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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • RUSSELL HIVELY: Recent observations

  • Walking the same basic path along Wildcat Boulevard each day, gives much time to think and to observe the changes along the way.
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  • Walking the same basic path along Wildcat Boulevard each day, gives much time to think and to observe the changes along the way.
    I enjoyed watching the super moon a week or so back. It so happened that the days the moon was closest to the Earth was also full moon time. The moon put on quite a show. It was large, colorful, and magnificent.
    I read on my wildlife calendar at the house that the June moon is also called "strawberry moon." Whatever the moon was called, it was beautiful.
    There are two ditch areas along my path which receive very little attention. They are never mowed or tended. This year wheat sprouted and grew in both areas. I watched it pop up, shoot to about three feet tall, head out, and ripen to the beautiful golden color only ripe wheat possesses.
    Apparently, the birds had been watching, too. One day right after it was completely ripe, I noticed all the seeds had been picked off the heads. Must have been quite a feast for the birds. Would that have been a "wheatfest?"
    The cross country kids have begun their early morning workouts. It takes dedication to be running up and down hills at six o'clock in the morning. What amazes me is that they can run along at a rapid pace and talk, laugh, giggle, and have a good time. Perhaps this is just one of the blessings of being young.
    A mockingbird gave me a concert the other morning. He was sitting on the electric lines in the back of Neosho High School. He sang and sang. I wondered if he was auditioning for the mixed chorus.
    I tried to pick out the various bird sounds he was trying to mimic, but could not. He seemed to be enjoying himself. I appreciated his efforts. I wondered if he was so happy because he was full of wheat seed.
    I have never seen deer on my morning walks. They are abundant in the country. I understand that Great Britain has the largest deer population since the Ice Age.
    Take a walk, observe things around you, use those signal lights, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.
    Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.

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