Monday, September 10, 2018

Back To The Usual Stuff

I really enjoyed writing down my memories of the first 18 years of my life. It was good to look back and piece it together. I realized after all the posts that there are many things I left out. There are more stories to tell, and when I think about it, the 1970s was a truly wild decade for me. So maybe in the future I'll tell you those stories. It'll be fun, I promise!
In the meantime something amazing happened here. THE SUN CAME OUT. We have been living under the foggiest dome of a sky for several months. I'm not sure how we put up with it without losing our minds, although it's possible I did lose mine, it's pretty hard to tell anymore. But that beautiful sun and blue sky made an appearance for a few days, and we went out to enjoy every moment of it.
I had been a little worried that without seeing atmospheric optics that I had lost my love for the sky, that I had moved on to the grim task of just growing old and not being drawn to run out and take photos anymore. Well, then there was this sunset. It made me fall in love again with the sky. I kept running outside to take a look. Love had truly been awakened.
The next day we went for a walk at the marsh and saw even this hint of crepuscular rays. I was shooting photos out of the car window as we went zooming by, shouting for joy at the sight of it.
While we were out at the marsh we ran into two people, a woman with her very elderly father who were slowly walking along bird watching and enjoying the day. We stopped to say hello, and she asked us if we were bird watchers. We said, yes we are. She told us that there were some juvenile birds in the pond that she thought might be Mergansers and were definitely not Mallards. So, I took a few photos to ID later. (I do think they are juvenile Hooded Mergansers.)
We moved on around the big pond. The woman and her dad were walking around the pond in one direction, and we were walking in the other. So our paths crossed again a while later. There she was pointing out to her father the beautiful Long-billed Curlews that were finding food at the pond's edge. We talked a bit more, and she introduced herself and her dad whose name she said was Hy. He had just  come north from the central coast and had moved in with her. I asked him where he was from originally and he said "Brooklyn." Ah, I thought I had recognized that familiar east coast accent. I told him that I was from New Jersey. He said that he was born in New Jersey, in Newark to be precise. I shouted, I was born in Newark too! We kept shaking each other's hand and smiling at each other. Then we all agreed we hoped we'd meet again in the future walking around the marsh ponds. It was like running into family, it felt that good.

So, that's the story of life when the sun comes out.

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  1. "I shouted, I was born in Newark too! We kept shaking each other's hand and smiling at each other. Then we all agreed we hoped we'd meet again in the future walking around the marsh ponds. It was like running into family, it felt that good."

    I love this so much. :)

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    1. Val-- Thank you for that. It was quite a moment.

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  2. "Love had truly been awakened."

    I love that you met a man who was also born in Newark. I love the image of the two of you smiling and shaking hands there in the beautiful light late summer light that shines on Humboldt Bay.

    Love is truly awakened by the sky. I'd been looking forward to the return of Orion in the pre-dawn late August sky to the east but instead our sky was filled with smoke for days. I have felt that love, too, in the days since the smoke has been gone. We've had a few early mornings, including this one, where Orion and the Pleiades and all the stars and constellations I don't know by name are shining brightly. When I was working through the night as a transcriptionist for many years, it was such a joy to witness so many starry nights. It seemed to me then that, although there was often a cloud cover here during the days, the sky often cleared at night. Maybe that is why I am so fond of night in the Pacific Northwest.

    I look forward to hearing more of your stories, as the time comes to tell them.

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    1. am-- It had been such a long time since we saw the sky. I can't imagine being able to see Orion and the Pleiades, but hopefully I will remember when the nights are clear again. Thank you for your kind words.

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  3. Love the birds, especially that curlew. It IS funny how bonded we feel when we run into someone from our hometown. When I meet someone from Tampa it always feels like I know them! Glad the sun has come out and you're skywatching again.

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    1. Steve-- We love that Curlew too. Such a beauty. I wish I had thought to ask Hy when he was born. He was close to my mom's age, or a bit younger like two of her siblings. Made me wonder if he might have known them before he moved to Brooklyn. We're having another sunny day. Went to the beach and watched Harbor Seals in the mouth of the river as the tide was coming in. Ah sunshine!

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  4. What a great post. You are so right. Good weather after a streak of bad weather lifts the soul and gets people out to meet others. Love the photographs.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Yes! The sun has been such a good uplifting balance to these times we are living in. I truly love it!

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  5. A walk in the sun gives you many good photo opportunities and a new friend.

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    1. Red-- Yes it does! Being without the sun for so long really reminded us how that light and warmth is the best!

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  6. I was wondering how someone who loves the sky so much was handling being denied daily. Soooo glad you have got your passion back. How cool to have met someone born in NJ. I am sure you made each others day. A touch of home while so far away.
    Hope you do tell more early robin stories. Loved hearing how events and life formed you.

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    1. Patti-- It had been a total bummer. I was surprised though by how well I was handling it. And now relieved that all my love for the sky came back to me. Thank you for encouraging me to write more. I really appreciate that.

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  7. I love reading your post. I'm so glad your back to your usual stuff. I spend the last half hour catching up on your memories post. WoW! They brought back a lot of my memories, good and bad. It is a wonderful world we live in.

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    1. Dave-- I'm glad to be back to my usual stuff. We went for our morning sunrise walk and wow there was sun! Happy happy day already. I often look back at the turbulent 60s and wish I could convey to the men and women who served how much my efforts were to protect them from a war. My dad was a WW2 veteran who earned a purple heart for his service. He understood his children's pacifist passions. I wish the world were a different place than what it has become.

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  8. We have been having some much sun and mainly blue skies, and so little rain lately that I kind of long for those gray skies. Fortunately, we have had a little rain in the last couple of days, but we need more. It looks now like Hurricane Florence will bring us drier air rather than rain. Leah's aunt lives in Winston-Salem, NC, which appears as of Monday to be directly in the path of some of the very heavy rain that is predicted.

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    1. Mark-- Interesting that you are having sun and little rain. I'm surprised you won't get anything from Florence. My older brother in Virginia got 2 1/2 inches of rain on Sunday and is prepping for quite a bit more from the hurricane. Yikes!

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  9. Excellent *usual stuff*, thank you!

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  10. Sun! What lifts the heart draws people together. I am so happy that your heart has been lifted and you were able to share those gorgeous skyscapes with us.
    The happy meeting with Hy made me grin from ear to ear. This was definitely a post that leaves me smiling.
    Inspired by your joy, I'm going to go listen to Brewer and Shipley's version of Witchi Tai To!

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    1. CCorax-- We're still having sun! It's such a wonderful thing. The long winter of summer seems to have finally ended. The joy of warmth and light is everywhere. Thank you for your kind words.

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  11. The heat has gone from us now and we are heading into autumn. Not had a lot of rain though but it looks like it's on the way.

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    1. Bill-- Autumn is my favorite season. Love the light and the temps.

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  12. I know only too well that thrill of meeting someone from "home." It happens rarely, but never gets old.

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  13. Great post, sunshine and a walk and a happy chace meeting of a New Jersey-ite. So many daughters in the world caring for their elderly parents, it's an image I could relate to very well and it made my heart glad. The men help out as well in many ways, often helping things get put in place, but as my mom said "it's the daughters..." As always, I look forward to your words and images. Thank you. Kim in PA

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    1. KimS-- Yes, so many daughters care for their elderly parents. Meeting Hy reminded me so much of the short time my mom came to live with us. It really tugged at my heart.

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