Fall distractions

This week’s photo challenge is Fall.  We’re still a few weeks away from peak color here in the Bogs, but there are plenty of changes (and colors) to be found.

It’s cloudy.  There were a few glimpses of sun early, then the clouds dominated the sky.  A fairly big storm system is making its way through here today, tomorrow, and maybe the day after that.  It’s one of those big lows that like to sit and spin around the Great Lakes.

I went out for my walk early in order to beat the rain.  It was easy to find examples of fall.  Leaves changing color, and raining down from the trees when a good gust of wind comes along and sets them free.  Goldenrod and asters blooming in the meadows.  Canada geese honking overhead.  Mushrooms sprouting up under the trees and on the lawn.  Other fungi marching in lines across the spines of decaying logs.  The green of the algae that grows in the pond this time of year.  The scent of wood smoke and rotting vegetation.  All of these things and more are part of autumn in the Bogs.

This morning's view of the pond.

Today 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 year-long commitment to practice yoga daily was a little lackluster.

Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).

~ James Baraz

I did twenty minutes of practice with a Rodney Yee DVD (A.M. Yoga for Your Week).  I’ll probably stick with that DVD for at least this week as it will help me ease back in to a regular practice.

There were a lot of distractions over such a short period of time.  The phone rang.  Twice.  The cats decided to fight, hissing and chasing each other around the house until they ended up a few feet away from me, a big bundle of fur and hisses and claws rolling past.  I ignored the phone.  I broke up the cat fight. I felt annoyed.  Irritated.  This was not going well.

I fly buzzed and whined around my head while I was in Savasana, trying to relax and be present.  The fly landed on the right side of my face.  I shooed it away.  I gave up being annoyed and irritated, and had a good laugh.  This was not how I pictured my first day of my new and “serious” commitments to improve my health and well-being.  The joke was on me, the distractions a way of telling me to lighten up and stop taking it so seriously.

The laughter was better than the yoga.  The laughter was the yoga.

I struggled with my morning pages, unable to come up with three pages worth of chatter.  I was distracted by the little birds — goldfinches and bluebirds — feeding on the sunflowers, flying around between the flowers and the spruce trees nearby.  A dog barked.  A rooster crowed.  I stared out the window, watching the birds and enjoying the feel of the morning breeze coming in through the open patio doors.  I heard gunshots.  We must be near (or already in) fall hunting season, and someone is getting in their target practice early, perhaps before heading off to work for the day.

I gave up on words and started trying to sketch the birds, the sunflowers, and the spruce trees.  I’ll have to remember to put some pencils near the moleskine I am using for my morning pages.  Sometimes I just don’t have words, and pictures will have to do.

There was a brief period of time while out on my walk that I didn’t feel distracted.  Out in the woods with the trees and the wind, I was awake and aware.

All in all, not a bad way to start the new commitments.  🙂


40 Comments on “Fall distractions”

  1. ceceliafutch says:

    The photos were brilliant, beautiful, calming. And I am very interested in your year commitment. I may consider something like that, too. And the morning pages. I tried that years ago and kept up with it for a awhile, but they went by the wayside. It might be interesting to see what happens if I pick it up again. A very interesting post.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Cecelia. 🙂

      I was inspired by another blogger to go outside daily for a year. I’ll be happy to pass that torch along to you. It’s a wonderful experience.

  2. adrianduque89 says:

    nice photos!

  3. Absolutely beautiful photos! This is my favorite season, and you’ve given it a proper welcome with this post!

  4. Photos like these are the reason why fall is one of my favorite seasons ♥
    Those little daisies in the last photo look like the ones Sara and I picked yesterday…. after we got them home and put them in a little vase, the petals turned a light purple! Isn’t that odd?
    I’ll have to take a picture before they wilt.

    • Robin says:

      That’s interesting, Michaela. I don’t think I’ve ever seen daisies do that. Or asters. I’m not sure what they are, to be honest. But we have tons of them this time of year. 🙂

      • I’m not sure what they are either, I just call them daisies because they kind of look like the little daisies that grow in Germany. I took some pictures of the ones that Sara and I picked the other day, but they’re still on the memory card. Not sure if you can see the purple because it’s really faint.

  5. ElizOF says:

    I’m loving all the red and orangny yellow leaves; they are so vibrant… 🙂
    Finally catching up again… where did the time go? Phew! 🙂

  6. The changing leaves are one of my favorite parts of fall, so I enjoyed these photos immensely.

    A word or two about the morning pages. I often have students in my writing classes “free write” for a period of time that would lead to more than 3 pages of writing. One of the only ways to get through such an excercise is write through your blocks, either those times when you feel you have nothing to say or nothing worth saying. I often advise them to then write about how silly the exercise feels, how foolish they feel trying to do it, or even “blah, blah, blah” if nothing else. Blocks have to written through. Often if you keep your hand moving, your brain will eventually unlock. Even if you finish out the pages writing the word “stupid” 100 times, it’s better than stopping. Try to push through, if at all possible.

  7. So, write about the twittering outside the window – or is that not part of the assignment?
    Had to laugh at your description of Morning Yoga and the cat fight. Isn’t that always the way? Even if no one is left in the house to yell, “MOM!” at the wrong moment, SOMETHING will happen…
    Better luck tomorrow!

    • Robin says:

      Oh, I did write about the birds, the trees, and everything else I could think of, Marie. Then it came down to blah, blah, blah. lol!

      Thank you. 🙂

  8. adrianduque89 says:

    wow, i really like the first one!

  9. lynnekovan says:

    Lovely colours. The autumn is such a wonderful time of year. The smells of the woods are very evocative aren’t they? Nice post!

  10. Hallysann says:

    Hiya, stopped by for a little catching up and was really surprised how much I liked the autumn coloured leaves. Usually I shun autumn in fear of winter but I must get out there and look for some pretty leaves myself this year.
    Lovely photos, thanks.:-)

  11. ladyfi says:

    Your leaf photos are amazing. Just spectacular!

  12. some electrifying colors! going to try that Savasana pose one day.

  13. tedgriffith says:

    I understand completely. Being ADD, distractions are a way of life for me. I often speak in images rather than words because they express the feelings and emotions that I usually can’t (or won’t) articulate. Love the pictures today! 🙂

  14. hugmamma says:

    fragile figures of fall…fabulous! 🙂

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  16. Bo Mackison says:

    Yes, the laughter was the yoga. Nice.

  17. Love these! I wish we had a wider variety of colors here during autumn, but at least spring’s very colorful, and then there are beautiful shots like these!

  18. carlaat says:

    Outside is my best place for not being distracted too. Beautiful photos!

  19. Ronja says:

    Oh I loooove this post….

  20. Dana says:

    Way to catch yourself being too serious about your new yoga commitment– one of my downfalls seems to be a decided inability to take myself/life/everything less seriously. I’m working on it, though…. or should I say “playing” at it. 🙂


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