A Sense of Awareness


After a scorching summer, today is a blessing. The heavy overcast clouded sky sprayed a light mist throughout the day. I stepped outside, and a chill hit me like you’d feel when you first jump in the water. As I walked to the river, I became more aware of my surroundings.

Squirrels noisily scampered over the fallen leaves to search out the fallen acorns. A crisp autumn day displayed its colors like an artist’s palette of reds, yellows oranges, and browns. Leaves of oak, maple, and elm laid among the musty rich soil of last year’s decaying leaves. The once vibrant green leaves still cling to the limbs, are now withered and spotted with age.

I inhaled deeply and smelled the smoke of burning cedar from the chimney of a nearby house. A fishy scent permeated the air as I came closer to the water. Like steam from a boiling teapot, cloudy vapors hovered on the waters’ surface. Drops of rain pelted the water like bait fish jumping in and out of the water.

In the distance, I heard fog horns bellow out their low blaring signal. Out from the waters cloudy vapor, I could see the silhouette of a crab boat. As it got closer, crab baskets stacked 4 high seem to overflow the boat’s tiny deck. The boat cut a deep wake making its way to the pier to offload its daily catch of the day.

In these days of technology and fast paced time, we no longer take in the beauty of nature and hear the sounds of joy. Although the day was dismal and dreary, I found happiness and pleasure in capturing the various senses of my surroundings.

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7 thoughts on “A Sense of Awareness

  1. Priceless Joy March 21, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    I enjoyed how you described your surroundings by the senses. Very nicely done!

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  2. DailyMusings March 21, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    beautiful post- I always turn to nature to allow me to forget the fast pace and commotion around me.

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  3. Nam H Nguyen March 21, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    I’ve never seen a squirrel 😐
    At least not in real life
    All these American and European animals I will never see!

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  4. Tori's Stori March 21, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Great post! The scenery you describe here is diametrically opposite to where I am. Spring is upon us and new beginnings surround us.

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  5. 1kayaker March 21, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    I live in an area where I am able to feel and see all four seasons. Like you say Spring is a new season. Young growth of plants with the rich and luchious colors. Animals preparing for a new generation. Summer is long days of hot and humid weather. Later in the summer the plants thirst for water. The lazy days of summer, animals move slow so not to create anymore heat than is necessary.
    Fall the time for nature to prepare to rest. Some trees shed their now red, yellow, and brown leaves. Decayed woods and plants permeates the air of mustiness. Some birds begin their migration and animals search for their hibernation spot. Finally the grey days of winter silhouettes the cold blue skies. Winters forecast, below freezing temperatures and accumulation of snow. The air is fresh and clean as I take a deep breath.

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  6. Jackie Paulson March 26, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    In these days of technology and fast paced time, we no longer take in the beauty of nature and hear the sounds of joy. Although the day was dismal and dreary, I found happiness and pleasure in capturing the various senses of my surroundings. I love nature and don’t get out much at 49 I do the I gotta work and pay bills, and round and round I go…underpaid with a BA degree, wondering where I need to be going headed or just a sign, and my message is to get out more…thanks to YOU. Jackie

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