One Two Zero

(Unlocked.)

It has been 120 days since I started my year-long commitment to step outside every day.  That’s one-third of the journey completed.

(The fungi ladder.)

One of the unexpected benefits of this commitment is that I’ve found myself stepping outside of my comfort zone on a number of occasions.  Perhaps there is something about sticking with a commitment on a daily basis that makes a person braver.  Or maybe it’s a matter of growth, this wanting to reach and stretch.

(Radiant reds.  Winterberry.)

Boredom (or familiarity) may be a factor as well.  I walk the same paths most days.  It’s good to go somewhere different once in a while and/or do something novel.  Learn to ski.  Practice food photography.  Take on a challenge of some kind.  Find a new way to capture the familiar.

(A delicacy.)

The hardest part, so far, is the posting to the blog every day.  One hundred twenty days of blog posts with more to come.  Yikes.  Talk about a challenge, especially in terms of keeping it interesting.

Frankly my dears, I’m running out of things to blog about on the days where nothing really happens and my walks are limited to Breezy Acres.  If you have any suggestions, ideas, questions for me, photos you’d like to see, challenges — anything at all — please leave your ideas, etc., in the comments.  I’ll see what I can do.

Blindingly White

That was my first thought when I stepped out the door today.  The sky is white.  The ground is white.  The snow falling from the sky is white, and everything is being covered in a new layer of white.

(My boot print in the snow.)

Winter seems to have come to us in layers this year.  On the bottom it is wet and muddy.  The layer above that is snow.  Then ice.  Then snow again, being freshly laid today.  I can see the layers in my footprints, more so in some places than in others.  Every step is crunchy as my boots make their way through the icy layer.

(Layers.  Snow, grass, dried flowers, fungus, wood.)

This is where the posts get boring (to me).  I turn my outdoor adventures into weather reports.  I’m not sure what else to write about them.  It’s cold.  Snow falls.  I shiver.  My face gets numb.  My nose runs.  My eyes water if it’s windy.  And my legs work hard walking through the snow.

(Bright white on a holly bush.)

It’s 24ºF outside.  The radar is covered in blue to represent the snow.  Off the radar, outside, it’s difficult to see because of the heavy snowfall.

(Today’s view of the creek.)

But back in the woods, by the creek, it is calmer.  Quieter.  I could hear the snowflakes hitting the ground after making their way between the trees.  It’s a good place to rest, sheltered from the wind and the heavy snow.

Trees are sanctuaries.  Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.  They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

~ Hermann Hesse


18 Comments on “One Two Zero”

  1. I love how evocative and graceful your language is.

  2. Kala says:

    Congratulations on making it a quarter way through. We are in the dead of winter now as your photos depict. You have longer days and warmer weather ahead of you on the 365 journey!

  3. Karma says:

    Hee, hee! Do the years have 480 days in Ohio? You are actually one third of the way through your commitment! 😉
    {Said with the kindest of humor}

    I like the perspective on the fungus ladder. I’m not generally an admirer of fungus but that’s a neat shot.

    How about critters? I like pictures of wildlife or any type of animal. There must be plenty hiding out there in Breezy Acres – your bird pics have been lovely.

    • Robin says:

      lol! Thank you for the correction, Karma. I rushed through that post yesterday without the usual going back to look at it ten times before hitting publish. On the other hand, the winters are so long here, maybe we do have 480 days in a year. LOL!

      The critters are hard to capture, but I will keep trying. 🙂

  4. Marianne says:

    Robin, congratulations on both the outdoor and the daily blog post. That is really great. It’s also really great to hear that you are getting braver. I was on a call today where we talked about exactly what you said in your post. A daily practice/commitment helps with our personal growth and moving outside our comfort zone. Kudos to you!

    The pictures are lovely! The holly bush is pretty. I could hear the quietness when you described the creek area. It felt wonderful.

  5. I keep a list of ideas that pop up at random times, so when I cant think of anything I refer back to it. Look out for a picture of the dog’s water someday. 🙂

    I dont think your posts are just weather reports, you give insight to your feelings and thoughts, previous journeys, and travel among other things. I love reading your posts.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Miss Morgan. 🙂

      I do have a few draft posts I save “just in case” but those are the equivalent to a picture of the dog’s water. lol! Which might be interesting, depending on how you do it…

  6. When you make a commitment like being outside every day, it’s a great goal and once you start it, it forces you to step outside a comfort zone and perhaps experience a new outlook and seeing things from a new point of view. What a great idea. Your photographs and words blend well together. Question – does your being outside everyday mean the photographs have to come from the outside world? I know I saw your food photos, but how about the inside of a barn or details of the interior? Just a thought. I love your “Holly” photo here.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Martina. 🙂

      No, I’m not limited to outdoor photos. Some days the photographs I take outside are not worth bothering with so I resort to indoor shots or something from the past. Sometimes it depends on what I want to write about. Other times, the pictures lead me to the writing/story.

  7. penpusherpen says:

    never boring, this sharing of your part of the Worlds weather, cold, white and fresh…
    Your photo’s are wonderful as usual, especially the long upwards look of the tree, so close you could almost feel the rough texture with your fingers, but the eye will have to do, and that fungi ladder made me laugh out loud. A ladder for the ‘fairy folk’ to climb. Good to catch up on your day, Robin….
    xPenx

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Pen. 🙂

      The fungi ladder was one of the coolest things I’ve seen this winter. It was a fairy messenger that brought me to it. A little chickadee was flitting around from tree to tree and I followed it.

  8. ladyfi says:

    Congrats on making it this far. That fungi ladder tree is just amazing. Great shots!

  9. Anna says:

    Congratulations, Robin, one two zero. 🙂 I just love the perspective of the fungi ladder… wow!, and the oh so lovely bright white on a holly bush captures. Talking about numb in the cold, after our recent last round of snow, I thought my fingers would fall off while shoveling snow in the cold. Brrr! Yet, I am enjoying this winter and the snow. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Anna. 🙂

      That tree (the fungi ladder) was amazing. I’d like to go back out and see it again in the spring.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying your winter and snow. 😀


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