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Monday, June 7, 2010

Selinda snippets

We watched a ridiculous movie on dvd last night. I could hardly stay awake while people screamed and buildings tumbled and mass hysteria ruled the world. There was some nice music at the end though. By the time it finished and i had put the laptop away, i couldnt sleep. typical. So i pulled out my book and little clip on reading torch thing.  It was pitch black outside and the big yellow planet that hung low in the western sky earlier on had sunk below the treeline giving the other stars their chance to shine.

Then i heard it. The soft thud of something large mammalian and furry landing on the wooden deck outside our window.  I switched off the torch and listened hard thinking i could hear footfalls, and breathing - hoping it was the leopard whose tracks we sometimes see.  This morning there were flakes of bark lying on the deck - something had climbed into the big leadwood tree - the better to view the floodplain perhaps.  Sometime later he left.

This morning lying in my cosy bed sipping hot coffee I weighed the options of staying there until the day warmed up, or leaping out into the sharp cold air, and going onto the floodplains before sunrise to look for wild dogs. It was a quick decision - even though staying in bed had a strong case.  We watched the sky turn rosy pink, reflected in the mirror like water, then suddenly molten gold was spilling out between the trees, touching the yellow grasses and climbing up the gnarled tree trunks.  Daybreak.


12 comments:

Lyn said...

Such beautiful imagery. YOu live in an extraordinary place and I thank you for sharing a glimpse with us.

Susan Erickson said...

The natural world beats out Hollywood any day, especially your natural world. Love the imagery...I felt the nip of the morning air.....

Lauri said...

I certianly know about that hard decision every morning. Not a fan of coldness but wild dogs might get me out.

Spiny Marshmallow said...

I agree about the lovely imagery - so enjoyed reading

Rob Inukshuk said...

Ooh...a Leopard in the night - exciting.

Lori ann said...

If you had not chosen the wild dogs i was going to faint right here on the spot. shall i knit you up a pair of fingerless gloves for those early mornings with the camera? (and typing too!)
Val, this was just so beautiful.
xxx lori

p.s. your card came today!!

Val said...

dear all - actually i am loving this winter cold - its so fresh, and where better to experience it ...
Rob - love that leopard visit; he came past last night again but didnt land on the deck
Lori - oh yes - mittens! i love them. used to have a pair - always think of you and how much you love this
glad the card arrived eventually!

sorry for the lack of photos - cant seem to get it right from here... but thanks for visiting anyhow

xxxxV blog on and enjoy!!

Vagabonde said...

Do you have wild dogs in your area? What beautiful animals. I saw a bunch of them at the Bronx Zoo last year. I had never seen them live before and just could not get away. But to see them in the wild – how wonderful.

Angela said...

My long comment disappeared! But you know how I feel anyway, Val, don`t you!

Charl said...

Thanks again. Your little sketches keep me connected to a better reality than the Californian one.

Kristin said...

Each post is a treat - the words, the photos, even the thoughts left unsaid. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

Katherine said...

Yes. A treat. No better words. I've been busy creating art and meeting assignment deadlines, but now I have the day to do nothing but catch up on blogland! A treat to start with yours Val.