A Change In The Air

One recent morning found me in a sunflower field. The sun had just broken the horizon. An upland sandpiper trilled somewhere in the field and I wondered why he hadn’t flown south yet. Then a honk honking broke the morning quiet. Recognizing the call of Canada Geese, I looked up. My visibility was hampered by a nearby cornfield and tall sunflowers surrounding me, but I continued to hear the honk honking. I finally saw them directly overhead in their classic V formation. They were on the move.

Having spent the summer paired off and raising families, they had regrouped into flocks to fly south to warmer areas. And it struck me: Fall? Again? Already? Another year gone. I mean, I know of course, but knowing it and seeing evidence of it flying overhead, well, it’s a tap on the shoulder.

The geese honked down at me,

“Hey girl, standing there in the field in shirtsleeves, get ready cause winter’s coming. Snow, ice, biting winds, and brutal temperatures are on the way. …And we’re outta here….Bye!”

I washed a load of winter coats that day.


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Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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9 Responses

  1. Mary Jane says:

    I hope they bring their lunch. There is nothing growing here…all burned up by the incredible drought and heat we’ve suffered in Texas this year, plus unbelievable wildfires.

    • Tina says:

      So soryy to hear about your wildfire and drought. Everytime I see a storm on the weather I hoped it would turn toward Texas. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Suzanne says:

      So sorry Mary. Hoping that your weather will improve and recovery can begin soon.

  2. Doe of Mi. says:

    Wow Suzanne, you got some great pics of those geese. I love seeing them and hearing them fly over. I get them everyday in the summer flying over from the nesting ground to the pond. Love it, love it.

  3. Melanie says:

    Loved the 3 geese in their point pic!! Seems as if fall will certainly be here by the end of the week. .and hopefully some much needed moisture!! We’re havin’ chili!! YUM!

  4. Callie says:

    Great photos!

  5. Teresa says:

    They are beautiful, and I love hearing them, but I am not ready for fall and (yikes) winter!

  6. Aw…I love geese! I absolutely love the honking…it is one of my favorite things about Fall…it just completes everything! Our geese have been flying overhead as well. They come through in the morning when I put my son on the bus and then in the evening around 8.

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