Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 70: City Park

Dana Park, Cambridge, MA, 9:40am-10:05am
clear, cold, light breeze

Checked out a city park today: a tiny, corner affair, a small lawn edged by a few trees, rosebushes, a basketball court, and a playground.

It's nice to be out so late in the morning, on such a clear day. I marvel at how bright, vivid and visible things are when the sun is out full-force, high in a cloudless blue sky. The whole world looks much more alert and awake than my usual rosey dawns, and I don't think it's just me...

The most apparent animal life in the park, apart from a couple of human walkers, is a small white dog who jingles everywhere he goes. As he approaches me, I hear a faint chirping and find the Bird of the Day, a sparrow, perched atop a tall metal trellis.

For one long moment, Bird, Dog and I are all frozen within a few feet of each other. Dog and I stare eagerly, cautiously, at Bird, who is tensing for departure. Dog leaves first.

Here's the sparrow's call from inside the rose bushes, where his intimate little chirp alternates with a bit of a squawk (protest at my invasion of his territory?).


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