Spots of time

Rainy day

There are in our existence spots of time,
That with distinct pre-eminence retain
A renovating virtue…
That penetrates, enables us to mount,
When high more high, and lifts us up when fallen.

~ William Wordsworth

Waiting to meet someone. Brady’s Run Park, Beaver, Pennsylvania.

I had planned to wait until at least Friday to start posting again.  And then… and then… and then…

This afternoon I realized that on days when the stress is a bit whelming (it’s not overwhelming, just whelming) — the kind of day that brings tears over an accidentally broken pizza stone and of course it’s not about the pizza stone at all, but that was the tipping point — well, on those days, putting together a blog post of a peaceful morning walk helps to take me back to that time and place of calm and quiet.  It helps me take a few deep breaths so I can sit with whatever ails me, acknowledge it, and let it go.  Composing a blog post allows me to indulge in those ‘spots of time’ once again.

Layered reflections

It’s been a lovely break for the most part, filled with ‘spots of time.’ Like the reflections in the above photo, those spots of time are layered.  There were quiet, meditative moments on a rainy Sunday…

… that turned playful and joyful when the hummingbirds showed up at the feeder.

The whole family came to play.  Mama, Papa, and the babies.

(I really need to wash my windows!)

I watched sunrises and sunsets.

I took a lot of walks with Bo the Dog, discovering that meditation and yoga are not just about sitting or practicing on the mat.  There’s also gamboling and frolicking in the meadows, lifting your head up in the air to smell whatever is on the wind, stopping to listen to the birds, and not minding if the morning is so dewy that your paws get soaking wet.

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.

~ Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912

I discovered hints of autumn’s approach.  Goldenrod beginning to bloom.

Misty, dewy mornings.

Incredible blue sky days.

And that was only four days of no new posts (the scheduled post that appeared on Monday doesn’t count because I had that ready to go before announcing a break).  I have so many beautiful scenes I want to share with you, but this post is already growing lengthy.

Thank you for dropping by the Bogs.  The meadows are at their best this time of year with the purples of the Tall Ironweed, pinks of the Joe Pye Weed, whites of the Queen Anne’s Lace, and the yellows of the Goldenrod.  Like Bo, you might want to frolic and romp through the grasses, or go down to the pond and chase the frogs into the water, bounding after them when you hear their “eeeeep!!”

Have a delicious day, evening, night… wherever you are on the spectrum of time, and I hope you have some spots of time to see you through those stressful moments.  🙂

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46 Comments on “Spots of time”

  1. Kathy says:

    Hello, Ms. Robin. This was a lovely blog, and it’s good to hear how you’re doing. I have been witnessing what I reach toward when stressed. It’s interesting to see how hard it is to stay present during our stress, and how we reach out to what has given us pleasure in the past. Have been attempting to stay more present with my stress and not reach out toward old habits. Some days it succeeds; other days not as much. It’s fascinating that we can create beauty out of stress, beauty that feels peaceful, beauty that grounds us and others. This is not always an easy journey…honoring you this day.

  2. tedgriffith says:

    I am so glad that you are finding such peace and beauty around you. And thank you for sharing these ‘spots’. 🙂

  3. Gracie says:

    These are beautiful. Always refreshing to see new posts from you, Robin.

  4. sandy says:

    I am so glad you posted. This lovely series of photos cheered me! Your new header is stunning. It kind of looks like a God spotlight.

    The hummer in the rain shots are wonderful! They are such cheerful little creatures, when they are not fighting.

  5. This may be your most beautiful set of photos yet – of course, I am partial to any that include hummingbirds 🙂 Well done!

  6. You captured these beautifully!
    Finally got some rain here, too, today.

  7. those rainy day birds are gorgeous. the black and white is my favorite. Love the look and the rain, Awesome Robin.

  8. Love that dog quote – we should all go out and play.
    A beautiful series of photos. I was sure that first rainy one was going to be the best, but then came the sunset – the blue blue sky – and that hold-your-breath magical last one.
    You are making it very hard to pick favorites!

  9. Chatter Master says:

    I love your pictures and joy in sharing them. Thank you!

  10. I knew you’d get a hummingbird before the summer was over…but you got the whole family instead! 🙂
    Happy, de-stressed days to you…you’re the third person to mention noticing that *something* that says we’re on the cusp of a change…

  11. Bo Mackison says:

    Look at all your visiting birds Love them. What great photos, show off the birds’ personalities. (And forget the dirty windows — they just get dirty again, the next rainfall.)

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Bo. 🙂

      lol! You’re right about the windows. I think the outside might be cleaner than the inside due to some of those wind-washing rains we get.

  12. Marianne says:

    It’s really great to hear that creating your blog posts bring you back to a calm centre. Quite often I find it calming to see the beauty you capture with your camera and hear about your travels and adventures. Thank you for Life in the Bogs, Robin. 🙂

  13. Tammy says:

    Really lovely Robin. This post brought me from stress just looking at the lovely images. I find that writing is a release for me.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Tammy. 🙂

      Writing works for me, too. I usually do that in a journal, although some of that will often show up here at the blog.

  14. beautiful…isn’t the meadow at a lovely stage?…thank you for posting…and hoping that your little spots of time were steadying, calming and restorative…and that you’ll find more spots in the upcoming days.

  15. Sallyann says:

    Double like ! 😀

  16. Chloe says:

    you visit the most beautiful of places!

  17. aFrankAngle says:

    And your blog is a wonderful daily stress relief for many! The multicolored sky stopped me in my tracks. 🙂

  18. Karma says:

    This post is so full of wonderful photos, I barely know where to begin! You know I just love the humming bird shots! That first one looks like a different breed than ruby-throated; is that a rufous? (sp?) The dog quote is perfect and so true. I’m taken by your misty lake with the dock.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karma. 🙂

      They must all be ruby-throated hummingbirds since that’s the only type of hummingbird that shows up in this area.

  19. bearyweather says:

    Thanks for sharing all the beautiful “spots” of your life this week

  20. milkayphoto says:

    Adorable hummingbirds! Sooooo jealous!!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Tracy. 🙂 I’d like to capture them somewhere other than at the feeder, but the clothesline is the best I can do with my camera’s zoom capabilities.

  21. Dana says:

    Love this, Robin. This post has taken me to a calmer, more peaceful state of being, too. Thank you for that. 🙂

  22. Love shots 3 and 12, they’re stunning!


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