A morning walk

It’s been raining for three days and three nights now.  We broke the record for yearly rainfall sometime back in October.  The Bogs are saturated.  Nobody is building an ark yet, but it might happen soon.

Me in my Vibrams early this morning

Since I can’t seem to shake this flu, I decided to take it outside for an early morning walk after glancing outside and noticing that the rain had temporarily ceased.  It was jokingly suggested that I put on my waders.  I don’t have waders and still haven’t invested in a  pair of Muck boots.  It was highly likely I’d end up with wet feet so I did the sensible thing and wore my Vibrams.  I figured if I was going to be squishing about in the puddles, pools, and small ponds that have formed as a result of all the rain, I might as well go almost barefoot.

Locust trees on a gray day

I was surprised by how warm it felt.  After all, it’s almost December.  My feet were soaked as soon as I stepped off the driveway pavement.  The ground is beyond squishy.  It is liquifying and being carried downhill into the pond as mud.

View from the back of the pond this morning

Now that the trees are bare, you can see the neighbors’ McMansions off to the left in the above photo.  They are not as close as they appear, and during the months when there are leaves on the trees, you probably wouldn’t notice them at all.


I greeted the ducks who have settled in and on and around the pond.  They don’t seem to mind me as long as I walk slowly and don’t get too close.  A chickadee led the way towards the woods, hopping from branch to branch on the bushes that line the pond, ti-ti’ing along the way.  The kingfisher scolded me before he took off, flying to wherever he hides when I come by.  A crow cawed and a rooster crowed somewhere in the distance.  The pond rippled with fish swimming near the edges.

I’m glad I went out when I did.  A little while later the sky darkened even more, the wind started gusting, and the rain came pelting down at an angle.  It almost looked like snow at first.

Nestled in the arbor vitae tree

My feet and the lower portion of my legs were covered in mud by the time I finished my walk.  One of the great things about the Vibrams is that you can just rinse (or, in this case, hose) them off.  I’ve heard you can throw them in the washer, but I haven’t tried that yet.

I did not go down to the woods because the creek has expanded well beyond its banks, covering most of the lower area of the woods.

Misty woods

Normally you would not be able to see the creek in the view above.  It would be much farther back.

Zooming in on the creek

The sun has made a few brief appearances today, but never long enough for me to grab the camera to prove it.

Reaching for the sky

We might even get some snow tonight.  It won’t stick around or accumulate.  The ground is too warm and wet for that.  But it sounds as if it might be our first decent snowfall of the season.

Tree branch and reflection

I have a quick question for you WordPress folks:  How do you feel about reblogging?  Do you use it?  Have you had any of your posts reblogged?  (I’ll explain why in another post.)

Tree branch and reflection II

That’s it from me for today.  Thank you for dropping by and joining me on my morning walk.  Perhaps I’ll have some snow to show you tomorrow.  🙂

Down the drain. (The pond drain, which is working hard lately to keep the pond at a reasonable level.)

53 Comments on “A morning walk”

  1. I’m sorry you still aren’t 100%… hopefully you are getting enough rest! I have actually had one post re-blogged, and I was fine with it. To me, it’s kind of like clicking on the “share” button on Facebook – someone liked what I had posted, and wanted to share it. Kind of an honor! I made sure that I had credit for the post on her blog, and I did – so it was fine!

    That last shot is very intriguing – I love it!!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Holly! 🙂

      I appreciate your input. I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about reblogging. I find it kind of an honor in some cases.

  2. tedgriffith says:

    Thanks for taking us on a walk, especially with the flu! That leaf shot is terrific! I hope that you are back to 100% soon. 🙂

  3. Love that ‘Reaching for the Sky’ tree – it has energy…
    Maybe it would share with you? 😉
    Number One Son is holding down the fort at home…he says it has been in the 60’s since we left…too strange.

  4. Denise says:

    It’s a bit squishy over here right now but these photos are definitely cheering me up.

  5. sweetopiagirl says:

    Reblogged this on inspiredweightloss.

  6. Brrrr, my poor cold feet got even colder, reading your post.
    I love, love, LOVE photo #7! ♥

    I haven’t used the reblog feature, or had one of my posts reblogged (as far as I know!)

