263: Lovely morningPosted: June 13, 2011 Filed under: 365 Life in the Bogs Challenge, Adventures in Life, Air, Earth, Fire, garden, home, life, nature, Photography, pond, Quotes, Spirit, Spring, Walking, water, weather | Tags: Ajahn Chah, Clara L. Balfour, Earth, flowers, fruit, Fruit tree, Henry Ward Beecher, Photography, pond, postaday2011, quotes, Tree 16 Comments
Try to be mindful, and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still.
~ Ajahn Chah
If the summer days to come are all like today, I think I could easily fall in love with summer. We’re not officially into summer yet, but even with today’s mild temperatures, it looks and feels like summer, especially around the pond.
I went out early for my walk. The temperature was a cool, mild 60 degrees with a nice breeze. Thin clouds drifted across a beautiful blue sky. As they moved out, the big, white puffy clouds moved in. Although it was dewy, the air feels dry.
The air smells fresh and clean, except near the woods where it smells a lot like skunk. The woods are dark, green, and the underbrush is tall, making it difficult to get to the creek. I’m going to have to brave it sometime soon, just to get a photo of the creek on the solstice, but today was not the day to try to trudge down there. I might need a machete to clear out the jungle-like plants growing on the path that leads down to the creek.
We have a young deer (a buck) living at the back of the pond. We see him early in the morning, and then again in the evening, lying on a patch of grass under one of the trees in the corner to the right at the back. Yesterday a mother and fawn spent some time resting in the timothy grass meadow.
There is so much life out there now. It’s amazing. Everywhere I look something is moving or growing or flowering. It has been a few days since I took a slow walk around the pond and even in that short amount of time, things have changed considerably.
The yarrow is blooming. Yarrow is said to represent healing and inspiration as well as protection. It has a number of medicinal uses, from stopping nosebleeds to detoxifying the body. There are some who believe if you make a wish on the first blossoms in a yarrow patch, it will come true.
Flowers have a mysterious and subtle influence upon the feelings, not unlike some strains of music. They relax the tenseness of the mind. They dissolve its vigor.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
The Queen Anne’s Lace looks like it will be blooming soon. Queen Anne’s Lace is, to me, the summer flower. Once it starts to bloom, summer truly has arrived.
What a desolate place would be a world without flowers. It would be a face without a smile; a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars of the earth? Are not our stars the flowers of heaven?
~ Clara L. Balfour
And now, as promised, the mystery fruit (which is no longer a mystery). Let’s start with the flowers, just to refresh our memories.
It’s an apricot tree! We only have two apricots on the tree, but it’s a very small tree so I’m thrilled we got any fruit at all.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of my Great Outdoor Adventures. Thanks for dropping by and joining me on my walks.
ooh i hope that lone apricot tastes good
imagine it must with all the goodness from the tree going to only two fruit 🙂
Love to see the vibrant colors and the green everywhere. Queen Anne’s lace is a favorite and l love their details. You are lucky to find a companion bird. Like the look of the lake. Nice photos and stories.
beautiful pictures – the flowers are so vibrant and the apricot looks yummy!
I can’t imagine how wonderful it must be to look out on your pond in all the seasons–it is so incredibly lovely and calming. Like that apricot–something I haven’t ventured into is fruit–not enough room! Hope you have another lovely day tomorrow!
The flowers are stunning, Robin! (Also, it was beautifully cool here today–such relief!–right?!)
Yesterday’s sunset is beauty, Robin. The clouds look like there in the pond. Such a wonderful reflection photo with the sun going down. Let us know how the apricots taste.
It truly was a beautiful morning, and a beautiful sunset, too. You make me miss summer mornings.
Your flower shots are lovely, Robin, specially the tiger lilies. I wish I had some of those in my garden.
Daisies have always been my favourite flower.
Lovely photos, thanks.
Lovely photo’s Robin, especially the reflective one of the cattails. and the photo of the pond shows it looking so peaceful, and tranquil, heavenly in fact., and so inviting with the boat waiting for somebody, (me) to cast off and slowly float along, drifting, trailing my fingers in the coolness of the water. Sigh!! xPenx
Wow – spectacular sunset!! I could sit on a porch and watch a sky like that, and just be happy!! 🙂 We’ve had several beautiful days in a row now (if only I had the days off….), hopefully that trend will continue into the weekend!! 🙂
Very nice images! Jewelweed is just starting to bloom here in central Ohio.
I wonder if those tiny white flowers are mouse-ear chickweed?
The summer greenery looks so lush and the pond so blue and inviting. You’re lucky to have the deer hanging out there… 🙂 Flowers certainly are the stars of the earth and your pictures of them are delightful! Hurray for the apricot tree!
Really like that Chah quote. Thank you for sharing!
The tiger lilies are wonderful!
Cool about the apricot tree. I’m seeing a lot of red-winged blackbirds around too, but haven’t caught a photo.
Thanks so much everyone, for your lovely comments and your visits. 🙂