Back on August the 9th, last Friday to be exact, I was suddenly struck with the feeling that Autumn had, overnight, quietly begun its annual appearance here in Irkutsk.
This past week my premonition has been confirmed. The change of seasons from Summer to Autumn is now indeed underway.
Sometimes we have a vague feeling that something is missing. But we don’t know what it is until later.
The night before last I put my-mental-hand-on what it was that was missing. It had to do with my evening walks beside the Angara River and I said to myself, “They are no longer here. They are what I have been missing without being able to identify it.”
So last night, and during several different trips to the Angara River today, I confirmed and I re-confirmed what was missing. Their very absence from the Angara River area proves to me, beyond any doubt, that Autumn has officially arrived here in Irkutsk.
Patti My Dear One, this stunned me :
The Arctic Terns are gone.
I missed them but I did not know that I was missing them until it struck me few days later. I was just settling down to sleep and it hit me : There were no Arctic Terns down along the Angara River the other night. You know how they just swarmed the boat docking area. They also just swarmed their small island out in the Angara River. How they would swarm off shore from the walkway beside the river.
Whew! I am missing them My Dear One.
So sorry we had to leave you.
But our biological clocks told us : NOW is the time to migrate.
A little Hollyhock chit chat with Patti : My Dear One, with Autumn really settling in, I fear that many of the buds are not going to blossom.
In the below photo, you can clearly see just how many buds still remain on their stalks.
They are beautiful aren’t they?
Well Hello to you Miss Husky!
Tomorrow, Friday the 16th of August, I will be going to Baykalsk to attend a Convention.
Over And Out For Now .. Cap