We have been gifted with a gorgeous autumn day.  If there were awards for the top 10 days of the year, I think this day deserves one.  At the very least, an honorable mention.

Hazy early morning sunlight in the maple

I took my walk early this morning.  I stayed out for over two hours, not noticing the time at all as I was pulled from one beautiful sight to another.  It felt as though time stood still, until I glanced at the clock on my cell phone and saw that time did what time usually does.  It flew right by.

It was a misty morning.  Everything was dripping and sparkling with dew.

I have recently been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by some of my lovely blogmates.  A big thank you to Marie from My Little Corner of Rhode Island, Adele at Artistry by Adele, and Judith at I Choose How I Will Spend the Rest of My Life for bestowing this honor upon me.

There are always rules for this sort of thing, and I always break the rules.  I thought I’d give half the rules a try this time around.  Just for something different.

I am supposed to tell you 7 little-known facts about me.  The trouble is, I’m not sure there are 7 little-known facts about me (that I would be willing to share).  How about 7 mostly-known facts about me that might not be known by those who are new to my blog?

Today's view of the pond.

1.  I cannot answer the burning question:  Beach or mountains?  I like them both so much that I’d have to find a way to have both if I were suddenly gifted with the choice (and the money to follow up on that choice).  I love long walks on the beach and long hikes in the mountains.

Reflections on a Wednesday

2.  This is already starting to sound like a write-up for the personals so I should point out that I am not looking for a date or a soul-mate as I already have a soul-mate and we still like to go on dates with each other even after 35 years of marriage.  I think that qualifies as telling you another fact about me.  Number 2 it is.

3.  I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, but I like all kinds of books.  Of the books I’ve read this year, my favorites (so far) are Notes from a Small Island (Bill Bryson is always good for a fun read), The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health (very informative in a life changing way), and Never Let Me Go (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Vintage International) (hard to describe; you’ll have to read it for yourself).

A little sugar. (Sugar maple tree leaves)

4.  Synchronicity has been playing a big role in my life lately.  Things I’ve been writing about in my morning pages are becoming a reality in some very good ways.

5.  I have lost 6 lbs. since starting my yoga and food commitments.  Today is day 10 of those commitments.  The weight loss is a most enjoyable side-effect.


6.  I did not swim in the pond this summer.  It is the first summer since we bought the place that I haven’t gone for at least one swim.  To be honest, I don’t really like swimming in the pond.  It’s murky and I know what lurks beneath those murky waters.  The swim platform has made it possible to go for a swim without wading through the muckiness of the shallow water, but I wasn’t sure about climbing the ladder when I finished swimming.

7.  I worry too much about the silliest things.  Next year I will swim in the pond.  I bet it will be fun.


I am now supposed to give the award to 15 other bloggers, presumably 15 that I follow.  This is where I break the rules.  It has taken me so long to acknowledge and say thank you for my own award that I am fairly certain everyone I follow has gotten this or another award.  If you haven’t, consider yourself awarded.  Here you go:

Don’t forget to take your award with you when you leave.  🙂

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  I’ll leave you with a photo of a bird that stopped by while I was sitting under the purple maple tree this morning.  I’m not sure what kind of bird he is, but I think he may be a bluebird (as his beak doesn’t look like that of an Indigo Bunting).

Bluebird? Or not?

Thanks for dropping by and joining me on my daily walk around the pond.  I know there are some birders out there who visit occasionally.  If you could identify this bird for me, I’d very much appreciate it.  🙂

38 Comments on “Accolades”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    Congratulations, Robin! The award is well deserved. If the images you have shown are any indication, I would agree that today was remarkable!

  2. Wow,so many gorgeous photos. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  3. carlaat says:

    Sunlit drips with beautiful bokeh – plus red leaves and a blue bird – what lovely treats to share with all of us!

  4. This is a great idea, Robin, accepting three nominaitons in the same post! That way you don’t have to keep repeating yourself. Congrats on the award (s).

    • Robin says:

      Well, to be honest, it wasn’t a smart idea so much as me getting behind and having to combine them all in one post. But you’re right. It works. 😀

      Thanks, Kathy.

  5. comingeast says:

    Your pictures take my breath away, as usual. Loved how you inserted your seven things between your gorgeous pictures. That picture entitled “Reflections on a Wednesday” is amazing!

  6. That first photo with the purplish background–stunning! And the sugar maple–what a nice contrast with maroon and yellow, great contrast. Congrats on the award. You certainly deserve it.

  7. Wonderful photography, Robin! A visit to Life In The Bogs is a feast for the eyes 🙂

  8. ceceliafutch says:

    The photographs were all magnificent. I couldn’t pick out a favorite. Congrats on the award. (I’ll be interested in seeing how you photograph in the winter.)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Cecelia. 🙂

      I photographed a great deal of winter last year. I was going to add that I’m not sure I’ll do so as much this time around, but I probably will. I do enjoy the snow, the ice, the frost, etc. The winter can be incredibly beautiful around here.

  9. ladyfi says:

    Wow – such exquisite beauty in all your shots. How do you do it? The light on the bird is magnificent – a stunning shot!

  10. Kala says:

    So many gorgeous photos. I don’t know how you do it Robin.

  11. Nice facts…some I knew, some were new to me!
    On the award – John at the Bartolini Kitchens says we’re in danger of turning into an infinite loop, because we’ve all had it multiple times now… 😉
    Lovely photos, as always!

    • Robin says:

      Hmmm… I tried to leave a reply yesterday and I see it didn’t work so let’s try again.

      Thank you, Marie. 🙂

      I think I originally replied that this award has been going around for a few years so if it does turn into a loop, it will be a BIG loop.

  12. So nice to read a few facts about you (I wouldn’t swim in the pond either, too much growing in there. I prefer the pool or the (sandy) ocean, but really, I prefer not to swim at all)
    Congrats on your weight loss!! 🙂
    Your pictures are beautiful – as always. The lighting, colors and dewdrop bokeh in the second photo from the bottom couldn’t be more perfect.

    • Robin says:

      lol, Marie! We might not notice the infinite loop when it happens. This award has been going round for at least five years now. It’s a BIG loop.

      Thank you. 🙂

  13. sherri says:

    such a twinkling droplet of moisture

  14. Karma says:

    Your shiny water drop shots are gorgeous. I love learning about bloggers! I always worry that I’d be boring people if I talk about myself, but then I go to other blogs and am not bored at all. A little strange on my part, isn’t it?

  15. Chloe [Photographer] says:

    all of these are beautiful but i adore the bokeh in the first photo

  16. Judith says:

    All photos are stunning but I particularly like the sugar maple tree one. It’s lovely. And you richly deserve that award.

  17. Lovely captures, Robin! The atmosphere and the bokeh are stunning!

  18. ElizOF says:

    Congratulations on your award! As always, you have an amazing collection of photos; that bird makes me want to sing… and The China Study caught my attention. TY for keeping us engaged and blessed with endless color and scenes from nature…. 🙂
    I’m still catching up on blog comments… TY! 😦 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth. 🙂

      I’m so far behind on comments lately that I think I’m going to have to give up and start where I am. I don’t think it’s even possible to catch up anymore. :\

  19. Christine Grote says:

    I don’t know what kind of bird that is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before.

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