363: A walk in the rain

While out and about on my walk today, I started thinking about why I enjoy this time of year so much.  It is an unpredictable time of year.  We’ve had rain with the occasional sunny interludes throughout the day.  I’ve been outside several times today, and never know what kind of weather I might walk into.  At least it isn’t snow yet.

I do like the capriciousness of the weather in the late, late summer and early autumn.  One day it will be warm and sunny.  The next morning we wake up to fog or frost.  My favorite days are the cool, crisp days when the air seems to be a bit like Rice Krispies with their snap, crackle, and pop.


I like the flowers and colors of late summer/early autumn.  Yellows, oranges, reds, and purples. I like them all.

I even like the fading colors.

The layers are wonderful too.  Autumn seems to have many layers to it, especially in the meadows.  We’ll see more of that in the woods when the leaves on the trees start donning more of their fall colors.

And the light!  The light is fantastic this time of year.  There is a warmth to it that I’m grateful for after the harsh light of summer.

I don’t even mind the cloudy, rainy days.  Since September and October are usually dry, it’s good to have some rain once in a while.

After giving it a lot of serious thought, I’ve made my decision about what’s next, what I’ll be doing when I finish this commitment.

I am going to continue on with my commitment to step outside every day.  Now that I’ve become more tuned in to the beauty I’m surrounded by, I want to maintain, nourish, and nurture that awareness, that relationship with the land on which I live.  I would miss my daily visits with the great outdoors if I were to quit now.  I have decided to make it a lifetime commitment, one I won’t be required to blog about on a daily basis.  Huzzah for that!

I will attempt to continue on with PostADay since I’ve gotten this far into the year.  I’m not making any commitments where this one is concerned as there may come a day when I want to take a break.

The other things I plan to do are related to improving my health.  I will be committing to a daily yoga practice.  On the mat, every day, for a year.  This will be good for me on all levels. I have noticed that everything else falls into place for me when I’m practicing yoga on a daily basis.  Being more conscious and aware of my body, I treat it better.

I thought about beginning the day after this commitment ends, but we have a lot going on this weekend so it will be best if I start on Monday, September 26th.  Anyone care to join me?  It’s always fun to have company on these journeys.

Rain falling on leaves and grass, an abstract.

The second part of my commitment will be a change in diet.  I have decided to become a pescatarian for the next year.  I would have taken fish off the plate too, but it’s easier to keep that option open, especially when visiting family (most of whom eat mostly meat with the rare veggie every now and then), or friends, or when eating out.  At some restaurants, the vegetarian option on a menu is either non-existent or not all that great, but there are good fish dishes.  I’d like to eventually transition to something close to a vegan lifestyle.  I get close, but cheese is always so very tempting.

So there you have it.  My next two challenges.  The challenges are, in some ways, connected.  Both will, I hope, help me achieve my goal of getting my health numbers where I want them to be.  The commitment I’ll find most challenging will likely be the daily yoga practice.  As I found out during this year of the Great Outdoor Commitment, pushing myself to meet my commitment is very often rewarding, something I will have to keep in mind on those mornings when I’d rather skip the yoga and go back to sleep.

45 Comments on “363: A walk in the rain”

  1. I love your image of fall being like Rice Krispies–so perfect! I appreciate many of the same things you do about autumn. It’s so nice to be home in the US for my favorite time of year.

  2. Marianne says:

    Beautiful photos, Robin. I love the fall colors as well. Congratulations on your new commitments. Great going.

  3. Your Rice Krispie simile is exactly like an Autumn day–well-done. I liked cruising through your garden of colorful mums.

    When I want to lose weight, I eat vegetarian meals when we go to restaurants–which is quite often since it’s only the two of us now. If it weren’t for Dapper G, I could go without meat (not fish) all the time!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Teresita. 🙂

      Most of the time I don’t even like the flavor of meat. I end up covering it up with marinades, sauces, etc. Once I realized that, I wondered why I even bothered to eat meat. Fortunately, my husband doesn’t like to eat meat too much either, so going pescatarian and/or vegetarian is fairly easy for me.

