicans have been active and plentiful by the house. I have never tied a season to their presence. Pelicans are here year round, but there are many,many more now as compared to earlier in the summer. They glide in with larger groups. I assume we’re getting brown pelicans from other areas–part of the fall migration. Which is fine, of course. They are welcomed here.

The beautiful American White Pelicans will arrive in late October–an event that used to mark the beginning of autumn for me. I’ve learned a lot in the last year. Autumn is that, but so much more.

In the meantime, the yellow-crowned night heron is still busy at work, foraging for its next meal.

Green Thought: “There are mystical, unbreakable bonds between all members of the natural world including humans and animals. Whether or not we remember or acknowledge this relatedness, it still exists.” ― Elizabeth Eiler