I need to set this up a bit. Post Duty at the prison I work consists of alternating driving and sitting, always observing the facility for something that might look out of the ordinary. Yes, it could at the worst be an escape attempt or break in, but other things that could arise too like someone wandering about when/where they shouldn't be, or simply a mechanical situation. It can be extremely boring, driving 3.5 mph around a prison, looking at the same thing over and over for 4 to 8 hours per 12 hour shift, so I look for all that is happening around me. In that time, I am extremely aware of the moment, noticing every sound, movement and potential smell.
This time allows me to get close to the surrounding nature as well. Our facility is close to nature, so I get to see all kinds of animals which is always a highlight for me. Here's my entry...
On Post duty, sitting in the car outside the prison, and get this! For the last 10 minutes I have been mocking the calls of a Mockingbird, just 10 feet away sitting on the razor wire inside the fence. (Whistling as I write, and I can hardly do so) This little guy goes on with a tune for a few seconds, then I mock him, and he mocks me. It's incredible! Never felt so one with nature, or experienced this before.
Also earlier on the other side I saw a brand new spotted baby Whitetail fawn and it's mama, still wobbly-legged, cute as could be. I also saw tonight on this shift a big raccoon, I call Edgar, a possum, a Swamp Rabbit, and the other night I actually saw a mole, not on me, but the mammel kind about the size of a mouse, with a long nose. These little guys dig in the dirt for grubs, and are famous for tearing up residential laws. It's 6:30am now, and I'm observing a big black feral hog, digging up the ground, probably a 150 pounder. Gotta go now, next shift employees beginning to arrive.
Nature surrounds us everywhere, if we'll only just take the time to stop, be still and observe. What a great opportunity to count our blessings; realize an appreciate these spectacular creatures God has blessed us with. Solitude can be our friend if we let it.