Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Counting the Days

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

It's nearly September, with Labor Day just around the corner. It's funny how we mark time. The green grass of spring, has given way to the tall dry grass of late summer. The days are still quite warm. But there is a slight change in the air. In my yard, the desert cottontails and Jack rabbits lounge in the shade in the freshly dug out earth. They forage in the evening for the dry bits of vegetation left from the scorching heat of the summer sun. The Jacks hold sentinal in the yard as the sun sets. The quail and chukar fly into the safety of our cypress trees. In the late evening, the coyotes start to yip and howl with the new voices of the young pups that have grown up over the summer. Soon great horned owls add to the chorus. Another day has gone by. Another season. Nature has its own way of marking time.

The painting above is one of the cottontails in my yard. 20% of the proceeds from its sale will benefit Sarvey Wildlife Center. R.J. Andreae - proud member of Art Helping Animals

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