Noticing the dark gloomy skies first thing in the morning and then much later in the day. On the morning commute to Cardiff down the A470, noticing the red glare of car brake lights on a dual carriageway choked with vehicle traffic.
In the evening on a run to refresh myself, noticing the coldness of the early evening air as it enters my mouth and lungs, and noticing the moistness in the air as it hits the skin on my face. Running near the roadside the noticing the everpresent noise of the vehicle traffic passing and the stink of fumes from vehicle exhausts.
Sensing myself glowing after the run, mind and body re-set outdoors, moving muscles releasing tension.
In the morning I noticed a bold-as-brass robin that didn’t flinch until I walked within a few feet of him. He was still as a stone hoping I would pass him unnoticed. As he turned to the side, I saw his flash of orange.
Later that morning I saw two flocks of Canada geese in ‘V’ formation fly past, around sixty geese in total. I suppose that the geese gain aerodynamic efficiency by flying in a close ‘V’ formation and that each formation gains further efficiencies by flying with an ‘ally’ flock.
In the evening, I joined friends at the Dark in the Park running event held at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd. It was part of Rhondda Cynon Taff Council’s ‘Couch to 5k’ initiative… good to see the local public parks being used for such healthy activities. Around 150 people joined in the event, running as groups from 6pm, three laps of the Park, around 4k in distance.
At the Park I noticed the light quality, the contrast between artificial and the little natural moon light. Many runners wore LED lights on head-straps. From the distance, as they jogged around the park as a group, they looked like miners with headlamps on their way to the mine.
The temperature was cold, near freezing with an Ice Warning from the Met Office for much of Wales from 10pm that evening. I could see my breath steaming in front me as I exhaled on the run.
The River Taff gurgled by our side for part of the way through the Park.