140: From sunset to sunrise

(Looking down the spiral stairs at sunset.)

We had a lovely sunset yesterday, the colors reflecting off the snow.

The snow looks almost like sand dunes to me.  Perhaps that’s wishful thinking, a result of the desire to be on a warm, tropical beach, soaking up the sun.

We’re having another frigid day here in the Bogs.  It’s too cold to stay outside for long.  I step out for a few minutes, then run back in.  A turtle shifting in and out of its shell.  You’d think I’d be used to the cold by now.

(Blue on blue.)

Or maybe there’s no way to really get used to temperatures near zero.

I keep reminding myself that under all the snow and ice, under the cold, under the soil, seeds and bulbs are beginning to awaken.  Spring is there, waiting for the right time to blossom.

So, while visions of spring dance through my head, let’s look at flowers.  Flowers lit up by warm sunshine.  Sparkles of sunlight on water.  Reminders of how colorful the world can be.

(On the shore of Shadow Mountain Lake.  Colorado.)

This series of photos were taken on a hike near Shadow Mountain Lake in Colorado.  Shadow Mountain Lake is near Grand Lake, the largest natural body of water in Colorado.  Shadow Mountain Lake and Grandby Lake (also nearby) are man-made lakes.

We stayed in a cabin in Grand Lake during our last trip out to Colorado (August 2010).  It was a good location as we were close to Rocky Mountain National Park as well as other hiking areas.

The wildflowers in August are amazing.  I must have taken about a thousand photos of wildflowers.  What does one do with all those photos?

Put them on her blog, of course.  😀

Another Challenge

Sun salutations can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest winter day.

~ Carol Krucoff

(Sunrise.  Ocean City, New Jersey.  September 2008.)

I have a confession to make.  I have been slacking when it comes to my daily yoga and meditation practice.  Some days I do it rather half-heartedly.  Other days, I don’t do it at all which means it can no longer be called a “daily” practice.

(Sunrise.  Ocean City, New Jersey.  September 2008.)

So here it is, my 10-day yoga challenge:  I will commit to getting up early (by 6am) every day for the next 10 days and starting my day with yoga.  I know it takes longer than 10 days to establish a new habit, but I’m trying to reestablish a habit.  Besides, I can always recommit at the end of 10 days.

Anyone want to join me on the mat during those early hours?  There are plenty of free yoga practice videos to be found on the internet.  From YouTube to YogaJournal to YogaYak and more.  I’d love the company.

Since daily blogging has helped me keep my outdoor commitment, I’ll be adding a little something about my 10 day challenge each day.  If I don’t, feel free to ask, “Hey!  Did you do your yoga practice today?”  It will keep me accountable, something I’ve found works well when I’m trying to establish (or reestablish) a habit that is good for me.  Funny isn’t it, that the things that are bad for us don’t take as much work to become habits?  Or maybe they do and we just don’t notice since we’re not really trying to establish them as habits.

Mountain pose teaches us, literally, how to stand on our own two feet … teaching us to root ourselves into the earth … Our bodies become a connection between heaven and earth.

~ Carol Krucoff

Today’s CD

Ocean Colour Scene, Mechanical Wonder.

My friends and visitors from the U.K. have probably heard of Ocean Colour Scene.  I’m not sure about those of you from the U.S. and elsewhere.  I was first introduced to their music by a good friend who lives in England, and have been a fan ever since.  (Thanks, Nickie!)  Listening to this today, as well as looking them up on YouTube, reminds me that I should look into their new stuff.

You can sample some of their music here and here.

29 Comments on “140: From sunset to sunrise”

  1. Marianne says:

    Robin, the photos are lovely. It is nice to see the beautiful colors and the sunset on the beach.

    You’ve been so busy skiing and having adventures it’s a wonder you have time for daily yoga. I’ve been wanting to get back to my qigong practice. I could join you for 10 days and see what happens. What day will you start?

  2. Marianne says:

    I’m game to start anyday. Just let me know and I’ll set my alarm (hehehe). Maybe others will join us too. It is comforting to know a buddy is getting up at 6am also.

  3. How pretty! I’m not often outside at sunrise or sunset during the winter months, by the time the sun is coming up, I’m already at work, and by the time the sun is going down, I’m just on my way home! Only on weekends – if I’m motivated enough!! I love the colors and shadows on the snow!

  4. My 6am wouldn’t be the same as yours, Robin, but I will have a look at the links you have here later (when I’m not working, which I am now!) as I’ve always wanted to try yoga but didn’t know where to start!

    Beautiful series of photos today. 🙂

  5. I really liked the stairs once you cropped it, I thought it was more mysterious. Thanks for the warmer photos of Colorado. Love the sunset in NJ.

  6. Bo Mackison says:

    I’ll join you in a meditative practice, Robin, but I;ve found T’ai Chi works better for me. Don’t think it matters exactly what type of body movement you are doing–simply that you are doing it routinely. So if you don;t mind mixing up your yoga with Tai Chi, I think it;s a great idea to be accountable.

  7. frizztext says:

    I like the bird. He is a character!

  8. penpusherpen says:

    I’m listening to Ocean Colour Scene, I must admit it’s the first I’ve heard of them…but I’d be the first to admit I don’t keep up to date….just mix and match, old and sometimes new when I hear a snatch here and there…
    Love the photo;s of the ea kissing the sunset coloured beach…wonderful and dreamy..
    Good luck with the Yoga, I have faith in you(not me !!) and is that a type of ‘Thrift’ plant I spy in the Shadow Mountain Lake Shore photo’s? Maybe not…It looks lovely though..Must be hardy too..
    Good to read and soak up your photo’s Robin… bye for now….xx

  9. Great perspective in the first! Love the untouched snow on the steps.
    I can’t decide whether I like your snow, spring, or sunset pictures best. They’re all beautiful, and make me wish I could be there right now.

  10. Meredith says:

    Good luck with the yoga practice! I think I’ll just commit to getting out of bed and taking Bo for a walk/run/get-out-of-my-apartment-for-a-minute 🙂

  11. milkayphoto says:

    Wonderful snow shadows – they DO look like sand dunes! We can pretend, can’t we??

    The wildflowers are beautiful…so appreciate them these days and can’t wait for their return.

    I won’t be joining you at 6 am BUT I have returned to my own exercise routine with a goal that, by the end of 16 weeks, I will have dropped the 7 lbs I seem to have gained over the last 2 years. A little toning wouldn’t hurt either! 🙂

  12. Karma says:

    A yoga commitment sounds wonderful, but I’m getting ready for work at that time of day. I have been promising myself I’d spend more time breaking a sweat on Wii Fit at least – which includes yoga poses.
    This is a really pretty collection of photos. Love the perspective of the first picture – and noticed it is now the banner. You’ve changed that up a lot recently!

    • Robin says:

      Anytime of day will do, Karma. 🙂

      Ever since I took my feet off the top of the blog, I haven’t been able to settle on one photo so I figure I’ll mix it up for a while.

  13. toemailer says:

    Excellent shots, I especially like the snow ones.

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