Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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We have a lot of quail around here. It's fun watching them scurry along in a relaxed version of single file. This covey skitters across a snowy field toward a sheltering grove of golden willow.
Many times I've encountered large groups of these little birds darting across the road in front of me and felt certain I was going to run over them. But quail are evidently very good at computing distance and speed. Always at the very last instant the stragglers do a quick 180, while the leading edge turns on the afterburners, magically clearing a path for my truck.
NOTE: I can't post this without acknowledgement of what an historic day Tuesday was, with the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States. The task ahead for him (and for us all) is daunting. But the quickening spirit of hope and renewal that is growing in this country is heartening. And I believe, as our new President believes, that together we will rise to the challenges ahead.