On your left*

Early morning fog hovering over the pond.

I went on a bike ride today.  I went on a train ride, too.  The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has a Bike Aboard! program that, for a $2.00 fare (yes, you read that right — $2.00!!), allows cyclists to bike along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train back to where you started, or as in my case, the other way around.

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Thursday Travels: Let’s go to the falls

Hiking to Laverty Falls. Fundy National Park. New Brunswick, Canada.

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already.  This week has flown by so quickly that I hardly noticed it.

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Medina Raptor Center

At the Medina Raptor Center

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

~ Leonardo da Vinci

(Quote is from the sign posted on the tree in the above photo.)

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Karma’s Photo Hunt: End of the earth

Pike’s Peak, Colorado. August 2010.

For her August photo hunt, Karma asks us to show her the “end of the earth” or what we think of as the end of the earth.  I know some of you have seen the above photo in the past, but I hauled it out again because to me, this truly was the first time I looked at a scene as the end of the earth.  It is a place where earth and sky meet, and although I know you can go much higher than this and still remain on earth, it was the highest I’ve ever been and still had my feet firmly placed on terra firma.  (Well, maybe not as firmly as I’d like to think since the Rocky Mountain high due to altitude was making me feel lightheaded and floaty.)

You still have time to participate in the photo hunt.  The deadline is Friday, August 31.  Just follow the link provided at the beginning of my first sentence.

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Retreat

Hawk Moth. (Can you see him? Just to the left and above the thistle.)

Day 1.  Today I saw a hawk moth in the wildflower meadow.  It’s the first time I’ve seen one here.  His little wings were moving so fast that it was impossible to capture anything other than a blur.

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The subtlety of nature

Fiery dragonfly

You can find it in the little things.

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summer heart

like wise men do

I go into seclusion…
summer heart

-Issa, 1821