  4. tjfox says:

    Reading about this challenge that you have done this year has really got me thinking about doing something myself. I’m already making huge strides in becoming healthier, but a daily challenge could help keep that motivation going. I haven’t decided what exactly I want to do, but I think I will try and come up with something. The first day of Autumn seems to be the perfect day to start, so I guess I should decide soon!

    • Robin says:

      The first day of autumn is a wonderful time to start, Fox. That’s when I got my start on this outdoor commitment last year. I’d really like to start the new commitments tomorrow, but there is too much going on over the weekend. I’m afraid I might be setting myself up to fail right away.

      Whatever you come up with, good luck! I look forward to hearing about it. 🙂

  5. SAJ says:

    sounds great Robin! I can’t believe you are almost done – i have to day I am half way through my commitment and finding it hard to make the time every day! i am in love with your flowers and the colors – I can’t believe you have so many flowers around! we have almost NONE =(
    funny you mention yoga – i just went to my first class today in a long time and felt SO refreshed – it was great. Hopefully I’ll be doing more of it too!

  6. eof737 says:

    WoW Robin, I’m impressed you still see gorgeous colorful flowers to capture… I love the way the earth and everything around it glows after a rainfall… Simply beautiful 🙂

  7. Kel says:

    autumn is my favourite season
    very envious you’re heading into that as we head towards the heat of summer

    am with you on the love of cheese
    being lacto-ovo vegetarian, it’s the goodstuff for ‘something special’

  8. Well good luck on your new commitments Robin… As for joining you.. hmmm… Well I would, but I always make such a mess with Yoga.. or was that Yoghurt !?!… Anywho, with that, and your daily walks, and the change in diet.. hopefully the next year will be even more fulfilling… 🙂

  9. Chloe [Photographer] says:

    stunning photos robin

  10. I never understood what painters and photographers meant about ‘warm light’ until I moved to the northeast…and autumn is the best.

    Congrats on your new comittments! I do meatless once a week (I make sausage for Hubby, who thinks he’ll curl up and die if there’s no meat on the plate!) and in a lot of restaurants. Chefs are getting very creative with their vegetarian offerings! I could never go vegan either…no cheese? No honey? Perish the thought!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marie. 🙂

      I have to agree about autumn. I think it is by far the best for that ‘warm light.’

      I hadn’t thought about honey! No, that would never do. We have some wonderful, local honey that I would hate to have to say no to.

  11. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so many vivid colours – all muted in the rain. Just gorgeous!

  12. Bo Mackison says:

    I am greatly inspired by your thoughtful and thought-provoking commitments. Setting goals are truly the way to get things accomplished. I am proud of you for completing your outside year, and for adding it as a life long commitment. It’s something I couldn’t do without, going outside every day.
    As for your new goals, good for you. They sound carefully thought out. I will be especially interested in how your food journey goes. I think of changing diets, too,but always have a reason to postpone it. Ah, motivation!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Bo. 🙂

      The M word. It’s hard to come by sometimes, Motivation. That’s what made the year-long commitment such a good thing for me to do. It’s taught me that even when I’m not feeling motivated, maybe especially when I’m not feeling motivated, there is a positive pay-off to following through on my commitment. And it’s taught me it’s okay to succeed. 😀

  13. milkayphoto says:

    Beautiful images! The low-angle shot of the mushroom is my favorite.

    You have a challenging year ahead BUT if you succeed, your rewards (good health and well-being) will be great. Best of luck! 🙂

  14. Kathy says:

    Beautiful images, an inspired life! I don’t do yoga every day, but do feel so much better on the mornings when it happens. (like today.) Love that you’re going to continue to go outside every day. It’s such a gift that we can give ourselves. You’re almost at the finish line!

