A front passed through yesterday, and although there were storms all around to be seen and heard, our particular spot didn't get a drop of needed rain. However, the cool, dry breeze this morning was perfect for my hike on the pipeline. I took my journal, but hiking the hills felt so good I didn't stop until I was in the woods coming home and passed by one of our hundreds of Dwarf Paw Paws and happened to see a fruit dangling from a limb. I decided to draw it.
To get a good angle for drawing I had to sit on the ground so that I was eye-level with the paw paw which dangles under leaves. This was a great set-up for about... hmm... five minutes. Then the insects found me. Bzzzzz went the bees, chomp went the mosquitos. Gnats showed up to flit around my eyes and ears. Flies buzzed around and around somewhere behind where I sat. They weren't bothering me directly, but I could hear their constant noise, closer, further away. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ZZZZZZZ zzzzzzz ZZZZZ zzzzzzzzz ZZZZZZZ zzzzzzzzz ZZZZZ zzzzz ZZZZZZZ I felt bites and had to scratch and/or kill mosquitos, spider and beetles scritched around in the leaf litter... All in all not a wonderful day to be journaling outside. The Paw Paw drawing is a labor of love, no doubt about it.
Two small feathers were found at the furthest end of our section of pipeline. They are very soft...not sure what bird they're from. Rufous-sided Towhees called to me all along the way to "Drink-your-teaaaaaaa!" Cicadas were grinding away in the trees.