It is funny how the brain works. Just the other day driving to a favorite brook trout pond, I came upon a traffic stop. There were NYS police, sheriffs, and even border patrol cars parked on the side of the road with their lights flashing like Christmas trees. Whenever this happens, I don’t know about you, but I instantly panic. Not because I am a law-breaking citizen, but because I am a forgetful soul. I reach for my wallet to be sure I have my driver’s license. Then I check out the expiration dates on my registration and inspection stickers glued to my windshield. And finally, a quick check for my registration and insurance cards in the glove compartment. And no, I don’t have to make sure my seatbelt is fastened, but I know friends that do. I have run into these check points on many other occasions. The officers surround my vehicle like bees on honey. The first question they usually ask when I roll down my window is “Where are you going fishing?” or “Did you catch anything?”. On this day as I finished answering all their fishing questions and was about to pull away, a young officer said to me “Sir, you should have a red flag tied to the back of that canoe.” I responded with “I thought that there was one” (and there was one, just oxidation by the sun had turned it pink :) They all wished me good luck as I drove away.
As I continued down the road, I had to smile. Every one of those officers would have loved to be sitting next to me that day with nothing to worry about except will the trout be hungry, the winds remain calm, will I see loons and eagles, and will the large grouping of pink lady slippers I saw last Spring be in bloom so I can get a better photograph this year. Then suddenly it hit me…I took a photograph last Winter with a Red Flag in it!!! Where did I put that? Darn it…couldn’t get that thought out of my mind all day…..that beautiful day.
This is another photo I took on that sunny morning after a snowstorm..the day the blue jays discovered where one of the red squirrels had been hiding his stash of nuts and seeds. Normally the blue jays avoid the red squirrels at all cost…but not on this morning. And the red squirrel wasn’t about to give up his food source to the blue mob…hence, the red flag. LOL
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