365: One amazing year

Well.  Here it is.  The last day of my year-long commitment to get outside every day and blog about it.  All I can think of to say about it right now is:  It has been one amazing year.

Today's view of the pond.

After having a whole year to consider it, you would think I could come up with something better than “it’s been one amazing year.”  But that sums it up so well I don’t know if I want to expand upon it.

Birds filling the sky.

Instead, I would much rather take you on today’s walk with me.  As you can see, it’s a gray day.  A rainy day.

Birds filling a purple sky. Processed in Photoshop.

It is, in fact, a beautiful day.  Just as all the days of this past year have been beautiful in their way.  All I had to do was pay attention, stay awake, and I would find it.  It was always there.

Growing and waiting to be part of the future woods.

As I made my way through the high meadow (also known as the future woods), I realized I was not going to make it all the way around the pond or back to the woods before the next batch of rain.  At that point I could have turned around and made it back to the house ahead of the rain.  I didn’t even think of it at the time.  I was following my bliss, so to speak, and enjoying the mist, the sounds, the scents, and the colors.

I am grateful to Mother Nature for being such an awesome teacher during my commitment.  A lot of what I learned can’t be put into words.  You have to experience it for yourself.

All you have to do is step outside every day.  Explore your yard or your neighborhood or a local park.

Sheltered from the rain.

You don’t have to blog about it.  Or take a bazillion photos.  Or keep a record of any kind.  Just take a walk.  Explore the same area on a regular basis.  Experience the change of seasons.  Eventually you’ll learn what I have learned, and you won’t need or have words for it either.

The mist changed into a heavy rain by the time I reached the back of the pond.  I stayed with this tree for a while.  The tree sheltered me from most of the rain.  Thank you, tree.

The colors change as the light changes, and also from limb to limb.

Under the tree I watched the reflections of the leaves and limbs as the raindrops hit the surface of the pond.

Follow effective action with quiet reflection.  From the quiet reflection will come even more effective actions.

~ Peter F. Drucker

Some of the golds in my photos today are a result of setting the white balance on the camera to open shade.  It has a lovely warming effect.

Another shelter from the rain.

I felt a little sad at first, feeling the ending part of this journey.  But with endings come beginnings.  I’m just getting started with my outdoor commitment.  The only ending here is that I am no longer promised to blog about it every day.  I can if I want to, and I imagine I will want to.  I will also want to blog about other things, things I’ve put aside in order to blog about my daily walks.

And yet another shelter from the rain.

I stopped at the dogwood tree on the northeastern side of the pond to admire its beautifully colored leaves and to capture what its doing now.  Back on Day 266 I showed you Dogwood Evolution.  If you haven’t seen it, go take a quick look at the photos.  The next photos will almost finish the series.

Since I started the series in the spring, I’ll keep going with it until spring rolls around again.  A year in the life of a dogwood tree.

The above photo is my favorite photo from today.  It was my favorite sighting of the day.  The dogwood tree seemed to be celebrating with color, even on this gray and rainy day.  Especially on this gray and rainy day, because this is the kind of day that allows color to really shine.  The dogwood tree helped me celebrate the end of this leg of the journey and the Autumnal Equinox.  I also realized I have something else to celebrate.  My blog turned 5 years old this month.  Happy Birthday, Blog!

Redbud ♥

I am grateful for all of my visitors, especially the regular visitors who have encouraged and supported me throughout this year-long commitment.  Thank you all so much.  I am most especially grateful to Kathy for inspiring me to take this journey in the first place.  Thank you so much, Kathy.  🙂

Rowboat in shades of purple. Color altered in Photoshop.

So.  That’s it from the Bogs for today.  I’ll be back with new challenges and commitments.  Or maybe just to say hello and blog about something other than getting outside.  Who knows?  You’ll have to stay tuned to find out…

😉

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76 Comments on “365: One amazing year”

  1. I missed it all! 🙂 Beautiful photos!

  2. Robin–it appears, by your photos, that you have really connected with nature during your commitment, made peace with summer, and taken some very fine photos. Congratulations–liking that collage, too.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Teresita. 🙂

      Connecting with nature was the easy part of the commitment. Making peace with summer was the most challenging. But it all came together in the end.

