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Laying Down Diamonds

Roni Delmonico

It’s my favorite kind of day today. I call them Sparkly Water days.:) . Even though it’s really cold outside, the sun is shining and the sky is the prettiest shade of blue. There were five adult eagles and one juvenile fishing on the river in my backyard this morning. It’s still one of my favorite things about winter and about living here in this place. The lake just up the river from here is the largest winter roost of any urban area in New York state. That’s just so cool. There was an article in the paper a few days ago with a photograph of 46 eagles in a tree at the lake’s south end. I don’t even have to leave my home to enjoy the benefits of being on their fishing route.

There’s a flock of seagulls out there now, dipping and diving like it’s the middle of a warm summer’s day. Yesterday, a pair of swans, 3 blue jays and a cardinal joined in the fray. It’s odd, but it almost seems to me that they are enjoying this weather. Maybe it’s because all the people go away and hide in their homes and businesses and the world around them quiets, giving them free roam of their domain. Whatever the reason, it’s lovely to watch.

Someone once told me that the sun lays down diamonds for me on the water.

I am rich, indeed.