Related: Living

Summer's End

 
 

||29810553@N02||nanjemoy||

Labor Day Weekend…the end of summer… not just a random calendar choice, but a primal shift in seasons…

Spending a day on Nanjemoy Creek in southern Maryland, the signs of the changing seasons abound…

Empty osprey nests up and down the river, the yellow-eyed predators with the loud cries no longer so fussy about guarding their chicks… but still they give the evil eye to anyone who dares come close to their supper… (pity the poor fish!)…

A light breeze feels cool, a ripple across the blue water, a whisper of the winter to come…

Heron, abundant in early summer, now fewer in number, still skittish, squawking loudly at the approach of any intruder…

Empty docks and umbrellas folded, even on a hot late summer day, the summer people are gone, back to the city, to the conventions, to the harried and noisy life away from the river…

Grasshoppers chew down the remnants of swamp reeds, and soon, the once-tall green marsh will be leveled flat into the mud, seeds dormant awaiting the spring…

Pipers and kingfishers dash about still, playing their endless games across the water and through the rustling trees… somewhere a cardinal is calling out, but the late summer redness tinging the leaves makes spotting the singer harder than ever…

Far to the south, a great storm is raging over the city of New Orleans, once more… On these bright waning days of summer in the Washington area, let’s remember all of the people who are displaced once again, those who love that great city with a big heart and such fragile levees.   All politics has stopped; all inconsequential gossip abates for just a small moment in time as we pray that the storm will pass without too much damage.

Here on this small tributary of the Potomac, the scent of autumn is distinctive, the faint glow of soon-golden leaves touching the canopy above.  Give thanks for the privilege and pleasure of living in the temperate zone.

Enjoy these few remaining summer days, we have only so many such lovely days in all of our lives…

This entry was posted in Living. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.


Patricia A. McGuire, President, Trinity, 125 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 202.884.9050   Email: president@trinitydc.edu