The Badger Hole – But I’m OK Now…

Early October morning… frosty autumn air… fragrance of sage… breathe deeply… no poison there…

Golden yellow…orange… red… aspen leaves reflect the sunrise… blue captures the black sky of night… stellar parade lost to sight…

Cacophony of sound… avian dawn chorus… celebrate the day…

Cry of the coyote… screech of the raptor… jackrabbits, cottontails and quail scramble for cover…

Sandhill Cranes talking… dancing in joy…

Canada geese cackling… constantly it seems…

Steens Mountain… melting snow… Blitzen River… Silvies River… Malhuer Lake… riparian area abounds… paradise for birds… carpe diem…

Oregon… Harney County… Malhuer Wildlife Refuge… migratory birds rest and feed… keep your eyes on the sky… watch the trees… the bush… binoculars ready… camera ready…

Hide from the birds… observation blind… Marshall Pond… gravel road… level surface… trusting feet to find the path… while looking up… oops…

I’m falling… I’m falling…

Oh No… panic… camera crashed to the ground… knees, hip, elbow next… stunned by impact… need a moment… checking for injury… no pain…

I’m OK… I’m OK… need a moment… catch my breath… reflect on good fortune…

I’m OK… what happened… did I… fall off the edge of the earth… fall into a black hole…

Somewhere a badger laughed…

Silly bipedal human… watch your feet… you stepped into my parlor, that’s all.

By Larry Rea© www.Taxaflora.com

Photo by Larry Rea

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