a few weeks back, i'd written about how low the water level had become at the local oasis, aka, med-park lake. walking along the path around the lake this morning with my friend of 30 odd years, one johnny mc, it was good to see that runoff from tuesday nights storm continues to flow into the lake at a pretty good volume. the lake is full again to the point of overflow running out the north end under west 9th st. and into the dry creek bed on the other side.
the park was a scene of calm, of quiet serenity in the light of early morning. the ducks and geese are happy. the lakes' surface a mirror, undisturbed but for an occasional duck floating alone and one fat mallard drake steaming his way toward the shore. the wake he left behind him was the only hint of what was going beneath the surface.
seeing them set me to thinking. where did the ducks and geese go during the hell of a hail storm that strafed the park on tuesday night? why wasn't the population of abandoned easter ducks, mallards, teal and canadian geese simply wiped out? on casual observation, their numbers seem about the same.
it would seem these "dumb animals" are not so dumb after all. it would seem they do have the sense to come in out of the rain, or to at least to seek cover from a killer hail storm. at least it looks like they did on tuesday night.
god is said to watch over creatures great and small. he was watching over 7420 that night just as it would seem he was looking after the ducks and geese at the medi-park. for his tender mercies we are grateful.