267: Fresh as a daisy

Daisies in the meadow

Well.  That was a wonderful retreat.  It was all of the “re” things.  Relaxing, renewing, recharging, refreshing.  I’m sure there are more, but that’s all I can think of at the moment.  I feel like a new person.  To be honest, I was tempted to tack on another three days, but I don’t have any blog posts ready to go.  Besides, a glance at my email makes it clear that I’ve gotten pretty far behind.  There was a lot of blog posting going on while I was busy being not busy and doing things to take care of myself.

The pond on Day One of my at-home retreat.

The weather was amazingly cooperative.  Some of the best weather we’ve had in months, in fact.  Sunshine, cool breezes, cool nights with moderate temps during the day.  Lovely, lovely, lovely.  It was perfect for communing with nature.

I think I took the majority of photos on the first day of my retreat.  After that, I enjoyed my time outdoors without the camera.  It was a  nice break.

The low path in the Future Woods

I walked back to the woods on day one.  The nights and days had been cool and breezy, enough that I thought I could venture in there without getting eaten alive.  I braved the mosquitoes, the deer flies, and the thick, tall underbrush (overgrowth?), and found myself standing in a dark, magical, green realm.

A day one view of the creek.

It has been a very long time since I last ventured into the woods during this time of year.  I am so glad I decided to take a chance and wander down there.  Once I got past the tall plants and the initial swarm of mosquitoes, it wasn’t so bad, and Mother Nature rewarded me for my effort.  It was a little like a fairy tale, without princes and princesses although I can’t be completely sure about that since there were plenty of frogs and I didn’t kiss any of them to find out.

One of the best parts of my visit was emerging into a patch of sunlight in the woods and finding a group of black and turquoise damselflies in flight, shimmering like jewels when the light hit them.  It truly was a magical moment.  Unfortunately, it was not one I was able to capture with the camera.  If I had been thinking at all, I might have tried to video the event.  Instead, I was enjoying the moment and not thinking about capturing it.  I bet I had the biggest, silliest looking smile on my face, I was so enchanted with the sight.  That big, silly smile is present now, just thinking about the experience.  Enchantment makes me goofy looking.  😉

The second and third days of my at-home retreat were lovely, too.  On all three days I found myself present on my yoga mat, three times a day (morning, afternoon, and evening).  I especially enjoyed the evening practice as it was incredibly relaxing.

Reflections in a vernal pool

I took walks, went on bike rides, did a few chores, wrote in my journal, ate nourishing  (and nurturing) foods, and gradually my mind calmed down and my body began to feel rested and relaxed.  I watched sunrises, sunsets, moonrises, and moonsets.  I took long, deep breaths, right down to my toes, and exhaled long, deep, exhales.  I meditated.  I read.  A lot.  Almost none of it online.  I did glance at my email once a day because some of my family tend to keep in touch that way.

I did not spend as much time in the garden as I’d hoped, but I’ll make up for that soon.  We had a few rain showers yesterday evening which I’m sure did the garden good and helped the weeds grow a little faster.  Things are changing so quickly now that it’s difficult to keep up.  The growing season is well and truly upon us.

Exiting the woods

Thank you all for continuing to visit while I was away.  I appreciate it.  I got quite a few names for the give-away which I found flattering.  Thank you.

High grasses

Are you wondering who won?  First, I will tell you that I did not use a hat this time.  I found a random name picker on the internet and let that do the choosing for me.  Not just one name, though.  Nope.  I decided to pick two.  I’d give you all one if I could, but that’s way beyond my budget.

In the clover

The first winner is Bearyweather who writes wonderfully thought-provoking posts at her blog Bear in Mind.  The second winner is Kel from the marvelously creative blog the X facta.  Kel and I have been following each other for a few years now.  I hope to meet her someday.  I’d love to meet Bearyweather, too.  If you haven’t visited these blogs, head on over there now.  I’ll wait. You’ll be delighted you did.

Chillin' in my pink hightops (laces tucked in for a bike ride).

I know from a glance through my emails that I have a great deal of catching up to do.  I may end up falling back on my usual “start from where I am” stance so please forgive me if I do.  Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming and life is just easier if I start from where I am.

Exiting the woods. (The heavily processed version.)

38 Comments on “267: Fresh as a daisy”

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed your break! Sounds like the perfect vacation – just true relaxation!! You have some beautiful images here, I especially love the sun rays, and the last photo (which almost looks like a painting).

  2. carlaat says:

    Sounds just marvelous! I have plans for something similar but not quite as long this weekend. Love the photos in the woods by the creek, and the vernal pools – such a special part of spring.
    I had a similar experience to your damselfly one while hiking, and I too wasn’t able to capture it on film. I saw about seven black swallowtail butterflies all dancing around each other – I’ve seen pairs and threes, but never so many! I had a goofy grin too 🙂

    • Robin says:

      It’s nice to know others experience the goofy grin, Carla. lol! I hope you had a wonderful mini-retreat over the weekend. 🙂

  3. Geez, I feel rejuvenated just reading this post and getting lost in those beautiful photos.

  4. Kel says:

    some unplugged time is always a good ‘retreat’ tool
    glad you came out the other end feeling refreshed

    soooo excited that i was the lucky 2nd winner – a MaidinSun photo all my own !
    happy dance

    now i’m off to do some photo shopping 🙂

  5. Welcome back from your retreat! I’ve had a hiatus from blogging for the past couple weeks and this was the first post I read coming back. Thanks for the inspiration to take some time for me!

