It’s been a pretty intense day out here in the far west. This morning I got a text from my cousin Linda’s daughter. I haven’t heard from Linda in decades, and I’ve tried to find her, but to no avail. I was SO happy to get that text especially since it didn’t have bad news. Within the hour my cousin and I were talking on the phone. We grew up together. She is the closest thing to a blood-sister I have.
We talked for an hour and learned that we both love dogs and we both have and have had many dogs at a time. We learned that we missed each other (I think we both knew that already). She lives in Albuquerque, only three hours away, so when the Pandemic has resolved itself somehow, I will head down.
In the fullness of time it was the appointed hour for a meander with Bear in the Big Empty. One of the wonderful things about the Big Empty that I can only TELL you is that it is SILENT unless the wind is blowing. You get in there a ways and you don’t hear cars and you don’t hear anything but wind and birds and nothing. Today was one of those mystically silent days and Bear and I, well I, sat on a rock and listened to the nothing. It’s incredible. Another thing about doing that for a while is that animals forget you’re there, particularly birds forget you’re there. After a while I heard the flap of large wings behind me and soon an osprey flew over and past me toward a meal in the field somewhere. Then I knew I’d seen what I’d come to see and it was time to head back.
It was just a gorgeous day out there. At one point, Bear stopped because she heard a meadowlark. I guess we all train our dogs to do what we care about. 🙂 It was cool and breezy without being windy, and I met a new bird, the Yellow Headed blackbird. He is beautiful
However, I listened a long while to his call and then I decided to share it with you.
It’s been an intense kind of day but a very sweet one. On our way out to the Refuge I got to talk to the little boy and his mom and we made a GREAT plan to find Monarch Butterfly larva or cocoons (depending) when this dumb virus is over.