Embrace the moment

(A moment in the life of an oak leaf.)

We had our first temperature dip into the 30’s and our first frost of the season last night.  Most of the frost was gone by the time I rolled out of bed.  Having acquired a cold somewhere along the way in our travels, I decided to sleep in this morning.

(A moment in the life of a maple leaf.)

One of the tangible gifts we were given at the life celebration honoring Mom was a wrist band inscribed with the words Embrace the Moment.  I’ve been wearing it when I go out on my walks as a reminder to stay in the moment rather than get lost in my head.

(At the back of the pond.)

Today’s walk took me back to the woods again.  I wanted another try at photographing the mushrooms I found yesterday.  My attempts to go manual with the settings didn’t turn out well.  No amount of Photoshopping was going to save them so I decided to try again.

(Mushrooms in the woods.)

I think I did a better job today.

During my walk around the pond I saw a couple of turtles sunning themselves.  They slid into the water before I could turn the camera on.

Turtles remind us that the way to heaven is through the earth.  In Mother Earth is all that we need.  She will care for us, protect us, and nurture us, as long as we do the same for her.  For that to happen, we must slow down and heighten our sensibilities.  We must see the connection to all things.  Just as the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell, neither can we separate ourselves from what we do to the Earth.   ~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

(This morning’s view of the pond.)

It’s another gorgeous fall day here in the Bogs, perfect for hiking and spending lots of time outdoors.  As soon as I finish up a few chores I’m going to head back out and enjoy it.

(Reminder:  Click on the images for a larger view.)

10 Comments on “Embrace the moment”

  1. Megan Cassidy says:

    I love your photos! What kind of camera do you use for the mushroom pictures?

  2. Karma says:

    I really like your zig zag sky – bright and beautiful.

    Mushrooms are abounding in the blogosphere – you, Scott, Gerry – all recent features.

    I know you say you aren’t ready to take the DSLR plunge yet, but – you might have gotten those turtles with one; there is absolutely no lag time for camera start up turning it on. One more reason I’m having so much fun with this camera.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Karma. 🙂

      I’m seriously thinking about taking that plunge. It will probably be at least a year or so before I can save up enough pennies for it, though.

  3. Kathy says:

    Robin, more beautiful pictures today. I like the zig zag sky AND the ‘shrooms. What day is it of your commitment? I just looked at yesterdays and can’t remember for two seconds, jeez! One of these days this year I want to feature you as a guest blogger so you can share about your commitment. Karma’s on my list, too. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      I keep forgetting to put the numbers in the post titles. It was day 21 (I think) for this post and today is day 22. I think. lol! I’ll have to go back and look.

      I’d be thrilled to do a guest blog.

  4. ladyfi says:

    What fabulous photos. That last one in particular is stunning!

  5. What wonderful sunny shots, hope you dropped the chores and ran out quickly!

    • Robin says:

      I did, UHDD. I decided there will be plenty of not as nice days ahead to catch up on the chores. Might as well enjoy the sunny days while they are here. 🙂

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