I’ll hold off or leave it for someone else to post about the success of tonight’s IAAL‚Ä¢MAF bike ride, because right now it’s almost 1 a.m., I’m bushed and just want to share with you this micro slice of night wildlife that happened after flatting on the way back from downtown beside Echo Park Lake about halfway between Bellevue and the lotus patch.
It turns out from where I stopped about 20 feet to my left on the grass stood stock-still
an only recently fledged great blue heron chick a fully mature black-crowned night heron that either thought I was blind or that it was invisible because it didn’t fluff so much as a feather despite my immediate proximity.
As if that weren’t enough at the next moment a foot-long rat (not including tail) bolted previously unseen from the lake’s edge making straight across the pathway directly for the frozen heron until they got literally beak-to-nose of each other and neither budged until the heron finally did a little jig and the rat did the body language equivalent of “oh shit!” and broke for the safety of the foliage. All the while I’m fumbling with the camera trying to get it out of the case and then turning it on and hoping it’ll fire and grab something resembling a photo of the surreal scene. Of course it was the moment after the rodent bailed tha the flash lit up the night and the moment after that the startled bird flew the coop and all I was left with was a flat rear tire and these unworthy pixels:
Opting not to change the deflated innertube I instead walked the bike up to Sunset and the last mile home. But that’s another story. Good night.