Monday, March 08, 2021

Pre-Bang/Post-Bang

 I checked the skies early Sunday morning to see if there might be a nice sunrise. It was interesting out there, so I thought I'd go out with the camera and see if might even get better.

I liked the hints of crepuscular rays and the beginning of cloud shadows. Then the early morning quiet was interrupted by gun shots. Seriously. Bang bang bang. Someone was out by the slough behind our neighbors' houses across the street hunting. Bang bang. I was so surprised and so were the hundreds of geese back there.
They took off honking and honking, almost as loud as the bang bang from the guns. Quite a surprise at 6:30 am. 

But what was even more of a surprise was that I felt well enough to head out there. I got my first Covid vaccine shot on Friday, and on Saturday I felt a little bit crummy, headache, chills, exhausted. Sunday morning I felt a little bit better. It didn't last, but I did get to go out and get greeted by guns and geese.

 

24 comments:

  1. Goodness isn't that against the law to fire a weapon in a residential area? If not it should be. Hope they weren't shooting at the geese. Keep your head down robin.

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    1. Patti-- The slough behind our neighbors' houses is an open space for lots of wildlife. We've heard guns out there before, but never that early in the morning and only during hunting season, which this is NOT. Weird.

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  2. The Canada Geese have been in the sky here, too. The flocks I've seen are passing through on their way to destinations further north. Sometime this month, I will hear a small flock of Canada Geese arriving, those whose destination is the cattail marsh I look out on from porch. This is where they mate. This is where they build their nests They, along with the mallards and other ducks, are safe from guns at this cattail marsh but who knows how many gunshots they hear before they arrive. Duck hunting season began here on February 6. Canada Geese are a protected population, once near extinction.

    https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/summary-of-seasons/migratory-waterfowl

    Hope that you continue to feel better. My only immediate side effect after my first Moderna shot on February 26 was an achy arm, but in the past week I have felt increasingly sleepy and unmotivated during the day after sleeping well for up to 9 hours during the night. I'm not sure what is going on, although March and April are rarely easy months for me for various reasons, one of which is that I am allergic to the trees I love so dearly. Mystifying.
    Nevertheless, grateful to be alive in this Beloved Community in the midst of mysteries. Coincidentally, I've just finished reading John Lewis' book Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement.

    https://www.npr.org/2021/03/05/974035873/for-the-first-time-in-56-years-a-bloody-sunday-without-john-lewis

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    1. am-- Migration season here is pretty spectacular. Sometimes there are at least a thousand or more flying and honking as they go by. I've held the phone up to the sky so people I'm talking to who live where there are no migrating geese get to hear the beautiful concert.
      I'm hopeful all of these low level side effects will diminish over time for both of us. I'm feel pretty good, a little bit more tired than usual.

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  3. I'm surprised you had such a strong reaction to the first shot. it's usually the second one from the people I know who have had both. we hear gunshots out here a lot during dove and duck hunting seasons.

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    1. ellen-- I was surprised too. I'm feeling much better, so that gives me hope that I'll endure whatever comes after the second shot was well.
      The duck/goose hunting season is over here, so not sure why someone was out there shooting a gun so early in the morning.

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  4. Oh my goodness, I'd have jumped out of my skin at hearing those gun shots so near. We have some hunters in our mountains, and the sounds do carry along the curves and valleys. Glad those geese got going away from the shots. Hope you continue to feel better. I've had both shots (Moderna) with just sore arms...but still am trying to live a safe life. Wishing you a good week with beautiful skies!

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    1. Barbara-- I was definitely surprised to hear that especially since it is not hunting season here. People don't always play by the rules.
      I am feeling much better.

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  5. Was this a 21 gun salute? Oh yeah, you said it was a three banger!

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    1. Red-- Well, it went on for a few more bangs, but certainly not 21!

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  6. Well THAT's alarming. As long as they weren't aiming at you! (I imagine the geese were the targets, maybe?)

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    1. Steve-- I think the geese were the target. I've heard that other wildlife prowl around out there as well. So, hard to know what the target was.

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  7. I would hate to live in a country where guns were so prevalent. But good news on the vaccine front - soon you will able to move around freely.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- It is a bit creepy knowing there are so many people with guns.
      We are definitely looking forward to feeling safe after I get my second shot on April 2nd.

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    1. Catalyst-- The sound of gunshots is an unsettling thing.

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  9. Yet another writer feels ineluctably drawn towards the use of "crepuscular". Don't see this as sneering, we've all done it. My favourite for years and years was "rebarbative" - so much so that I had to have it surgically removed.

    Actually "ineluctably" is another.

    Why didn't I persuade my daughter to name her daughter (my grand-daughter) Crepuscule? Such style! But there was no hope there. An enormous enthusisasm had developed for the name Ysabelle - given the foreknowledge that it would be endlessly misspelt and that first names beginning with Y are pretty rare.

    And, I suppose, the further conviction that it would quickly be shortened to Bella. Which it was.

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    1. Roderick-- You do know that that is what these types of rays are called. I'm not sure why it ruffles your feathers, but then again you like your feathers ruffled. Glad I could oblige.

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    2. Me? Ruffled? Never in this wide world. It's just that crepuscular is a five-dollar word and we're all tempted to use such words, often out of sheer euphony. My features editor on the mag I edited loved the word "hegemony"; since I was the one who edited his copy I felt I had to ration him. We just weren't a hegemony mag.

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    3. Roderick-- It's the word that I learned through my intense crazy interest in atmospheric optics. I don't even know what else to call it anymore.

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  10. Migratory birds are like guardian angels to me. What a wonderful picture.

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    1. Sabine-- We love when the Canada Geese come through here. Literally by the thousands day after day. It's pretty grand.

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  11. My wife had a right reaction after here injection. She came down feeling unwell a few hours later and it lasted for a couple of days, don't think she is looking forward to the next one. As for Hunting lucky we are limited to shoots that land owners have around us and that is not often at the moment

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    1. Billy-- When are you and your wife getting your next shots? Mine is scheduled for April 2nd. I'm a little worried about it, given how crappy I felt for a day or two, but I'm hoping all will go well. I wish the same for your wife.

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