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Sights, Sounds And Smells

October 18, 2012
Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Fall is a great time of year to pay attention to sights, sounds and smells. For example:

The Iowa DNR brought 12,000 young walleyes to be released into Five Island Lake last month. In fact, it was the day of EHS Homecoming ... during the parade.

The truck backed up onto the boat ramp on the north end of the south bay. When Aaron opened the tank on the back of the truck, I was immediately transported back to my childhood.

The smell from the fish tank was the same as the minnow house at my grandparents' resort on Lake of the Woods. It was a good smell. One of our jobs at the resort was to scoop the dead minnows out of the tank. Then we could wave those dead minnows high in the air for the seagulls to swoop down and pick them out of our hands. I repeat "dead" minnows, because we would be in a bunch of trouble if Grandpa caught us feeding live minnows to the gulls.

All around us there are sights, sounds and smells that make us smile...make us remember...make us feel good.

Driving through the countryside and take a look at the harvested fields. Look closely. There may be a flock of migrating birds having a mid-day snack.

This week at the Nature Center, the air was filled with the sound of a large flock of birds sitting in the trees. Any movement sends them into flight. They didn't go far, just to a harvested field where they settled in and were barely visible.

The fields themselves are a patchwork quilt of fall colors, ranging from browns to blacks and sometimes reds. Early frosts have sent leaves falling to carpet the ground. Just before they fell, we were out and about admiring the beautiful colors.

And now, we enjoy an occasional Indian summer day. I was always curious about the name, so here's what Wikipedia has to say: An Indian summer is a heat wave that occurs in the autumn. It refers to a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions, usually after there has been a killing frost. Depending on latitude and elevation, it can occur in the Northern Hemisphere between late September and mid November.

Now we know and we will continue to enjoy the above-average temperatures that come our way. There are always a few more outdoor chores that need to be done before that white stuff covers the ground.

Take some time to enjoy the days.



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