I put my nose up against some blue irises to smell their grape scent. Suddenly, yellow and gold lines were curving away from me. A snake had been sunning on the rock by the irises, and I had startled it. The irises around town are starting to fade in the heat. A pair of hawks circled above further on along the bike path. When I stop to hug a huge cottonwood, I notice the spiderwebs and insects in the deep furrows in the bark. Also, I heard a flicker and noticed some birds chasing a perched hawk. Whenever I stop for a minute in a quiet place, I notice lots of of life. A few weeks ago, inspired by others who started to climb, after the annual University of Colorado tree walk, I climbed an oak tree. Viewed from the treetop, all the other trees stood out and seemed more alive in the gentle drizzle.