321: Beautiful day in the Bogs

Today's view of the pond

We are having an amazingly gorgeous day here in the Bogs today.  It’s not the kind of day I normally would associate with August.  A cold front moved through last night, bringing heavy rains, lightning, thunder, gusty winds, and much cooler and drier weather.  The sunshine is bright, the clouds rolling by have been puffy and white, and the breeze is wonderful.  This is my kind of weather.


I started my walk this morning by visiting the sunflowers.  There are now two blooming, the one pictured above having just opened up this morning.  It looks a little ruffled and sleepyheaded to me.

Waving hello

A flock of geese went by while I was out, honking as they flew overhead.  I had a dream last night that included eight geese. The call of the geese always reminds me of autumn and the beginning of their migration.  I decided to look up Goose in Ted Andrews’ book Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small.

There are eight species of geese in North America.  This is very symbolic in that the number eight is so similar to the symbol for infinity.  It reflects an ability to move forward or backward.  It reflects movement, and in the case of the goose, a call to the spiritual quest.

This is further exemplified by its migration patterns and behavior.  Their leaving in the autumn stirs our imagination and makes us want to search out new worlds and dimensions.  Their incessant honking seems to be calling us to follow them on the great spiritual quest.  Their return is a harbinger of spring second only to the robin.  It speaks of the fulfilled promises that great quests bring.

~ Ted Andrews

Change is gonna come

It often seems to me that this year-long commitment to spend time outdoors everyday has been a spiritual quest of sorts.  I realized today that I’ve almost come full circle, and that the end of the commitment is almost here.  It brought with it a bittersweet kind of feeling, much the way a lot of people feel as summer comes to a close and autumn approaches.

The highlight of my walk this morning, if there was a such a thing as it’s so beautiful that it all seemed like a highlight, was back by the cattails in the Joe Pye Weed.  Joe Pye Weed is also known as Marsh Milkweed, and is a North American native.  Butterflies are attracted to the flowers of the plant so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me to find eight Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies sipping at the plentiful nectar produced by said flowers.

It was magical, watching them all dance around from one cluster of flowers to another.  Sometimes there would be two or three of the butterflies gathered on one bundle of flowers.

Unfortunately for the photographer part of me, the Joe Pye Weed is growing amongst the cattails, which made it difficult for me to get a clear, straight shot at the butterflies.

I did okay, though, and I’m not unhappy with what I came back with.  Besides, the best part of it all was just standing there watching the butterflies.  Any photos I managed were a bonus.

Jewels on the jewelweed

The most difficult part of my commitment has been trying to express some of the things I’ve experienced and learned.  It’s easier to put up photos and hope some of it comes across than to try to put it into words.

A hint of things to come

Well, enough of this talk of endings and autumn.  We still have more than a month of summer to enjoy.  I still have more than a month of this commitment to explore and appreciate.  I don’t expect there will be an ending to my commitment, to nature and to myself, to spend time outside each and every day.

Down by the creek

The leaves are green, the late summer flowers are blooming, the pond is still warm enough to swim in, and I’m sure the more summer-like temperatures will return.  Best to savor and appreciate the summer I’m in rather than look ahead to the seasons to come.

Thanks for dropping by and joining me on my walk today.  I know I promised a post about decluttering.  I’ll get to it soon.  The beautiful day wanted a blog post all to its self.  🙂

38 Comments on “321: Beautiful day in the Bogs”

  1. Pat Bean says:

    What a fantastic day for cloud watching and walking in the bog. I especially liked your pond reflection photo. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I think you have articulated your outdoor experience brilliantly. But the pairing of words and images has been wonderful, as well. Here I especially love the photo of the leaf floating in the rippling water. I love the way the ripples also suggest the passage of time, but on a smaller scale or shorter term.. Nicely done, Robin!

  3. I am HIGHLY enjoying the weather today!! Beautiful sunflowers – love the red & yellow petals!! 🙂

  4. jenna says:

    Hello dear friend.

  5. Bo Mackison says:

    I took photos in a sunflower field this morning, so I’ll be posting sunflowers today, too. Fun!

    I love seeing how your land and lake look each day. It’s a lovely habit you have gotten us all in!

    • Robin says:

      Lucky you, Bo! I would love to be able to visit and photograph a field of sunflowers. The first time I saw large fields of them was in Wisconsin many, many moons ago.

  6. tedgriffith says:

    Ahhhh!! Thanks for the walk, today. I enjoyed it immensely. 😀 Your combination of images and words work so well together. (you’ll notice my post are short. I can communicate visually (photos) or verbally more eloquently than with written word)

  7. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Spending time outdoors everyday is often a spiritual quest. As Emerson observed, “Nature is made to conspire with spirit to emancipate us.” I wasn’t here at the beginning of your commitment, but I’ve enjoyed very much following your days and your thoughts since I discovered your blog.

    I love “A hint of things to come” – it does seem like a gentle pause between the seasons…

  8. bearyweather says:

    Hey, you have great reflections this week, too!
    I love this cool weather … sleeping is great. We had a high of 74 today. Perfect. But, the signs of the big Fall change are everywhere.

  9. Beautiful Butterfly captures, they look great, watching them is half the fun. I also saw some signs of change with a red leaf. Lovely leaf in the water.

  10. Tammy says:

    Love the leaf on the water picture!

  11. Kel says:

    yes, I like the floating leaf image too

  12. Marcie says:

    Oh yes – what a beautiful summer day!!!

  13. Karma says:

    As usual, your weather has followed suit here today. Lower humidity and abundant sunshine in our forecast today – got up this morning and it almost felt a little cool out with temps in the 60’s. How wonderful to experience all those butterflies together! I had a similar experience yesterday. While I was sitting outside on the steps of the deck, the female hummingbird of the pair that seems to reside near my yard came over and enjoyed my bee balm while I sat only feet away. I just took it in, sat still, and enjoyed – no pictures. She would have been gone by the time I reached for the camera anyway.
    Your feelings do come across in your photos – that leaf shot with the light and shadows and droplets says a lot.

  14. Christine Grote says:

    It’s beautiful here in southwest Ohio today. I’m a little under the weather, unfortunately, and may not get outside. I love your challenge to be outside everyday. I’m sure that hasn’t been easy.

    • Robin says:

      There have been days, Christine, when I regretted making the commitment and didn’t want to go out. But once I’m outside, it’s all good. 🙂

  15. penpusherpen says:

    that Sunflower is actually waving Robin, sheesh, what some will do just to get on camera!!… 😉 … and you did great with the flutter-by,… lovely photo’s…. and now I feel floaty like the leaf on the water, I shall float away on a trail of thought, ending up by the creek,… once again thank you for enabling us to walk along with you, wonderful, just wonderful. … xPenx

  16. I did enjoy this walk through the bog today! We also had a hint of fall in the air today–not complaining, just sayin’! Loved the piece by Ted Andrews–a lot.

  17. A wonderful photo essay! I so enjoy the slow buildup to autumn, that hint of change in the air.

  18. I love all the color and beauty in this post, Robin. Great captures!

  19. eof737 says:

    It looks like some of those changes are coming… leaves turning color early. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Yep, the change is upon us, Elizabeth. Summer has been interesting and fun, but I do love the autumn months so I have to admit to looking forward to some of those changes.

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