Monday meditation

If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Crabapples in the rain

It was dark and rainy this morning.  Breezy, too, as I went out for my walk.  I thought I’d go for a quick turn around the pond, but ended up staying out for about an hour or so.  It may sound a little crazy but it was so beautiful out there in the rain and breeziness.

Woods beyond the cornfield

It is still morning as I put together this post, and I’m still feeling the invigorating effects of the wind and rain and coolness of the air.  Have you ever stepped outside just before a storm and felt a surge of energy?  It’s a little like that.  I thoroughly enjoyed the feel of the wind and rain, coming out from beneath the shelter of my hooded raincoat  to feel them on my face.

Today’s view of the pond. I know that in some ways it’s not very pretty, but I think it’s beautiful, even on a gray day.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

~ Alan Watts

This little duck came in for a landing on the pond while I was out for my walk. She was moving too fast for me to get a clear shot.

I’m holding a lot of folks out east in my thoughts and prayers today.  Family, friends, people I don’t know and will likely never meet.  Stay safe.  I talked with my father a little while ago.  He’s in New Jersey, along with my brothers, my sister, and their families.  They’ve battened down the hatches, and made all the preparations they can.  Dad said Sandy is expected to come ashore in southern New Jersey around 8:00 this evening.  Most of my clan is inland, central New Jersey (between Philadelphia and the shore, closer to Philly than the shore), but they’ll still be feeling the effects of the wind and rain.

Light on a dark and rainy day

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.

~ Pema Chodron

There is still some color to be found if you look inwards, where the trees are sheltered.

Well, I have things I should be doing to get ready for the storm.  As of this writing, the wind has actually died down a bit.  I think it was windier overnight than it is right now.  They’re saying the wind gusts might get up to 80 mph near the lake.  To my friends and everyone else up that way, stay safe.

Color and light, wind and rain

Thank you for dropping by.  If you’re anywhere in the path of Hurricane Sandy, be safe.

Rainfall potential, days 1-5.


30 Comments on “Monday meditation”

  1. I feel the same way you do about storms, Robin–especially storms during cooler weather. Are you all expecting snow in your area? Stay safe. Stay warm.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy. 🙂

      We’ve had a few flurries, but nothing major. We’re about due for a good snowstorm. From the looks of things, it won’t be anytime soon.

  2. rrosen1 says:

    Beautiful series. Especially the ones with the water droplets. It is now two hours past the height of the storm and it still hasn’t been that bad.

  3. rrosen1 says:

    Reblogged this on Appleledge II and commented:
    An on line friend’s beautiful work and words.

  4. Gracie says:

    Lovely photos, Robin. I am also praying that Sandy does not cause too much damage to the areas along its path. I am in Montreal (also on Sandy’s path), and we are experiencing strong winds at the moment although it still is fairly dry. Hoping that it will stay dry for most of the night.

  5. I’m praying for all of those affected (or going to be) by Sandy. How horrible to have to sit and wait, knowing something bad is approaching.

    I love the pictures. I enjoyed the duck’s “red hair”. 🙂

  6. We’re watching the storm, too. The German is up there – so far power on, but stuff hitting windows making her nervous.
    Jersey is getting hit – but the storm is moving inland faster than expecting – that’s good. Fall hurricanes are always the worst – and with the cold front. Stay safe and will keep our family in our thoughts, too.

  7. PS, meant to say that first pix is gorgeous – looks like velvet and colors so brilliant

  8. Marianne says:

    So sorry about this awful situation. It’s 9:00 ET and I’m listening to a live report from New York. It’s absolutely devastating. New Jersey is getting it bad as well. We’re getting high winds and rain at the moment. Still have many hours to go yet to see what happens. Hope all is well with your family in New Jersey, Robin. Hope all is well with you. Take care.

  9. Phil Lanoue says:

    Super photos Robin! That duck looks like a little merganser.

  10. artsifrtsy says:

    That first shot is just sublime.

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    The first two pix grab my attention so much that I can’t get to the reading. Well done …. and on this Tuesday morning, a layer of snow greeted Cincinnati.

  12. Love the photos!
    Hope you didn’t get too much bad weather out of this system…we’re on generator power this morning…

  13. I usually love a good storm, but this one made me nervous! I have been holding my breath for the last couple of days, hoping that people stay safe, and the storm passes quickly! We definitely got the very edge of the storm here last night, whipping winds, rain, hail, temperatures dropping rapidly…… not nice. I actually found some SNOW on my car this morning!! 😦

  14. First shot by far the best of this bunch! Very nice!

  15. Sallyann says:

    Glad your clan is all ok. 🙂
    It’s a British pastime to complain about the weather buy when I see Mother Nature throwing her weight about elsewhere I don’t think we’ve got it so bad here after all.

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