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Cricket Cacophony

Clouds cluster, warn of coming storms.   Having been shut in for days, I am anxious to get outside.  Trusty camera carefully secured around my neck,  hands firm on walker’s grip, I begin my slow stroll through the neighbourhood.   A gust of wind disrupts the flight of a bumblebee, and we collide: he striking my cheek.  I step back, startled.  No damage done.

I follow a walkway, built between the houses, leading to our community center. This route takes me past rows of flourishing gardens – a feast of vibrancy.  I slow to watch the bees delightedly dancing from bloom to bloom.  At the edge of my friend’s house, I hear the crickets, loud and raucous, as if they know that she is currently away.  I pause to listen, surprised to hear such unabashed chirping mid-day.

Lingering, I hope to catch a glimpse of one, maybe even a photograph, but the creatures are securely tucked in the shadows of the overgrown foliage, oblivious to my presence.   I capture the flight of a bee, and the elegant profile of a mourning dove, and then turn back. A white winged moth brushes my hand in passing and then stops long enough for me to take a picture.  The crickets keep on singing.

Midday crickets sing –
revel in nature’s bounty,
as storm clouds gather.

(Written for dVerse, hosted tonight by Victoria.)

41 thoughts on “Cricket Cacophony

  1. The crickets have been chirping away here, too. Do you wonder if it’s a sign of what the weather will be like heading into autumn? Great capture of the bumble in flight!! I’m happy you are getting out and enjoying 💕

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  2. That’s a cracking alliterative title, V.J. and I enjoyed the description in the first paragraph.Although we’re expecting them (the prompt is about them after all) the crickets come as a surprise, ‘loud and raucous’ with their ‘unabashed chirping mid-day’. They don’t like having their photos taken!

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  3. Wonderful wandering captured in words and images. I, too, have been housebound for months. Thank God for the internet. I still need a walker, so don”t drive yet, and my camera gathers dust, along with my cane.

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    1. I feel for your Glenn. I was bedridden for 2 1/2 years, and gradually have gained enough strength for short outings. I still use a walker, and haven’t been able to drive for some time, but have a very patient and accommodating husband. On a different subject, I admire your writing but am unable to comment as my computer lacks the supporting software.


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