Yesterday started out fairly warm with temperatures in the 60s. I was able to do the grocery shopping early that morning. I ran errands an hour later when I took Kendall to work and made it home just as the rain began.
I love the sound of rain in the roof-top, but even more I love when the downpour lessens and you can only hear a trickling of raindrops. There is silence in the natural world as the animals wait patiently for the rain to end.
Standing at the kitchen window, I noticed a throng of house finches. There must have been nearly 20 of them gathered 'round the feeder! I only saw one male in the bunch with his beautiful rosy-colored chest. Occasionally a cardinal or two will join the finches. This time it was a lone female cardinal.
Out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of something running across the yard to take cover beneath a tree. At first, I thought it may be a cat, but with closer inspection I saw that it was a rabbit! We haven't seen any rabbits in months...once Thomas (the wild orange bob-tail kitty I cared for) began to hang around the rabbits stayed away. I hope the dear rabbits stay around.
I have noticed the red-wing blackbirds are no longer in the area now that the weather has turned cooler, but the bluebirds have returned. They left when the weather became too warm. That is what I appreciate about nature - there is always some new discovery to be made and taken notice of.
Speaking of nature, I am about to begin reading Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv. I am looking forward to reading it and the others books I picked up from the library: America's Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides and The Wishing Year: A House, A Man, My Soul ~ A Memoir of Fulfilled Desire by Noelle Oxenhandler.
What books are you currently reading? What nature have you noticed in your little corner of the world?