Friday, November 30, 2007

THE RAIN SONG

Friday, November 30, 2007
10:45 AM / 53° and RAIN!

Good Morning! The alarm went off this morning and the first thing I heard afterwards was the patter of rain outside. We were only supposed to get a little (if any) but we got a nice steady shower for about an hour. I feel so happy for all the flora and fauna, since it’s been quite a spell since we’ve had any rain. I’d like to think that it rained because I played Led Zeppelin’s “The Rain Song” about ten times yesterday (one of my faves), but I guess we were just lucky.


I happen to love rain and welcome it. When I got to work this morning (way early as usual) I dropped my messenger bag & lunch off at my office, then headed out for a little walk. As soon as I left the law building it started to come down again pretty good, so I popped open the umbrella and away I went.

The air smelled pungent and spicy from the moisture on all the foliage and the splatter of rain on the big sycamore leaves set a nice rhythm. In some eucalyptus trees near the music building there were quite a few Yellow-rumped warblers feeding and making their distinct ‘chit-chit-chit’ call.

Near the Arts Library I spied a pair of dark-eyed juncos in a Jacaranda tree and went over to watch. The hopped around the branches, trying to ascertain if I was friendly, then they dropped down and began scratching for bugs in the dirt near some bushes. There was also a female Yellow-rumped that was feeding on something on the cement sill below the windows. This is the third time I’ve seen such behavior and I really must go over and take a look some morning to see just what they find so compelling there. Must be something good, because they do it a lot!

Down behind another set of buildings near the faculty center there are lots of huge eucalyptus and pine trees; the eucalyptus have red, brushy-looking blossoms that are now the focus of the hummingbirds; I could hear their metallic little squeaking noises as they darted around from branch to branch. Up until a week ago they had lorded over a stand of Lemon bottle brush trees over in another area of campus and I had been wondering where they’d disappeared to.

It’s still overcast and I hope the clouds will squeeze out a bit more moisture before they move on. I’m looking forward to my trip up to Washington at Christmas—it rains a LOT up there!

[This post was written to the following tunes: "Dream Gerrard" by Traffic, "Chase the Blues Away (Live at the Troubador 1969)" by Tim Buckley]


HOPE YOUR DAY IS DANDY!

--Navroth



Thursday, November 29, 2007

TAKING WING

Thursday, November 29, 2007 8:30 PM

I feel like a bird that has just taken its first flight out of the nest into unexplored sky! After weeks of reading other people's blogs, I've decided to launch one of my own. I had to think carefully about what my content would be and about the things that mattered most in my life at this point in my earth journey.

What I've come up with is my life-long love of nature and music, and to me they go hand in hand. When I first read Tolkein's The Silmarillion and the opening section "The Music of the Ainur" and how their songs created the world, I was quite simply blown away by its beauty and power. It matched so exactly how I felt about nature and music. So my blog will primarily cover topics in these subjects.

By way of introduction, I was born in California and have lived here my whole life (which currently consists of 57 years). I've lived in Culver City, CA for the past 17 1/2 years and work as a faculty assistant at the UCLA School of Law (a fantastic job that I just got a year ago). I have a life partner of 23 years (going on 24 as of Jan. 1) and we rent a nice old house in a quiet neighborhood that we share with our two cats, Scooter (aka Scooterpie) and Angus (aka Jinky Puddin').

Since I started working at UCLA I have spent a lot of my free time there exploring the campus and doing some bird watching. There's actually some great birding to be done there and each season brings new surprises. I've kept a bird journal since last December, so I've almost gone the complete seasonal round with my feathered friends. In future posts I'll share some of my sightings and photos.
Well, I think that's all for tonight. I need to hit the hay so I can get up early; I like to get to work at least 45 minutes early so I can go for a walk around campus. That's generally the best time to spot the birds--when the campus is fairly quiet.

[This post was written whilst listening to Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" "Down by the River" "Harvest Moon" and "Cortez the Killer."]

Pleasant dreams!

--Navroth