Mirador is a rooftop reached by stairs: from mirar = to look at, watch
walked from viewpoint to viewpoint on the mirador with the hot sun
making a shady spot desirable. Thoroughly warm, with a pleasant breeze
blowing, we watched butterflies flutter among the flowering vines
hanging on trees in a small acreage. We spotted an oriole nest hanging
like a basket from a tree, and I was
thankful for their visits during our Okanagan summers (B.C., Canada.)
Daytime temperatures there are now slipping to 52 to 60F (11 to 15C).
Nighttime here is warmer!
Before the sun is up, local Mexican
birds are singing happily from their nighttime hide-outs! Are they
getting themselves awake? The sparrows, finches, orioles and swallows
sound eager for daytime activity. Soon they are hopping about
cheerfully, checking around the cobblestones (or swooping near,
gathering breakfast). Their cheerful "attitude" continues all through
the day. Yes, I am reflecting my feelings onto them! It seems our poor
B.C. sparrows endure more than enjoy the frost, snow and ice. Life is
tough! Especially so when they have so few hours of daylight to search
out sufficient food to keep themselves warm throughout the long night.
I don't mind the thought of returning for November... and... until the
snowdrops poke their heads up through their namesake snow in late Jan or
February. Then other small bulbs return to bloom and welcome the
daffodils. They are joined by graceful branches of yellow forsythia. Of
course I want to see spring! The struggle of winter... and then - but
the Real Reason is My Family are there! See you for winter beauty!