181: Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

As you can tell from the post title, the Weekly Photo Challenge brought to us by The Daily Post is Spring.  Although winter still has a few tricks up its sleeve, the trees are starting to bud.  This photo is of the little fuzzy things on the old maple tree at the back of the pond.  It is a tree we are going to have to cut down eventually.  If a strong storm came along and knocked it over, roots and all, it could do some terrible damage to the dam of the pond.

(Springtime aura on the trees in the woods.)

The Answer

I forgot to give you all the answer to the mystery photo from my close up series.  Sorry about that.  Perhaps this will help:

It is a lobster.  Some of you were close with crab as your guess.  Good job.  🙂

Walking meditation

To find new things, take the path you took yesterday.  ~ John Burroughs

This morning, as I got caught up in trying to solve a problem with the computer, I briefly thought about how I could have spent that time meditating. Then I went on with what I was doing.

I thought about meditation again while I was out on my walk this afternoon, slowly making my way around the pond.

I am normally a fast walker.  It’s not a matter of wanting to get from point A to point B.  I usually walk fast because I see it as an opportunity to exercise, to raise my heart rate, to burn a few calories.  The camera, of course, often slows me down.  But in between the picture taking, I often hurry along as if I am late for something.

I’m not sure when it happened but, sometime since the start of my commitment to get outside every day, I slowed down.  Each step is taken with purpose, with awareness.  I no longer rush to get anywhere (or nowhere).

I arrive back at the house feeling the way I do after I’ve meditated.  That is to say, some days it’s good.  Some days it’s very good.  And other days, the monkey mind had its way and I’ll just have to try again tomorrow.

All walking is discovery.  On foot we take the time to see things whole.  ~ Hal Borland

I hear thunder rumbling in the distance.  I’ll take that as a sign I should wrap this up and move on to other things now.  We have a freezing rain advisory for tonight, but the predicted snow seems to have fallen off the radar.  Tomorrow, they say, will be sunny and cold.

28 Comments on “181: Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring”

  1. I find myself slowly doing the same thing – taking my time and “stopping to smell the roses” when I walk. Now, I always feel like if I don’t check everything, I might miss something! I LOVE what you did with the 2nd photo – very artistic!! I would NOT have guessed lobster – I looked at the photo for a while, and I couldn’t tell WHAT it was!

    • Robin says:

      Holly: Isn’t life so much better when you “stop to smell the roses?” I’m not worried so much about missing something as just not being there at all. Sometimes I get caught up in my thoughts and I end up being in the past or looking towards the future, and I miss where I’m at.

      To be honest, I have never, ever seen a lobster like that. I don’t know if he ended up in Florida by mistake or what. He certainly is unusual. But then, I’m used to seeing the cooked version.

  2. Nice photos–I especially like the springtime aura photo–looks quite like a pastel drawing. ps Getting outside–even in winter–was a goal of mine this year and it is difficult with the camera!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, PetalPusher. 🙂 And thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      I now know well how difficult it is to get outside in the winder, especially with the camera. The camera does not always like the cold. Batteries die. Lenses fog or freeze up. And so do the fingers of the photographer! It’s been an interesting winter, with lots of learning experiences, that’s for sure. 🙂

  3. k says:

    Walking meditation can be as soothing as sitting on a pillow, perhaps even better for some people, especially those with a camera in hand. The moment becomes entirely still each time they press the shutter.

  4. The lobster is not so ugly when I’m not staring it in the eye. That’s not the kind of lobster people eat, is it?
    I love your branches shots, Robin; the sky’s so blue and the little buds on the branches are adorable details as well as bearers of hope.
    I’m with Mr. Burroughs. Since I took up photography, I’m seeing the world in a whole other light. I take paths I’ve taken a hundred times, and I see things I’d never seen before. It makes me wonder how many wonderful things I’ve passed in my life without even noticing them. And also makes me endlessly grateful that my calling in life puts me in touch with so much beauty.

    • Robin says:

      I don’t know, SunsetSeaSoul, if it is edible or not. I am assuming it is only because it is a lobster. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

      Photography opens up whole new worlds, doesn’t it? 🙂

  5. Gosh, I love the Spring photo and the Burroughs’ quote. Thanks for sharing them, Robin——— Hope you don’t get freezing rain!

    • Robin says:

      It looks like it was mostly a dusting of snow, Kathy, which is not so bad. The flowers look fine so far. We have another really cold night ahead. Hopefully the flower will do whatever it is they do to survive brief cold snaps. 🙂

  6. SWK says:

    I love that first photo… very painting-like!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, SWK. I’ve been practicing the painting-like look and think I’ve figured it out. It’s likely the camera will disagree and do something different next time. 😉

  7. penpusherpen says:

    I walk fast,|Robin, in fact I keep getting told off by my BF, when in London, to s-l-o-w down, and look and soak in the atmosphere … but the trouble is, I love to power walk. I love to feel I’m getting somewhere and also exercising at the same time. (With my ex I used to walk as fast as I could to almost get away from him, maybe that was a gigantic clue?) sigh!!
    Love trees and their buds, and their blossom, and their…um everything.
    The springtime aura is a gorgeous array of colours…and not crab eh? so no prize? Sigh’s again!! 😉 xx

  8. burstmode says:

    I like your treatment of the skies.

  9. ladyfi says:

    What gorgeous uplifting photos – they are like amazing portraits of the small beauties of life!

  10. milkayphoto says:

    First two images are gorgeous! Glad to hear your meditations are doing you good. I still need to learn to slow down…

  11. Kathy says:

    Here is a question, Robin. Do you find it easy to meditate with a camera? I find it a distraction many times, because the mind gets active watching for a possible shot, figuring out how to frame it, always moving outwards. I would like to learn how to meditate with a camera–but it hasn’t happened yet! Any advice?

  12. Karma says:

    That lobster definitely looks different than the ones we eat around here! Thanks for the answer. I was wondering.
    I’m waiting for summer days when I can join you in not hurrying anywhere!

  13. Barbara Rodgers says:

    The shots of branches framing the sky, and also the tree with a window, are divine! Walking can be very meditative… Love both the quotes….

  14. bearyweather says:

    You have been sharing some amazing photos lately. I am sorry I was unable to comment and let you know how much I appreciated visiting your blog and seeing them. They brightened many days … and I was extremely envious of your warm ocean pictures … I still have mountains of snow outside my window and a cold 20º today. Thanks for sharing the beauty you see …

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Bearyweather. And thank you so much for your lovely comment and compliments. 🙂

      I’m sorry about the mountains of snow. The standard line around here is “it’s cold but at least there is no snow.” I suppose that is a blessing.

  15. Bo Mackison says:

    Great quotes in the post, Robin. Oh, they say so much is so few words!

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