Walking Rhythms

Every year I experience the same seasonal rhythms of walking.  I’m so used to walking at a level just above the friction point (where it starts to become more work than walk) – that I forget to notice how fast I’m going.  I take in the scenery, engage in my inner and outer thought processes, and don’t pay much attention to the engine gauges.  The engine is usually silent.

But at the change of seasons, I notice that my speed changes.  I don’t consciously walk any faster when fall comes around, but my body goes faster.  I have so consistently trained it to walk at the friction point, that it does so without any help.  I notice I get home for lunch sooner, and I more quickly get to the local convenience store that I use as psychological motivation (soda, sweets, etc) – so as to take walks on days I otherwise might skip.

In the summer, the opposite thing happens.  As the temperature rises, the inner automatic engine governor cuts back the throttle, and the speed goes down.  Once again, I take no part in the decision, because I’m just along for the ride.

Speaking of lunch, my internal calorie meter on some days might look like the graphic shown above, if not for that  convenient little store at the end of my walking itinerary.

A Walk in the Park

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A walk in the park, in Cary, gives one an undeserved impression of privacy and isolation. As always, there are clusters of houses and apartments on the other side of thin lines of towering North Carolina pine trees.

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Name that butterfly

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Posted 08-03/2013:

Today, taking my usual walk (my forspent feet took me a mere three miles), I came across a butterfly (deceased) – lying on the pathway.  I’m not the neighborhood Lepidopterist (expert on all things butterfly), but I have a suspicion that the specimen I found could be classified as a common variety.  It’s unusual to see them (butterflies) in Cary, so I scooped the little winged creature into my empty coffee box, and slid it into my carry pack.

Any Lepidopterist care to comment about the identity?