Here's to the start of a fresh year!
January First here in Berkeley by the Bay, was a day of bright sunshine and clear cool air that had a winey lightness to it like champagne. I can't really recall a quality of air here that was quite so light and weightlessly transparent. It was neither moisture-laden nor dry, and we speculate that its utter felt-cleanness may be due to decreased auto traffic on the holiday. In any case, it was delightful and euphoria-producing.
In the evening, we walked down near the high school's playing field and encountered a flock of black-capped night herons making mysterious musical trillings and calls, bravely walking quite close to us. We counted six.
I look forward to another year of simple pleasures, such as the sight of clean, beautiful, favorite dishes fresh from the kitchen sink. It doesn't take much to make beauty, just a loving, enchanted eye. Here's to the moments of noticing to come.