Haunting and Heavenly
Here in the Austin area, it’s the season for wildflowers and whippoorwills. By the roadsides and in the countryside we see gorgeous green fields full of flowers. The blossoms most abundant right now are called firewheels, Indian blankets, or sundance flowers. They’re the ones with red centers and yellow edges.
In the nighttime, we hear the song of the whippoorwill bird. One night this week, we recorded some whippoorwill calls. A single bird sang repeatedly, a thousand times throughout the night. The whippoorwill appears in numerous legends. In American folklore, the singing of this bird is a death omen. It is said that the whippoorwill can sense a soul departing, and can capture it as it flees. Here, have a listen: