A flock of Canada geese somewhere in the clouds like a ghost army led by rusty bugles. A speeding white car emerges from the fog.

The Japanese stiltgrass is beginning to redden from the stems out. My niece goes up and down the road in the car, learning to drive.

Gurgle of the stream in my left ear, titmice in my right. The crunch of gravel as my dad’s Honda pulls up, silvery blue as new ice.