AccoladesPosted: October 5, 2011 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Adventures in Life, Air, Autumn, Blog awards, Critters, Earth, fall, Fire, goals, home, nature, Photography, pond, Spirit, Thanks!, Walking, wandering, water, weather, yoga | Tags: autumn leaves, awards, dew, fall foliage, morning, nature, Photography, postaday2011 38 Comments
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.
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?
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.
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).
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).
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. 🙂
Congratulations, Robin! The award is well deserved. If the images you have shown are any indication, I would agree that today was remarkable!
Thanks, Ted. 🙂
Wow,so many gorgeous photos. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
Thank you, Katie. 🙂
Sunlit drips with beautiful bokeh – plus red leaves and a blue bird – what lovely treats to share with all of us!
Glad you enjoyed them, Carla. Thank you. 🙂
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).
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. 😀
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!
Thank you, Susan. 🙂
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.
Thank you, Teresita. 🙂
Wonderful photography, Robin! A visit to Life In The Bogs is a feast for the eyes 🙂
Thanks, Tracy. 🙂
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.)
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.
Wow – such exquisite beauty in all your shots. How do you do it? The light on the bird is magnificent – a stunning shot!
Thank you, LadyFi. 🙂
So many gorgeous photos. I don’t know how you do it Robin.
Thanks, Kala. 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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. 🙂
such a twinkling droplet of moisture
That’s what attracted my eye, Sherri. 🙂
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?
Thank you, Karma. 🙂
I am the same way. I find other people much more fascinating than I think I am.
all of these are beautiful but i adore the bokeh in the first photo
Thanks, Chloe. 🙂
All photos are stunning but I particularly like the sugar maple tree one. It’s lovely. And you richly deserve that award.
Thank you, Judith. 🙂
Lovely captures, Robin! The atmosphere and the bokeh are stunning!
Thanks, Belen. 🙂
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! 😦 🙂
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.
I don’t know what kind of bird that is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before.
I think it’s a bluebird putting on his winter plumage, Christine, but I’m not sure.