  6. I must selfishly say that I’m glad you’re back, because every shot in this post is breathtaking. The reflections on the pond and the light beams in the woods are my favorites. Thanks for letting me share some of the beauty you have around your home!

  7. Welcome back! The serenity of your time off is evident in the photos you took. Thanks for sharing.

    Now, about that portal… 😉

  8. Wow, Robin, the writing here is really lovely! Sounds like the break relaxed you all the way down to those VERY CUTE shoes–which I’m covetting, by the way!
    Good to have you back!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathyrn. 🙂

      Those shoes are probably still available. They are Converse All Stars. In three shades of pink. I may not do classy, but I seem to do cute pretty well when it comes to shoes. lol!

  9. Kathy says:

    I am so glad you had a retreat, Robin! It sounds like you had a fantastic time reconnecting to yourself and spirit and nature. (I am thinking we are on similar wavelengths because I am in retreat-mode as well lately. Not as deep a retreat as you experienced, but much less on-line time with the energy more focused inwardly.) You were on your yoga mat three times a day? Gosh, I am so impressed. That, in itself, is inspiring! I have never thought of doing yoga more than once a day. Thanks for that energy!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. It was wonderful to have that time, especially with all that has been going on in life.

      The yoga three times a day was an experiment. I have a DVD from Yoga Journal that has morning, noon, and night practices on it, and I’d never tried it before. I was amazed at how each practice was spot on for its time of day, either energizing or relaxing me, as needed.

  10. Karma says:

    This sounds like a pretty amazing time. I’m not sure that I could experience a “retreat” at home. There is always something dragging my attention away. I’m sorry I didn’t even realize you had anything going on this week. I haven’t been around to all my usual blogs since early in the week, and apparently I missed some goings-on. Tonight is our dance recital and I’ve been busy helping our studio owner and applying for a couple jobs as well. I’ll do some more catching up when I have much more time on my hands in a few days when school ends for the summer!

    • Robin says:

      That’s one of the beauties of an empty nest, Karma. It’s much easier to find “retreat” time at home. That said, I would not have wanted to rush through raising my children just to get here (although it did seem to fly as they got older). It took me a few years to come to appreciate the empty nest, and work my way through what they call Empty Nest Syndrome.

  11. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful ♥

  12. penpusherpen says:

    OOOooo, Robin, I love the heavily processed version, exiting the woods, looks like you stepped out of a magical other dimensional vortex. (easily recognisable by one like myself, so seasoned in vortex traveling. 😉 ) … Good to hear the rest and relaxation worked a treat. …. and I’ve just been drinking in the photographic proof of Nature being bountiful, so many differing shades of green. … she must own and use a massive and varied palette of colours … Good to catch up with you. xPenx

    • Robin says:

      I’ve been through a few vortexes too, Pen. You never know where they might lead. I felt like I’d stepped through one for my retreat. 😀

  13. ladyfi says:

    What amazing shots! So relaxing… So glad you managed to relax and rest! Looking forward to some of that too…

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  15. klassikurvz says:

    You have a wonderful blog. It was fun browsing your posts. Very bright and beautiful.

  16. QuoinMonkey says:

    Right there with you. So good to get away. Wonderful photographs. The best hope is to carry the retreat energy home and through the year. It lives inside. And in the photographs we capture.

  17. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Robin — How would I go about buying a print of Exiting the Woods (processed version)??? I would really like a copy of that…I grew up running around in the woods, and your piece feels absolutely TRUE to my experience. Magical. Loved it. Also greatly enjoyed the clouds on the pond photos.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, BATR. You should have an email regarding your question. 🙂

      • boatacrosstheriver says:

        Received the email — glad I read this note as my crazy email blocks everything and sends it to “junk” so sometimes I miss things! But I went back through it all and there was your note. Okay, let me know how the print turns out and we’ll take it from there! Thx.

  18. I love your mirror on the heavens. Have you ever tried capturing a reflection of stars?

    • Robin says:

      I have thought of it, Christine, but have not been able to work out how to do it. The best view of the reflections (when the weather is warm) is from a boat.. Our little boats are not stable enough for taking a night shot with a tripod. There is bound to be some movement. Thinking it out to answer your question, it has dawned on me that I could probably do it from the back of the pond during the late autumn or sometime into the winter months before the pond freezes.

      Thanks! I’m sure it will be worth a try. 🙂

  19. Robin says:

    Thank you, thank you, and thank you, everyone for all your wonderful comments. 🙂

  20. bearyweather says:

    THANK YOU for the gift …. now the hard part … choosing a picture 😉

    Your retreat sounds wonderful ….

  21. SAJ says:

    the pictures themselves are relaxing! they make me want to be there, in the middle of the scene…

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