• Alyse Bukach

Magnificent Fall Day

It was a calm, overcast day, and I found myself at the side of a largely

fallen tree stump, admiring the beauty of the woods that surrounded me.

Sunless sky covered the woods over the treetops which created a mask

over my head.

It was the season known as Fall and a magnificent sight that surrounds me.

The leaves appeared as though they were dying to fall out of the tree and join their companions on the forest ground. There was a gentle breeze, creating a few

strong smells of wildlife nearby or even had a rested on the bed of grass

and leaves the night before.

My mind wonders what is watching me. Yes, I can not hear, but I sure can smell.

Some people are not aware of animal smells. It can take time to pick out

what smells belong to whom?

A powerful skunk smell is a coyote; bears have a slightly musky odor

wolves usually smell like a wet dog. Just as I was writing my thoughts

down a big gust of wind came through where I was sitting, and a strong

musky smell hit my nose.

Oh, time to slowly walk towards our trailer as I am not armed with my gun,

so I don’t want to come across the bear or bears.

The forest is a home for so many wild creatures.

By mid-morning, I decided to take a drive to my friend's place for coffee.

It has been years I felt well enough to drive again, and it was terrific.

By noon the sunshine was so bright, no wind at all. I felt like I needed to walk

around her yard, as I came across the chickens my eyes catch

something just beside them and it was a perfect walking stick

I can carve and peel off the the bark. I used to enjoy making things

out of tree branches.

It was a peaceful time with nature, farm animals and to feel free to drive again.