They gather in celebration.
I saw an owl on this evening’s run! He was perched near the top of a small tree. The tree was only a few feet taller than I am. I was lost in my thoughts as I ran this evening. The sidewalk was relatively clear. I didn’t have to keep my eyes on where I was putting my feet the entire time. I go by this area almost every time I run. I knew there was something out of the ordinary when I glanced at the tree. For an instant, I was puzzled trying to make out the silhouette. Then he saw me, took off in flight, and disappeared into the stand of old evergreens. It looked like his wingspan was around 3 feet. I stopped when I saw him. My mouth was probably open as I watched him fly away. I know I said “Wow!” inside my head. I might have said it out loud.
The temperature was 22 degrees with a wind from the east of 9 mph making the feels-like temperature 12 degrees at running time. I know it has been a cold winter because it felt warm! I didn’t even flinch when I walked down the stairs to start the run. There were ice patches on the sidewalk for the first 1/2 mile and the last 1/2 mile. I had to walk over a few of them. The sidewalk was clear the rest of the way except at the street crossings. I went 4 3/4 miles. It was the first run since last Friday. I didn’t end up going yesterday due to a slight misadventure.
Take care and thanks for reading.