Nature, Warnings and Contemplation

On Memorial Day most normal people do normal things.  They visit the cemetery, they watch news reports about the National commemorations and celebrations, they go on picnics or to the beach, etc.  I, on the other hand, go running and exploring places I didn’t know were there.

Kitty in the Brush

As I meandered around, somewhat tuned out and in a mental zone I found what may have been a feral cat staring at me from the brush along side a rather steep ditch.  He may have just wandered away from home to explore like me, but he looked pretty odd there in that spot, just staring at me.  Oh, oh… not too far away, there might be lunch!

Red Cardinal in the Brush

I spotted this bright fellow in the brush not too far away from the kitty in the brush.  I don’t think the cat saw Mr. Cardinal though.

Pool in the river looks like perfect swimming hole.

Then I saw this — wow! So pretty, so serene, so…. (screeeeeeach)  There’s that sound of the phonograph needle scratching the record again!

Here’s what we have instead:

Health Hazard Warning Sign

I’ve grown to hate the sight of this sign.  As soon as I see something pretty and inviting I always seem to be greeted by one of these warnings!

Oh well, at least someone is keeping us safe.  It’s still pretty to look at — even though it’s very close to the highway.  You would never think there was so much beauty that people speed by every day.  It’s a great place for contemplation.  A great place to think about something, or about nothing.  All this can be accomplished while trying not to get run over or annoy drivers.

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  • 1 Sheila // May 29, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Hi Evelyn – Those are some very pretty scenes and one of the reasons why I love Hawaii – even with the warning signs. 🙂

    In all my trips to Hawaii, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that kind of cardinal in your photo in Hawaii. That’s just like the ones we have here in North Carolina. In fact, it’s our state bird.

  • 2 Evelyn // May 29, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Hey Sheila! My brain wanted a break on Monday. I live close to several cemeteries and it really was a day for contemplation and for a mind to wander, and remember.

    I’ve noticed more recently that we have more black cardinals too. They’re not just black… their feathers are so shiny that they glisten as they move around.

    I’ve yet to be able to catch Honolulu’s bird, Manu-o-Ku on film; I haven’t even seen one, never mind take its picture! I do like its built-in mascara. 😉

  • 3 HawaiiVacationGifts // May 31, 2008 at 1:41 am

    When I was a kid, beside playing in all kinds of rivers, ponds, and waterfalls in Hawaii, we also drank the water if it looked clean to us. And we never got sick!! I would not dare do that now.

  • 4 Evelyn // May 31, 2008 at 10:39 am

    You know, HVG, I used to swim and drink the water out of the streams in Makaha Valley. Water was never so good as what came out of the Waianae mountain range. But, like you, I’m afraid of the water now, although I might still take that dip in that Makaha Valley water if it was high enough up the mountain!

    Flash from the past! Sigh.

  • 5 Becky // Jun 3, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Evelyn. The scenes are beautiful. I love cats and Cardinals are my favorite bird. I would love to take a picture of one my home, but by the time I get my camera, they’re gone, but I do hear them off in the distance. I know their sound. I always said that if my brother ever came back re-incarnated, it would be as a Cardinal or a deer. Stay happy and keep the stories coming. I miss Hawaii and you guys.

  • 6 Evelyn // Jun 4, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Good to hear from you, Becky! We miss you too! You need to come back! I know, the air fares are not doing anybody and favors. Sigh.

    I’m curious, why a cardinal or a deer for your brother’s new self? 🙂

  • 7 Becky Cook // Jun 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    My brother loved to hunt. The November before he died, he shot the biggest buck he had ever gotten. He told us that God knew he wasn’t going to be around for the next years season, so I always said that if he ever came back as anything, it would be a deer, cause he love to hunt them, or a cardinal cause he knew they are my favorite bird and when we are up north at our cabin, we sit on our front porch and watch the birds at the feeders and there is always a male and female cardinal. The female must be his girlfriend. 🙂 I just like to believe that. Plans are, Cheryl (Shirley) and I will be coming back again next year for sure. Keep the blogs coming. I really do enjoy them.

    I hope my reason on the deer and cardinal isn’t too corny. It just makes me feel that Lynn is happy in heaven and he is able to do and be whatever/whoever he wants. I miss him so.

  • 8 Evelyn // Jun 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I love stories like that, Becky. I’m a mush bucket by nature so don’t worry about anything being “corny” — corny is good. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the sentiment!

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