Peaceful morning in the meadows

Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing
those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.

~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi

The meadows are the place to be in the early mornings.  There you will find life and peace, coexisting quite nicely.

The Tiger Swallowtail butterflies and the American Goldfinches enjoy breakfast in the meadows.  Even the light breeze gets in on the action, lifting and carrying the thistle-down, seeds carted off to establish new plants in new homes.

Everything takes on a wonderful glow in the early morning light.

It is the mind which creates the world around us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.

~ George Gissing

A lot of the flowers and plants in the meadows are now taller than I am.  It’s lovely to walk the paths surrounded by grasses, flowers, and small trees, listening to the buzz and hum of life.

Tall Ironweed

Go to the meadows, go to the garden, go to the woods!  Open your eyes!

~ Albert Hofmann

Honeybee visiting the Joe Pye Weed

Today has been a good day.

Little fairy lights in the shadows

This is love:  to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.  First to let go of life.  Finally, to take a step without feet.

~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi

The secret sky reflected in the pond

That’s all from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for joining me on my morning walk.  Evening is a good time to walk the paths through the meadows, too.  Go out just as the sun is beginning to set, and watch as the light warms the grasses and flowers, listen as some of the birds settle in for the night while others get ready to hunt.  Your walk might be a peaceful one as you wind down, or an exhilarating one if you’re ready to join the owls and other nocturnal creatures in their flight through the night.

42 Comments on “Peaceful morning in the meadows”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    I love the peace and tranquility of your walk today!

  2. Ellen says:

    beautiful and peaceful pictures you have posted today!!

  3. Chatter Master says:


    The top picture is my favorite! I am enjoying your daily walks.

  4. Boy, that yellow swallowtail on that thistle is great–such lush colors.

    • Robin says:

      It’s a lush time of year, Teresita, in spite of the drought. We’ve had just enough rain to keep most things green. It would be nice, though, if we got a few days of a nice, steady rainfall. 🙂

  5. Denise says:

    Fantastic series of photos, every one a winner.

  6. mobius faith says:

    Fantastic thistles. The water shot is superb. But my fave from the day is the shrooms. Great title. Wonderful magical shot.

  7. Oh… pretty butterflies!! I loved these photos today, Robin!!

  8. Corina says:

    The colors in your pictures today are just amazing; so rich and bright. Beautifully done.

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    This was one of the best walks! A tip of the cap to you.

  10. Lovely morning…all is grey and dark here today. Thanks for bringing me the sun 🙂

  11. dadirri7 says:

    the peacefulness of butterflies and thistledown 🙂

  12. Karma says:

    The color in these photos is just gorgeous. I can almost feel the peace you must have been enjoying when you took them.

  13. Kathy says:

    Thank you for this morning walk in the bogs, Ms. Robin. I love to pause with you and breathe.

  14. I really don’t know where you get your light from, but I think it’s only fair that you shared some of it with the rest of us !!..

    • Robin says:

      You have to get up early in the morning for that kind of light, Brian. I hear there’s a golden hour at sunset too, but I’ve never found that to be quite as satisfactory.

      Thanks! 🙂

  15. Loved it, Robin. What are the purple weeds blooming in the first few photos. I have always LOVED the look of those. So surprisingly beautiful!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy M. 🙂

      It’s Bull Thistle. Invasive (since colonial times) and the farmers don’t care much for it, but I like it too.

  16. Val says:

    Eee! Lovely, Robin. 🙂

  17. Sallyann says:

    Beautiful, and really relaxing, thanks. 🙂

  18. Joni says:

    Beautiful sights! So good to have you come by, share your thoughts, & like my post…

  19. Nice, rich colors. How did you get that black background on the first photo? Have a great weekend, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Teresita. I hope you have a great weekend too! 🙂

      The pond is the background for the first photo. I set the white balance to “open shade” which darkened everything a bit. In Photoshop I used curves to darken it some more.

  20. Great butterfly shots!

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