I was scurrying about yesterday morning on my self-imposed hamster wheel of a schedule when this post from Linda Leinen reminded me it was the Autumnal Equinox. I jumped off the wheel and paid attention to the day.
We’re still a few weeks away from that first strong cold front of the year, but the Equinox sky looked like autumn. The air had cooled enough to open windows in the early morning. The lone Texas Redbud on our bluff started sporting fall colors last week, and it was looking a little ragged after several days of wind.
Several Whitetail does raced across our clearing. I first looked for a dog on their heels. Then I remembered I’d seen a buck scraping the velvet off his antlers a few days ago. Sure enough, a buck emerged from the cedars in hot pursuit and disappeared into the woods on the other side. It’s time to be extra careful on the road.
Equinoxes and Solstices take my attention off the spin of my own little hamster wheel and put it back where it belongs, on the beauty of the big spin of the world. Monuments like Stonehenge can do that for some, but I do fine with the view over the Medina River valley. I don’t need to move nearly as much rock that way. If I need a Stonehenge, there’s one not too far away.
On an entirely different topic, it’s easy to see why the English language can be confusing. There’s no easy way around “does” for plural female deer, but it sure looks funny. I can imagine someone saying “Did he mean ‘Several Whitetail did race across’ and then change his mind?”
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