  3. Brush Arbors says:

    I enjoyed my visit Blessings… Bro Pat

  4. I didn’t start at the very beginning with you, but I have very much enjoyed following along the rest of the way! You have inspired me (and many others, I’m sure) to appreciate the outdoors, the changing seasons, and to “stop and smell the roses”. I look forward to keeping up with you in your future challenges. Now – stop and take a deep breath – – YOU DID IT! You completed your challenge, congratulations!! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      lol! How did you know I needed to take a deep breath, Holly? lol! Great advice. I really did need to do that. Thank you. I look forward to keeping up with you too. You do such cool things with your photographs. 🙂

  5. What an amazing journey! Congrats on its completion. And thanks for taking us along for the ride. I can’t wait to see where blogging takes you next, especially your Artists’ Journey Challenge. Have a great weekend, Robin!
    Kathy

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, Kathy M. 🙂

      I imagine my blogging will be the same old, same old. Walks around the pond, bicycle adventures, etc. But you never know.. 🙂

  6. A fitting tribute to your year…
    Looking foreward to what comes next, and many more explorations with you!

  7. tjfox says:

    Congratulations on completing such a huge project! I am truly inspired and have taken that and attempted to try to inspire some of my closest friends as well. We will be starting a group commitment with each of us setting our own goals for the next year, beginning on November 1st (to give everyone time to set their goals). I haven’t decided if I’ll add blogging about mine every day, but I just may add that to my goals. Thank you so much for sharing your journey!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Fox. 🙂

      If you can pull if off, I highly recommend blogging about your commitment/goal. I think the accountability helps a great deal. It doesn’t have to be every day, of course. I’m not sure I’d recommend that at all. The blogging part was challenging at times.

      Good luck with your goals.

      • tjfox says:

        I am pretty sure I’ll be blogging about it, but most likely in a weekly summary kind of format like I’m currently doing with the “better choices”. The forum I’m doing this in with friends will have a place for us to post on a daily basis, but there isn’t the same expectation of content like there is on a blog. In all, there will be accountability on a couple of different fronts. Thank you again for inspiring this!

  8. Martina says:

    Wow, a year really goes by fast! I like what you say about Mother nature teaching you things you cant put in words and how everyone should experience the outdoors even if just to enjoy it. I’m trying to do this with my kids, we drive to the park after school instead of home, making a good habit early for them. I enjoyed your journeys and sharing your discoveries!

  9. Love your collage, and the beautiful fall colors!
    And the new look of your blog! (I REALLY hope you just changed it and it hasn’t been like this for WEEKS and I just now noticed! LOL)

    • Robin says:

      lol, Michaela! I did just change it. You remind me of… me. I’m usually the last to notice when someone gets a new hair cut or color or something. You would think with all the photographs I take that I would pay attention to detail. Alas, I am mostly oblivious if I’m not framing it in the viewfinder.

      Thank you. 🙂

  10. Kel says:

    happy blog birthday
    and congrats an achieving your commitment of 365 outdoor days
    look forward to seeing what other areas your blog might wander into now

  11. milkayphoto says:

    Congratulations Robin! I enjoyed reading about your year. You’ve accomplished much – more than you thought, I imagine? It is amazing what we can discover about ourselves when we make the committment to never stop discovering. You’re an inspiration! 🙂

  12. TechieChef says:

    I love these pics… nice job
    Nice Post.

    Thanks for Sharing.
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  13. Robin, thank you for sharing your year of changing seasons at the bogs, your photos, thoughts, adventures, family, cooking; thank you for sharing yourself in such a warm and wonderful way, which I have come to know as being uniquely “Robin’s Way”.

    I was an avid follower of the bogs blog prior to your 365 day challenge, and will remain so as your committment comes to an end and you embark on yet another chapter of “Life in the Bogs”.

    Congratulations! Happy Blog Birthday! You really are an inspiration to me, as I know you are to many of your followers ~ your blog friends. 🙂

  14. I’ve enjoyed sharing in your walk each day since I came upon your blog. the beauty, the amazing eye you have for light and shadow, all of it has blessed my life. I’m wondering if you’ve thought of putting together a book of images and thoughts from this year.
    walk in beauty this day.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Joss. 🙂

      I am thinking of putting together a book on Blurb, just for myself. I have some other projects taking up a lot of time now, but hope to explore the Blurb project soon.

  15. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. The raindrops on the pond say it all. Once you start something, it may just go on and on, influencing events beyond. I for one hope you continue to visit with your Bogs and share it with us. Jane

    • Robin says:

      Hi Jane. And thank you. 🙂

      I do plan to keep taking my daily walks (or rides on the bicycle), and share. I’m not sure I’ll continue on a daily basis, but since I signed up for PostADay, I may try to finish out this calendar year.

