A leaf on the pond

How quick and rushing life can sometimes seem, when at the same time it’s so slow and sweet and everlasting.

~ Graham Swift

After yesterday’s wonderful workout and trip to the creek, I took my time walking back up to the house for lunch.  As I was walking along the pond, a leaf drifted past me and landed on the surface of the pond.

It seemed like I stood there for the longest time, watching and photographing the leaf, while time did its little trick of slowing and then speeding up.  I don’t suppose it was a very long time at all even if I did momentarily experience universe time.

I’m not sure what universe time is other than to say it encompasses the second it takes a leaf to land on the pond while stretching across the space of many millennia.  It makes you feel small and big at the same time.

Light changes, the leaf twirls with the wind and waves of the water, the sun moves in and out of the clouds.  Life goes on and on and on like one of those scenes in a movie where the character stands still and everything fast forwards behind him or her as you watch this single leaf floating on the surface of the pond.

For a second, maybe for an eternity, you become the leaf floating on the pond.  Light, in the light, just floating and moving with the flow of life, the universe, and everything.  (As always, thank you to Douglas Adams for that phrase that I’m sure I use all too often, and appreciate all the more for using it so much.)

Life on earth is a whole, yet it expresses itself in unique time-bound bodies, microscopic or visible, plant or animal, extinct or living.  So there can be no one place to be.  There can be no one way to be, no one way to practice, no one way to learn, no one way to love, no one way to grow or to heal, no one way to live, no one way to feel, no one thing to know or be known.

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

And after the stretched out time with the maple leaf floating on the pond, I made another discovery of life…

Coming up out of the ground, bringing color into the light of winter, the crocuses have decided this is their time.  We all have a time.  Sometimes we move into it too soon and winter comes back to let us know we were early.  Sometimes we get it just right.  A blogmate, someone I think of as a good friend even though we haven’t met outside of cyberspace, has decided this is the time to close her blog.  I admire her courage in stepping away and moving on with her life, something I ponder as I struggle with the time-balancing act between blogging and life.  Thank you, Kel, for sharing with us the building of your island retreat, your Art Attacks, your beautiful blessings, and your wonderfully creative blog.  I’ll miss you in this aspect of life online, but hope to see you in other cyperspace venues.  May your creativity and love of life continue to expand as you move on to bigger and better things.  Can’t wait to see what you do next.

We live in this mysterious world as if we understand it and so wonder becomes lost.  We live as if we know more than we don’t know and that isn’t true.  Each moment of our lives we stand at a crossroads:  we can reduce the profound to the mundane or we can intuit the continuous and vital mystery through which we move.

~ G. Bluestone

Thank you so much for sharing your time with me here in the Bogs on this lovely Sunday.  M and I spent a good part of the day hiking.  I’ll tell you all about that tomorrow.

40 Comments on “A leaf on the pond”

  1. Dana says:

    Crocuses! We have a lot of those here on the island, and I get excited every time I see them. I like these light purple ones and also the ones that are marbled white and deep violet. Spring must be around the corner, no? 🙂

    I am loving the phrase “Art Attacks”. I am obviously late to the game on this one, but I’ll have to go check out Kel’s blog and see what those Art Attacks are all about. Thanks!

  2. Beautiful post! Your photos are just gorgeous. Stop by and say hi 🙂

  3. nigel says:

    Those crocuses are beautiful… I see mine are just starting to bloom 🙂

  4. Thank you, Robin, for sharing your delightful moment of transcendence so simply and eloquently with us. I like the expression in the quote, too – “unique time-bound bodies…”

  5. Kathy says:

    a beautiful leaf on the pond, dear robin…

  6. Pat Bean says:

    Photos for the soul, words for the mind. Thanks for sharing the perfect mating.

  7. Our crocuses are blooming, too. Weird, weird weather! Happy Sunday evening to you!

  8. jeanne says:

    Someone I respect shared this with me once…Sometimes you have to say no to the good things (or goodbye) so you can say yes to a great thing! enJOY your day..

  9. Sallyann says:

    After a dreamy few minutes thinking of the leaf falling to the water and the water gently giving way to support it, I was awakened by the surprise of the brilliant purple crocuses.
    Wonderful post, thanks. 🙂

  10. The leaf floating pictures are beautiful!
    And crocusses!!! You have more signs of spring than we do!!

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    While most have take the profound and turn it into the mundane, you take the mundane and remind of us that it is profound.

  12. Marianne says:

    Beautiful floating leaf and beautiful vibrant crocuses!

  13. Karma says:

    I just love that very first photograph – they are all lovely but the first one has something really special about it. The little starbursts of light around the edge of the leaf are lovely. And I can’t believe the crocuses! Wow! I suspect if I looked around my yard, I may see various shoots that have been tricked into coming up too early and I only hope they will survive if they did pop up.

  14. Gerry says:

    Surface tension is a beautiful thing. I was trying to look at it from the leaf’s point of view and then realized that the leaf was past having a point of view. Assuming it ever did. Which I more or less do. The water, now, that silky, mysterious water, has never struck me as having a point of view. Watching the leaf turn, turn, in its water nest made a very good ten-minute meditation.

  15. ladyfi says:

    The light is enchanting in these shots! And you have spring… how wonderful.

  16. milkayphoto says:

    The first leaf photo is the winner of the bunch. The position of the leaf, with one edge curled in, the opposite edge stretched out, the slight visual of the stem beneath the water…it almost has a human quality about it. Floating on its back, enjoying both the sunshine and the tranquility of the moment.

  17. Robin, this is a wonderful post…thank you…life wisdom through the floating leaf and the emerging crocus….interesting how an image, even on it’s own, even without words, can awaken inner wisdom..but your words provide a gentle and lovely guide into that wisdom….thank you…

  18. Chloe says:

    those leaf photos are so crisp & in focus, my eyes couldnt help but be mesmorised

  19. What a beautiful and thoughtful post, Robin – I love the idea of “universe time.” The leaf photos are beautiful.

  20. Libby says:

    I love the subtle differences between these photos of the leaf on the pond. So nice to see the crocuses too, ours are just beginning to come through.

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