Stormy weatherPosted: March 1, 2012 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Adventures in Life, Air, cats, Critters, Earth, goals, hiking, home, Letting Go, nature, Photography, Spirit, Spring, travel, weather, winter | Tags: Hiking, nature, Outdoors, Pennsylvania, Photography, Reeds Gap State Park, winter, woods 23 Comments
March has decided to come in like a lion this year. Shortly after I posted yesterday I stepped outside to find summer-like warmth and humidity had taken over. The birds were chattering. Insects were buzzing. Clouds skimmed briskly across the skyscape. A tornado watch was issued. It was the clash of the seasons. Spring had bullied its way in and Winter was trying to make a comeback.
We sat outside for a while enjoying the suddenly warm day, grilling some veggie burgers for dinner before the winds really started to gust.
Overnight the wind roared and howled, rattling the house and shaking loose more shingles. M had just replaced the shingles that were blown off over the weekend. The wind has not been kind to our roof lately.
Today it is quiet and cold. The birds are hunkered down. The insects went back to wherever they’ve been hiding out. The weather roller coaster ride isn’t over. It will be warm again tomorrow, just ahead of another cold front which might bring us snow this weekend. Spring and Winter, battling it out.
Let’s go back to Reeds Gap State Park on Sunday, when the weather was chilly but calm, and the setting sun created such wonderful light in the woods.
I sure took a lot of photos for such a short hike. This might be a sign that it’s time for me to slow down, stop taking so many pictures, and start enjoying the outdoors without viewing it through the lens of the camera all the time.
I might have to start small by taking a walk around the pond without the camera and build up to bigger hikes. I find it difficult to leave the camera behind, as if something great will come along and I’ll miss it.
I won’t miss anything. In fact, I will probably see more and enjoy more.
I have this incredible sense of deja vu at the moment, as if I’ve written this blog post many times in the past. I bet I have. Every now and then I overdo it with the photographs and feel as though I need to step back.
There are worse addictions than photography to have, that’s for sure. But it is a good idea to seek balance, to not have or do too much, to be satisfied with enough.
Most of our energy goes into upholding our importance. If we were capable of losing some of that importance, two extraordinary things would happen to us. One, we would free our energy from trying to maintain the illusory idea of our grandeur; and two, we would provide ourselves with enough energy to catch a glimpse of the actual grandeur of the universe.
~ Carlos Castaneda
Thanks for joining me here in the Bogs today. After a mostly cloudy day, the sun has finally come out and it’s a good time for a walk. Let’s take a stroll around the pond without the camera, and simply and thoroughly enjoy nature.
great post, youve caught the turning of the season perfectly, I understand what you mean about taking so many photo’s I usaully take upwards of 300 photo’s in an 8 hour day. Its only when i get home i enjoy the walk 🙂
The weather really has been weird, hasn’t it–the wind incredible? I totally love the photo of chair on the deck–something about the stillness–the empty chair–so quiet. I also love seeing the kitties in the other photo.
“Spring and Winter are battling it out” – perfect description of what is happening in my neck of the woods as well! Here, on the coast, they are saying that March is coming in like a “lion cub”. It is snowing here off and on but very little accumulation since the ground is so very warm. I’m sure the plow guys are not happy!
I have that battle of the camera going on in my head all the time – sometimes I just want to go for a walk and not lug the camera along, but then I think to myself, what if I see something really cool??? I’ll regret not being able to share it on the blog.
It feels funny today for me to be reading about warm weather on your blog today; it always seem like your blog can be a forecast for me, but it has actually been snowing here since yesterday (but only a few sticking inches)
Love the picture of the kitties with the chair on the deck. I can’t wait until it is deck-sitting weather once again.
I have thought the same thing… my camera was going everywhere with me! Now I leave it at home and try to go specifically out for photo shoots, instead of always stopping for a photo. Haven’t missed too much yet! Having said that, I really enjoy the fruits of your labor!!
Oh no!! I hate tornado watches…. hate the warnings even more!!
Love the beautiful golden light in these 🙂
light from fairy tales 😉
I really appreciate all the photos you take. Without them I might never see Reeds Gap State Park. Keep that camera with you…Thanks!
Once, a friend of mine went to Egypt and visited the pyramids. When inside, the guide warned her and the rest of the group that pictures were not allowed. Or course she was disappointed. Imagine what it does to a photo-grapher/addict/lover to leave a “treasure” -of whatever kind- unphotographed.
She told me that the guide, seeing the sadness in her eyes, said somethink like “take the pictures with your eyes and develop them in your heart. They`ll last forever”.
This was many many years ago and I still remember what an egypcian guide, who I never saw in my life, said. Specially when I regret not having my camera at one particular moment. Those words give me comfort somehow because many many times I think that by seeing things through my lens I don`t have enough time to enjoy them in real time.
Go enjoy your walk!
I know what you mean. I like to take my camera everywhere…so I don’t miss one of those ‘just in case’ moments. The rule of thumb I’ve sort of made for myself is this…I can and will leave it at home (or at least in the car) if I’m with someone else or the dogs. That way I don’t impact on anyone else’s enjoyment, having to wait on me. I have to admit though, I look at everything as a photo now.
Great photos, as always!
My camera has made me look at things differently, I can see beauty where I used to see only the beast. I’m not ready to leave it behind yet, my eyes are still in training. 🙂
Meine Kamera geht auch fast überall mit aber im Moment gibs einfach noch nichts zu fotografieren ausser schönen Blumen,es kommt alles noch.Wünsche ein wunderschönes Wochenende und liebe Grüsse von mir Gislinde.
Cincinnati expects a stormy Friday, cool stones, and whatever giselzitrone said.
Oh my .. insects buzzing? We are in two separate worlds this winter … the only thing flying around here are snowflakes and birds looking for seeds. Winter finally arrived and there is more than a foot of snow on the ground … heavy wet snow that is pretty but, I hope, very short lived. Thanks for showing me and reminding me what Spring will look like when it gets here in a month or so. (I guess right now, the snow is more pleasant to me than humidity … )
Hi Robin. I love stonework, so I particularly like the photos of the stone ‘wall’. I can’t believe it held water! Jane
Oops! That’s what I get for reading posts out of order, I guess. You obviously *also* know of the “in like a lamb, out like a lion” phrase. 🙂
The quote near the end of this post is quite profound. Sometimes, we don’t even have to invest energy into our own importance– it can be the opposite, too: convincing ourselves of our wholly insignificance, but trying too hard at that. Either way distracts us from the grandeur of our surroundings.
Thanks for sharing those pictures. DON”T stop taking them, and no there are not too many.
You’ve got a good point about putting the camera down. Sometimes I am so intent on capturing moments that I actually miss the moment.
You captured some pretty nice bug photos here, Robin. With the light coming through the trees, I can only imagine how peaceful it must’ve been sitting there as the sun set.
A big, big thank you to everyone for all your visits, your likes, and your comments. I really appreciate it. 🙂
Gorgeous! I’ll be back to view the rest Robin! 🙂
Thanks, Elizabeth. 🙂