i don’t need much…snowy winters, owl song, warm puppy noses…and this lamp…snowy winters, owl song warm puppy noses, and this lamp…and that’s all i need.
it must have been the power of positive thinking these past few nights. first, i lamented the scarcity of moose and one appears on the road like a hooved poltergeist. then, just as i was about to be lulled to distraction on my midnight stop last night, a boreal sang from the haunts where one hasn’t been heard in 9 years.
in that location, i am sure the owl was singing for the owler to remind the latter that just because he hasn’t heard an owl, doesn’t mean one is not there.
but really, it’s been 9 years since i heard one in that landscape and of course, hearing one meant i mentally recycled the last 25 years in that location and stopped on 1991, the year a boreal owl ended up in a wood duck nest box which could only be accessed by crossing an open water wetland and fording its associated river, then hiking for days until finally, i could throw the ring into the fires of mordor.
trust me…owler fantasies are the BEST!!!!
the owl hung out for a couple of weeks, enticed a female into his den of inequity and then…just like the flood waters of spring…was gone.
so last night’s fervored song on a mild april night made everything right in the world.
tonight will mark my 5th survey night in a row and accordingly, i am a bit weary.
snowy winters, owl song, warm puppy noses, and this lamp…and a little sleep…and that’s all i need.