  16. Kathy says:

    Oh, Robin, I am so proud of you–and so delighted–that you have fulfilled your 365 day outdoor commitment! Way to go, my friend. You have done it so well and given so much and created so much beauty with your photographs and words. This is no small thing. We are sisters through this experience. **a few tears** You are the best. The earth calls you her champion.

  17. Christine Grote says:

    Congratulations on reaching your goal.

  18. Bo Mackison says:

    Congratulations on a goal reached, well worth the effort. It has been a lovely journey through the seasons. And I so love that the trees sheltered you from the rain on your last official day — a gift to you from the natural world. The photos are beautiful with the rain and the golden lights.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bo. 🙂

      I loved that about the trees, too. Nature has given me so many gifts over this past year that I wonder what I’ll do with them all. I feel full to bursting.

  19. carlaat says:

    Congratulations, Robin! I’ve so enjoyed the last half of your year’s journey, when I finally found you. I look forward to seeing what comes next. Thanks for sharing so many beautiful photos and stories about your heavenly patch of the planet. Cheers!

  20. adrianduque89 says:

    Congratulations! Its a bummer I didn’t get to follow from the beginning.

  21. penpusherpen says:

    Oh definitely staying tuned Robin, and as you say, every day has something to give, something to teach us. It’s up to us to make the most of everything. I love the red leaves of Autumn, but at the same time being aware that it’s the dying leaves giving this colour, so a touch of sadness tinged with awe at Mother natures palette of glorious shades. Dark days, light days and in between days…thanks for sharing … have a great day my friend. xPenx.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you so much, LadyP. 🙂

      I know what you mean about the tinge of sadness. The dying foliage goes out in a blaze of glory, and will come back next year to bring us more beauty.

  22. Well even though I’ve not been here for the whole journey, it’s been one I’ve very much enjoyed, and I have certainly been mesmerised by the stunning shots that have accompanied your daily walks… May your next commitment be just as successful… 🙂

  23. Marianne says:

    Congratulations, Robin! That is such an accomplishment! I love the image of the tree as shelter from the rain. The collage is beautiful as well as all the other photos. Have a great weekend!

  24. Pat Bean says:

    Hopefully this isn’t the end. I’ve truly enjoyed my walks with you and the many faces of your pond.

  25. starbear says:

    Congratulations! Amazing is the perfect word… and good for you! Celebrating with you!

  26. Norm says:

    Congratulations Robin – I know when I come here that I’ll find eye-filling photos and thought provoking words. Always something to look forward to, any day, every day.

  27. ladyfi says:

    Congratulations on your awesome achievement! So many fabulous shots.

  28. Tammy says:

    What an amazing year and how lucky are we to have shared it or most of it with you. I really admire your commitment.

  29. Love all the shots in this post. It’s been a pleasure to share your year of blogging about the Bogs for a few months, Robin. Your photos are beautiful and your posts are inspiring. Your commitment is also inspiring, the way you set out to do something every day for a year. I wish I could make myself do that.
    I hope you’ll keep blogging, so see you on the next post!

  30. bearyweather says:

    Congratulations on reaching your commitment goal. Love the pictures. They are beautiful as usual … great way to finish the commitment with a blaze of fall colors. Can hardly wait to see what new commitment you come up with …

  31. Karma says:

    Well, I’m awfully late to the comment party for the last day of your outdoor/blog commitment. It was wonderful going along for the ride with you and seeing so much of your place. I really enjoyed seeing the changes throughout the year (and getting my weather forecasts, LOL). I’m also curious to see how your posts may or may not change. It was a great year – thanks for sharing it with us.

  32. Dana says:

    What an amazing year it has been! I only joined as a subscriber part way through your journey, but I always enjoyed your photos and your daily weather reports, too. Today’s post is so beautiful and encouraging– imagine how much we could all see and learn if we just made a commitment to go on a walk every day. Thanks for everything, Robin– I look forward to seeing how your blog evolves from here.

  33. […] have been inspired to attempt an year long challenge.  The lovely Robin from Life in the Bogs (I blame her!) just completed one of her own year long challenge of spending 30 minutes outside […]

  34. ElizOF says:

    These are spectacular pictures and I love the ones with the birds and fall foliage… Actually, they are all fantastic pictures. Great job Robin! 🙂

  35. nigel says:

    You have clearly created some fantastic images over the past year and hopefully you will keep going and create many more over the next blog year.

  36. Hallysann says:

    Huge Congratulations from someone who has the sticking power of a wet dishcloth. You must have an enormous feeling of achievement right now, enjoy every minute of it, you deserve it. 😀

  37. “Explore the same area on a regular basis.” So true, how much we learn in this way.

    I especially love your photos of the birds and changing light…


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