The wind gently rippled the mirrored surface of the lake, and with it came the soft pattering of rain. Like a glittering disco ball, the reflection muddied and soon, all I could see in the mirror was a shadow of trees upon a bubbling plane. I feared getting caught in a downpour and contemplated heading back, but then I remembered to popup the SunShade that was built into my chair. For a few brief minutes of trickling cool water, the rain slowed and the breeze went still. A silence so powerful came over the scene. And I began to appreciate the soundless moments, for there were no humans and no civilization that could spoil the peace that began to form deep in the soul.
“I know that sound,” I said aloud. The call of an adult bald eagle. And sure enough, after a moment of scanning the skies, I found her beautiful silhouette as she tore across the sky, ever so gentle and with such grace. I folded up my GCI Outdoor chair and made my way back the way I had came, and on my drive home, I felt renewed with a sharp mental focus that cut through the haze of stress that I had become accustomed to. Sometimes, all I need is to step away so I can rediscover what’s truly important in this life.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen
(Main photo by njmezmer via Flickr)