I took a walk around the pond this morning.  The weather was beautiful at the time.  The early clouds had been blown away by the gentle breeze and the sunlight made it feel relatively warm for a 40 degree morning.  Clouds have since regathered and rain is expected this evening.  Rain is good.  The earth in this area needs it.

Crab apple blossoms

The only down side to my meanderings was the noise of the neighbors mowing their lawns.  Even that wasn’t too terribly bad as the noise just faded into the background while I listened to the breeze, the birds, and the lapping of the water on the shore of the pond.

Spring continues to paint the trees at the back of the pond.

From a distance, the water of the pond appeared blue, reflecting the azure sky overhead.  Up close, the sunlight created golden ripples.

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.  It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his nature.

~ Henry David Thoreau

At 1.5 acres, our pond is not quite a lake, but almost.

"Painted" version of the ripples and sunlight on the pond. Effects added in Photoshop.

The recent chilly weather doesn’t seem to have hurt too many of the plants.  Most of the trees look fine, although we have one or two that look as if the leaves were burned by the frosty mornings.

This poor tulip didn't do well in the cold.

Most of the daffodils are finished.  There are some in the woods that are still flourishing, but the early bloomers are just about ready to be dead-headed.  All but the one tulip pictured above seem to be doing well, and some should be opening soon.

A veil of willow branches

The fast and furious spring has been slowed down.  I like this slower pace better.  While the accelerated growth was interesting, it was also a wee bit worrisome, as if spring might burn itself out if it kept going at that rate.

The warmer weather also brought an early invasion.  An army of ants streamed into our kitchen.  This happens every year, usually in the summer.

If I could, I’d convince them to move back outside.  Since that seems unlikely, we’ve had to resort to ant bait/killer.  I don’t feel good about killing the ants, especially since I’ve recently been reading about ahimsa (a term meaning to do no harm or avoidance of violence), but I’d feel worse having ants crawling all over my kitchen, walking around in our food.

Well, that’s it for today’s walk around the pond.  Thank you for stopping by and joining me.  Happy Friday!  I hope your weekend is filled with wonder and joy.

Dogwood glow

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35 Comments on “Peregrination”

  1. Joanne says:

    The first photo (which I see you have framed!) is so pristine and beautiful.

    Isn’t it great to watch the buds forming on plants and to watch them, a few days later, as they burst into flower? We have the same happening here just now, with our ‘cooler weather’ flowers, although I haven’t had much chance to wander around the garden lately due to the constant rain we’ve been having. The sun is trying its hardest to shine through today, so I will hopefully have the opportunity to peregrinate my own garden!

    Thank you for sharing yours Robin. 🙂

  2. Sallyann says:

    The pond looks beautiful today especially the golden ripples. 🙂

  3. I almost think it looks greener there than it does here in Kentucky, which kind of amazes me. Aren’t you in northern Ohio? We’re in central Kentucky. Weird spring, isn’t it?
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy.

      Yep. I’m in northern Ohio. We should be weeks behind you, but it has been, as you mentioned, a weird spring. Things are slowing down now so Kentucky should be able to catch up with us. 😀

  4. what a beautiful planet we live on and it is enriched by souls such as yours – able to capture its sights for us. Namaste.

  5. Dana says:

    I’m also happy to hear that spring has slowed down a bit. It just gives you more time to appreciate everything budding, blossoming, and otherwise unfolding!

    I’ve been having issues with my commenters as well. I don’t even know how to contact WP about it– the help screen I can find makes it sound like you need to have a paid account to get any support (which I don’t have). Any suggestions?

    • Robin says:

      Me too, Dana. I couldn’t keep up with all that was happening, everything was budding and blooming so fast!

      I left a note on the WP forums about it, but it doesn’t look as though WP is going to do anything about it. I have noticed that when they make a change, we just have to live with it. They don’t seem to care about all the complaints (and there were plenty of them). They put up this sticky post that does not solve the problem, but seems to be their final word on the subject:


      We’ve recently updated our commenting system.

      Now, if someone tries to comment with an email address that’s attached to a account, they’ll need to sign into before they can comment.

      If commenters have forgotten their password they can request a reset:

      Please don’t hesitate to contact our Happiness Engineers if you have any questions. We’re glad to help!

      I have not gotten any answers from them regarding my message. I’ve found that’s usually the case.

      • Dana says:

        My issues don’t seem to be with WP commenters. It’s more with people who don’t have a WP blog (or any blog at all). I double-checked in my settings that I’m allowing “anybody” to comment, but some people are still being refused for some reason or another. Grrr…

  6. jane tims says:

    Love the willow branches and the fish in water. You have captured a lot of sun in this post. Put it back!!!!!! Jane

    • Robin says:

      lol, Jane! I will do that right away. It’s cloudy here too, and I don’t want to be hogging all the sunlight in my photos. 😀

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  8. : ) peregrination….great sounding word!…I had to look it up….quite a nice lively walk around your land! Your photos of the golden ripples are beautiful, as are the buds of leaves and flowers. Aren’t the greens of early spring just wonderful?

  9. giselzitrone says:

    Super schöne Fotos ganz beautiful Grüsse lieb und wünsche ein schönes weekend Gislinde

  10. Robin says:

    Thank you, Gislinde. Wishing you a nice weekend too! 🙂

  11. Chloe says:

    robin the photos with the water bokeh are gorgeous

  12. Karma says:

    You’ve got some real beauties here Robin. I was especially struck by the water with the purplish hue and the “stars” darting across – just lovely!
    This is a bright, clean looking theme you’ve got here. Do you like it so far? I’ve been trying to decide if it is time for an update at my place too. And I didn’t know you could change the text for comments; I like “Tell me what’s on your mind today…” 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karma. Sunlight on the pond is one of my favorite things to shoot, although it rarely works out that well.

      Believe it or not, it’s the same theme I’ve been using (Clean Home). I changed the background to white so it’s all the same shade. I like it a lot so far. Makes me wonder why I kept changing the background in the first place. lol!

      I just discovered it was possible to change the text for comments. I saw it when changing my settings for comments (trying to work around the new WP comments policy that is making it impossible for some people to comment on WP blogs).

  13. Roxi says:

    I just nominated you for the sunshine blog award! check it out here: 🙂

  14. nigel says:

    nicely framed.

  15. Usually for me, your first picture always strikes me as being a step above the rest of the images you share in a walk through your woods…. Today, however, #4 is really, really cool!!! I’m digging that one out of this batch. Very nice, and thank you for taking us with you!

  16. Robin, this is SO beautiful. The golden ripples on the pond are striking, but my favorite always seems to be the wide shot of the pond and woods. I love this time of year, with a thousand shades of green emerging in the woods, like a Botticelli painting.

  17. Robin says:

    Thank you, Lynn. 🙂

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  19. I too am relieved to see this slow down to spring. As it is, our tulips are all in bloom a month ahead of time and the Tulip Festival in Holland is going to come a bit late. With the chill that has crept back in, I haven’t noticed any plants suffering here. Thank you for the lovely spring stroll, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Cyndi. And thank you. 🙂

      Our poor tulips are suffering from freezing temperature overnight. They have been covered with frost in the mornings, droopy and sad looking, but so far they have managed to perk up again once the sun hits them in the afternoon.

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