The heatwave finally broke. I mean, it's still warm, it's June after all, but the crazy humidity has passed and left us with sunshine and a pleasant breeze. It's one of those perfect summer days when you just want to go for a hike through the woods, enjoying the trees and flowers and the wildlife. Rabbits hopping by, brightly coloured birds, wild flowers in all kinds of yellows, pinks, purples etc.
This piece, which I completed earlier this afternoon, is inspired by that type of day. I call it Crows in the Clearing. It makes me think of that hike in the woods, and pausing in a clearing, a magical spot where the trees just seemed to disperse to provide a wonderfully open, yet sheltered spot, just for me. I take out a blanket and my little cooler and enjoy a picnic as I look all around me at the trees and shrubs, and of course, the crows. They gathered around the clearing quickly, sensing my food, perching atop trees and posts. They're eager to share in my feast, yet they remain respectfully on their perches, waiting, breaking the wooded silence occasionally to speak to each other or to call to their brethren. I don't mind the noise, in fact, I enjoy their obvious, yet inconspicuous company. When I've had my fill, I return their respect and leave an offering for them to enjoy. I don't stick around to watch them, I have to be getting back.