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The Whitehurst Diaries: A misty morning walkabout
Sharon Whitehurst has praise for the morning - a special time in all of Adair County, a daily epiphany for a Gradyvillian - on her morning walkabouts preceded by dialogues with Pebbles the Old Horse, but with the constant, though mostly reticent, companionship with Willis C. Whitehurst, the Renaissance Cat, who's at home at home in 'his' house, in his barn, his pastoral fields of study, or doing misinterpreted scientific reseach on hummingbirds. -CM
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By Sharon Whitehurst
Diary entry 2011-10-08, from Gradyville, KY
Its a rare morning which doesn't reward me for the effort of going outdoors.
Once I have creaked my way into an assortment of warm old clothes and pulled on my Wellies, there is praise for yet another day to go about the simple chores of feeding the barn cats and scooping grain for Pebbles, who, she assures me in trumpeting tones, is about to starve.
The wide-angle photo of the yard accompanying this diary entry and the mist over Big Creek Valley was taken standing on the still-shaded path to the hay barn.
The tall grass in the back field brushes dew-heavy heads against my pant legs. I am soon soaked above the reaches of my boots.
Spiders' webs shimmer into glittering relief as the sun burns through the mist.
I zig-zag through the fine guy wires of stretched spider silk, noting how quickly white mist melts into clear droplets of water as the sun advances. -SHARON WHITEHURST
This story was posted on 2011-10-10 06:25:32
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