As previously mentioned, I live in NYC. Smack in the middle, actually, and so it's usually pretty noisy and hectic. But today was one of those days where I found real quiet and peace even in the middle of all the craziness.
This evening when I took the baby out (and by "the baby" I mean my golden retriever) to the park, I went to sit by the small pond not far from where we enter the park. There, I saw several types of migrating ducks feeding, and also a great blue heron fishing. We sat and watched for a while. It always surprises me to see things like this in the city -- it's a 3 foot tall bird about 5 blocks from my apartment! But there it was, and so we watched it.
On our way home, we passed a man staring at the top of a tree. So of course, we also stared at the tree. In the tree was a hawk. A big one. This is actually one of the pair of hawks that lives near the park. You could see it preening and stretching its wings -- it was lovely to see something so majestic and so wild.
On our walk tonight, the moon was out and beginning to wane. We passed a man with this enormous telescope set up looking at the night sky. It's pretty hard to see a lot of stars in the city, and that's something I always love about getting out of the urban environment, but tonight I got to look through his telescope and see a close up view of Jupiter and several of its moons. I don't know why, but it made me foolishly happy. I'm going to go to bed and dream of stars.