A hot October Day in Ojai

6:30 am, and it’s barely light in the river bottom as the dogs and I head out. The white circle of the moon still bright, taking her sweet time to disappear. Already the wind is warm with the promise of a smoldering day. But in the shade there are still pockets of coolness. The landscape looks soft green and blue, reflecting the gold light of the sun before I can see her emerge from behind the mountains. Right now the heat is gentle, not yet an inferno. I wonder if the animals found water in the night. When I turn to head home the landscape shimmers gold. A hot October day in the Valley of the Moon.

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