Mrs. Koch, one of my favorite and most influential teachers from high school wrote to me a few days ago and mentioned the subtle beauty of the prairie, as opposed the “spectacular wonder of the mountains.”. That’s stuck with me ad I think of the truth in the statement often.
As usual, my photo doesn’t capture what I want to display - whether it’s the camera (phone!) or the operator is still being worked out.
This was early morning, dewy and the sun still angled. The light and dew revealed spiderwebs every six inches to foot in the entire expanse of the fields on each side of me. It’s a wonder there are flys left at all.
Perhaps less subtle, but wonderous, I lifted my rad just in time to scare three deer into the corn field. The corn was about chest high. As the deer ran, they were too short to run straight and so would leap up, bounding through the corn. The effect was just like dolphins leaping from the water as they swim.
The deer left men eeling different than dolphins at play. As opposed to the seeming exuberance of the dolphins seeking out the bow of a boat, the deer were reacting from fear. Or, to anthropomorphize less, spurred by the instinct for flight.