Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Gentle Day




This Dolichomitus irritator wasp is about as big as your thumb. The amazing addition to this female is her ovipositer that is four times longer than her body. This is to lay her eggs in larvae who bore into wood. Look in the next shot and you can see the ovipositer trailing behind her.




I was thinking of you
Just the other day
And you made me smile.


 As a shepherd stands watching over the herd as a flock of Cattle Egrets joins in all the fun in the sun.




He sat on the porch and just listened. The birds were in terrific form and singing up an opera. The sun seemed brighter, the sky bluer, all around seemed intensified. A tiny butterfly flitted out on the edge of the drive and he remembered it was a Skipper. The thought even surprised him since he used to know only a few names of butterflies. He laughed at a tale to tell when he got back to his favorite coffee shop. His daughter kept a pot always going, but they rarely stopped like he enjoyed. He talked to a little chipmunk scampering along a porch railing. It ran off carrying some nesting materials in its mouth. His friend heard his chipmunk chatter and came out to enjoy the morning. She had him make his chipmunk call again and found it perfect. They decided to go for a ride again and see something very new. They called ahead and made sure there was a wheelchair available. Missing out on a walk would be terrible with weather like this.




He hated how when one sat in a chair all looked down at them and tried to figure what put them in the chair. They bumped along the trail, but many times he felt like trying to walk using the chair. His daughter said no to that, she didn’t want to have to carry him back she said, he was too heavy. He laughed at that since he had lost quite a bit of weight. They called out names of birds to him and he tried to remember all that were new to him. A chipmunk ran in front of him, and he made his chipmunk call, sending both ladies into a laughing fit. They all tried to bring it back with assorted calls to no avail. It wasn’t as easy as cows he thought. He decided to stop and get some peanuts for the one near his home. The loop was long and they came back to where they started and asked if he would like another round. He said only if they had enough push and off they went. This gave his friend some time to shoot some pictures she had missed while being his legs and pushing him. She showed him a favorite woodland bloom and they sat for a bit while she took all angles, afraid she may never see this again. He wondered what she did with all of these pictures. One day she had shown him a few on his television. Up ahead they saw another chipmunk and wondered if it was their friend that they saw earlier. Each offered a call to get its attention and it did, the poor critter ran even faster.



Riding home both the ladies chattered about what they had seen and he drifted off in a dreamy nap. He was talking to the herd and it began to rain. He headed home to see the family and his wife met him on the porch asking him why he sat so long in the rain. He woke up with a start and heard his daughter’s voice instead. They had pulled over to a lookout and could see a herd of elk running down below. He laughed at the vigor both ladies had for wildlife, he knew where his daughter had found hers. He closed his eyes again hoping to return to the rain and being with his wife on the porch, but it never happened. A smile spread across his face, and he still hoped for more. It had been nice to see her again.



They stopped at a food stand and his daughter asked if he wanted some ice cream. It didn’t sound very good, his tastes and appetite were all askew. He said a slush might be good, a small one. His daughter asked if he was ready for a brain freeze, a name they both used for the icy drink. He took a sip and felt the cold go down. Taking another big gulp, he had a burst of pain in his head from drinking too fast. He held his head a bit and alarmed his friend. She turned and asked if he was okay. He laughed and waited for the cold to diminish and told her that is why they gave this drink that name. He set his cup in the holder next to him and slowly sipped at it so as not to freeze his brain again. His daughter was holding her head having the same results. She had ordered her mom’s favorite flavor and acted so much like her sometimes. He wanted to tell her about the dream but kept it to himself. He sat and listened to the chatter and loved how well these ladies had hit it off. The laughter and joy was swept away on a gentle breeze, carried through the tallest of mountain passes.

22 comments:

  1. This comment box still isn't working right.If you have any ideas how to fix it or just want to chat send me a email at wenzlcorp@mchsi.com.
    Steve

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  2. Love your collection of flowers. Gentle indeed! I was thinking about you, too, the other day Steve. xoxo :)

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  3. My favorite drink! I know just what that head freeze does to you:))
    beautiful roses Steve.

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  4. I thought I'd try as I'm not having trouble like some. we haven't had pansies for some time now. I planted some coreopsis but I think the resident rabbits ate it. something did anyway, ate the coreopsis but left the larkspur, among which it was planted, alone.

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  5. Great photographs and narrative again.
    Thank you.
    Costas

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  6. This is a love story of the best sort. This man loves his life and is coming to terms with it while, at the same time he is coming to terms with the end of his life. This part of it today is peaceful and loving and relaxing. You are telling it so well.

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  7. I think my favorite photo today is the one of the border collie. They're such neat dogs. You can hardly look at one without smiling.

    We were out with friends last night and went to Dairy Queen for ice cream. The man we were with suddenly put down his spoon and pressed his hands to his forehead. Yep. Brain freeze.

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  8. Brain freezes are no fun! but your pictures are wonderful!

    Thanks
    Leontien

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  9. enjoyed the walk through the garden

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  10. Funny looking wasp. Don't think I've ever seen one before. Nice close ups. I love the cattle pics and of course the collie is so cute. Beautiful flowers and that squirrel is up to no good..Ha! I enjoy reading your story. It's nice to have friends that can take one for a drive and a few laughs when one is up to it. I haven't had "Brain Freeze" since I was a kid...:) Take care Steve.

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  11. Hi Steve, Just wanted to let you know that my mother-in-law died this morning. She was 91 and lived a nice, long and healthy life. BUT--since I don't have your email, I couldn't let you know that way. I probably won't be visiting blogs much this week---so I just wanted to let you know.
    Betsy

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  12. That wasp is amazing! Glad to have info about it--glad it is not around here too!

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  13. gosh, the story reminds me of such the perfect way to spend a day...just hanging out together and biding time doing a little this and that without expenditure; just good ol' nature!
    the photos are lovely Steve...especially thei very first pink rose :)

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  14. Yum! Slushies! Makes me think of a relaxing day :) The blooms are beautiful!

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  15. I love all those photos. Your pink rose looks like mine. The photo of the suirrel reminds me that is a long time I did not see Quinou, the beautiful brown squirrel.

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  16. Hello Steve!

    Very nice pictures! Lovely flowers.

    Kind regards,

    Antonio

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  17. Beautiful early summer flowers, Steve. :)

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  18. Catching up on blog reading, Steve, as yard projects have kept us busy and not as actively blogging or reading blogs. But the next few days are forecast to be in the 90s so we'll be indoors most afternoons playing catch-up.ENjoyed the flower photos.

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  19. I love visiting your blog. You always post lovely photos and the tales are tender and the best of human.

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Keep it positive and informative,I enjoy hearing from you!