  7. We’ve got our ark built and set to sail. We may float away any hour now. Have you ever seen so much rain?

    • Robin says:

      lol, Kathy! Hopefully you won’t need to set sail anytime soon. Looks like things will be drying out for a few days. Icing over a little, too.

      This is the rainiest year I can remember. Pretty amazing how much of that wet stuff has fallen from the sky.

  8. The photo…nestled in the arbor vitae tree…it’s beautiful…a very special combination of lines and colors… such a nice richness to it…. : )

  9. I bet you’re glad you got some fresh air, huh? Hope you’re up and around tomorrow. I like those two gray-day photos–they create a mood and the branches make a lacy pattern against the sky.

  10. ceciliag says:

    These are fantastic photos, i really really like them and i am more than a little intrigued by your strange footwear! c

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Cecilia. 🙂

      The Vibrams (strange footwear) are very comfortable, but they do take some getting used to. They work the muscles in the hips, legs, and feet a little differently than regular shoes. I ended up pretty sore the first week or two that I wore them. I have two pair, one of which is a Vibrams KSO (Keeps Stuff out). That pair are leather, warmer, and cover more of the foot.

  11. That reaching for the sky pic looks like a woman with arms outstretched. i love it.

  12. Kel says:

    cool little feet covers those ones
    i have gumboots and blundstone boots, which I hardly ever wear, but I wear my Slogger garden clogs all the time

    love the leaf in conifer photo
    quite christmassy

  13. TBM says:

    Wonderful photos! I hope you can kick this flu soon.

  14. The photos plus your narrative took me on the journey with you – simply beautiful!

  15. mimo khair says:

    beautiful autumn feeling. I love the images, and the last one is intriguing!

  16. afrankangle says:

    Being that we are in the same state but opposite corners, Cincinnati also broke the yearly precipitation record in early October, AND, this is also the wettest November on record! Woo hoo!!!

    The first reflecting branches pic caused a double take,

    In terms of reblogging … I haven’t nor have I been (well, to the best of my knowledge) … and wonder how it’s done.

    I hope you keep getting better.

  17. Pat Bean says:

    The golden pond beyond the trees is magical. Thanks for sharing.

  18. milkayphoto says:

    So sorry your illness is taking its sweet time leaving! I can’t believe you felt up for a walk – I hope the fresh air did you some good? The leaf in the evergreen is a wonderful image as is that pond drain (looks like a miniature waterfall).

    Now go get some rest! 🙂

  19. CMSmith says:

    We’ve been getting non-stop rain here too. Then last night Mark called to me to come quickly when he let Arthur out. There was a fine dusting of snow clothing the plants in the front landscaping. Not being particularly alert or energetic, I neglected to get a photograph. Darn.

  20. ladyfi says:

    Wow – all of your photos are amazingly gorgeous!

    Hope you get over the flu soon!

  21. wherewander says:

    I´m glad you got out and took those beautiful photos.
    Take care! get better soon!

  22. Anna says:

    Great photos and neat footwear. I really had to look at the down the drain photo for a moment. Oh yeah, I used to have a Tumblr writing blog and reblogging was the thing. I liked it. WordPress has reblogging now? I didn’t know that.

  23. Between your photos and prose, I always feel like I am right besides you as you walk…soggy feet and all. 🙂

  24. Love the brown leaf inside the green tree. Beautiful shots!

  25. Dana says:

    I feel so behind the times. Reblogging? Do you get notified if one of your posts is reblogged by somebody else? Do you notify a person if you want to reblog their posts? I’m confused! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      That’s okay, Dana. I’m confused by it as well.

      There is a button somewhere that you can click to reblog other posts on WordPress. I don’t quite understand some of the use of it (as in those blogs that don’t post any original content — they are all reblogged posts). It makes sense to me when used because the blogger doing the reblogging found a post they really want to share, although I tend to use links rather than reblog.

      You are notified once the person reblogs your post. But there is no courtesy of being asked first.

  26. ElizOF says:

    I do hope you feel better… I can relate as that pneumonia seems to have left me with frequent colds… Greta photos and those shoes are something else. I must admit I find them a tad scary. 😆

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