  15. I could hear Neil Sedaka as I was reading this. Congratulations as you close in on the end of this goal and the beginnings of a new one(s).

    The colors and compositions in all these photos are outstanding.

  16. Phil Vaughn says:

    I stumbled across your blog and I’m glad I did. I’ve enjoyed seeing your work. This series is just great. The deep colors give your photos a special feeling that is so good for this time of year. I particularly like the first and third shots.

  17. Christine Grote says:

    You’re an inspiration. I seem to have lost my ability to set and stick with long-term goals. I’d like to try Yoga, but never had a lot of luck with it in the past. Balance and flexibility need improvement, which is exactly why I probably should be doing yoga.

    • Robin says:

      I know what you mean, Christine. I felt the same way until I read about Kathy’s experience with her outdoor commitment. It inspired me to do the same, and now I’m inspired to keep going, to take on other challenges and goals, especially in the area of health. Being outside every day has taught me to start honoring myself. It’s hard to turn back from that.

      If you’re up to it, I’d love to have you join me with the year-long yoga challenge. You don’t have to twist into a pretzel or anything. Start small. Try a 30 day challenge. I can recommend a couple of DVD’s that are good for beginners. The great thing about yoga is that you start from where you are. No need or reason to push.

  18. Barbara Rodgers says:

    Oh Robin, all of these pictures do have a gorgeous warm light, but the light in the eighth one feels extra dreamy and magical to me. I love the cool, crisp air of autumn, too.

    I had to look up pescetarian – it seems like a good definition of where our diet is heading, too. The consensus among researchers seems to be that not eating meat can reverse heart disease. (Even Bill Clinton is on board!) Since I’m glucose sensitive, eating vegetarian in restaurants can be dicey, so that’s when I’ll fall back on fish. It’s nice to know you’re following a similar path…

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Barbara. 🙂

      Have you read The China Study? (I may have asked you about that already.) It is an interesting look (through sound research) at what a difference a plant-based diet can make in terms of health. That is where I’m hoping to end up eventually. I have to figure out the right balance. I tend to do well fitting in lots of fruits and vegetables, but not so well with the whole grains or legumes. Not that I don’t get some whole grains and legumes. But not as many servings as I should be eating.

      Here’s a good website for the beginner vegetarian:


      • Barbara Rodgers says:

        Thank you for the great link, Robin! It’s just the kind of resource I was looking for… I don’t remember if you mentioned the China Study, but I will have to look into it. (By the way, I meant gluten sensitive, not glucose sensitive in my original comment!) I’m pretty much the opposite of you, I easily live on beans and brown rice and have often enjoyed trying out other legume/whole grain (except wheat) combos. I need to shop more often for fresh fruits and veggies, though. 🙂 Here’s to healthier eating!

        • Robin says:

          You’re welcome, Barbara. I have a little trouble with gluten as well. I find I feel better if I avoid it for the most part.

          I’m with you. Cheers to healthier eating! 🙂

  19. […] is the first day of my new commitments.  (If you missed what those are, you can find the post here.  Scroll down to the mushrooms.)  I did not sleep well last night so this first day of my […]

  20. Hallysann says:

    Good luck with your new challenges. I’m glad you’ve decided to keep up your outdoor challenge because you come across in your blogs as enjoying doing it as much as I enjoy reading about it.
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  21. Dana says:

    Wow– best of luck with your new commitments! Both yoga and a change in diet will have such positive, widespread effects in your daily life
    And just to show you a change in perspective re: diet: both my husband and I are long-term vegetarians, but he recently had to start incorporating meat into his diet again to deal with some nasty fallout from being a competitive athlete for most of his life. Lots of people wonder “what can I possibly cook that doesn’t have meat in it?”, but I’m the opposite: What can I possibly cook that ISN’T vegetarian or vegan? How stressful! I’m sure you’ll do just fine as a pescatarian. If I actually liked fish, I would be a pescatarian, too. 🙂

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