A Fall in Time: Week Three
29th of September to the 5th of October 2010
Time is a strange thing. Sometimes, it disappears in a blink, others, it is elongated, stretched out into something more malleable and odd. By the point I had been out in the woods for three weeks I felt as though I had both barely arrived and yet also been there forever.
I was fully a part of the environment at this point, noticing all the tiny details which make up the infinitesimal mosaic of life. Here, a track of a red deer stag, there the droppings of a pine marten. The hoot of the male tawny owls, the kee-wick of the female. I noticed the small insects, the ants, spiders, flies. I would hear a flutter of wings and be able to identify which small bird was behind me, capable of setting my clock by the arrival of the big mixed flocks of little birds, know which alarm call meant an avian predator, which meant something I could not see on the ground. If the wind was right, I could smell when one of the big stags passed along the trail to the west, their musky scent mixed with that of their urine and the boggy wallows they slathered themselves in, enticing the hinds and competing with the other stags for their attention. The woods began to echo with their roaring.
I felt at home and, during this third week, I began to craft one too.
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