Posted by: JanF | December 17, 2011

The warmth and comfort of the seasons

Yesterday was clearly not a day when warmth and comfort was the first thing to come to mind. The mid-morning temperature was 23 degrees, an end to the unseasonably warm temperatures (mid-40s) we had been experiencing.

But I was warmed up by a gift from the goddess: two flocks of sandhill cranes flying overhead on their migration south.

I was startled by the sounds and looked up to see what I thought was a flock of geese. The birds were large and there was a V-shape to their flying but the sound was unmistakeably not goose-like. It was the very distinctive sound of the sandhill cranes which I hear in the wetlands nearby.

The cranes have an interesting flying pattern. While there is a clear V, similar to geese, the V will collapse and spirals will form. The flock will keep moving (southward this time of year) but will appear at times to be spinning towards their destination rather than on a direct route.

Look up and look around. The seasons are warm and comforting because they are a never ending cycle spinning us towards our destinations. And the gifts of the goddess are for everyone willing to accept them. Free of charge.



  1. The gifts of nature are to be treasured. Your reflective writing always makes me stop a moment and think. Thank you

  2. Thank you for reading, princesspat.