One afternoon last week I went fishing. It was a beautiful afternoon. I had lots of other things to do, but thought I’d go for a little while and see if I could catch anything.
I had my ipod on, shuffling through tunes. I always seem to play the music too loud. I was enjoying it, but it was drowning out anything nature was trying to tell me.
So I didn’t hear the storm blowing in.
Casting and reeling, listening to the music, and daydreaming, I became aware that lots of leaves were floating down on me. Looking around, I noticed the trees swaying and shedding leaves, under a gray sky that was just beginning to spit rain.
Looking up, I saw poplar leaves dancing in the wind.
Dolly Parton was singing After the Gold Rush.
It was a stunningly beautiful combination.
And right about then a fish took my bait.