Space and time

Sunlight on ice

Galaxies in a small block of ice on the pond

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost December.  This year seemed to fly by.  Is time faster than the speed of light?  (I suppose if time was faster we’d be able to time travel.)  Sometimes it feels that way — much too fast.



For example, it’s Friday and I’m still looking at (and posting) images from Wednesday.  That’s not really the fault of time.  I didn’t think the ice photos went well with pictures from the woods.  Not all of the photos in this post are from Wednesday.  Just the ice photos.  The rest are from yesterday at sunset and this morning’s walk.



I thought about space and time and reality while out on my walk today.  I didn’t come to any brilliant conclusions.  Just pondered.

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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

~ Albert Einstein

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The fluidity of reality.  (Ice and waves and sunlight on the pond.)

I ponder a lot of things while I’m out on my walks.  Those ponderings often lead to more questions than answers.

Ornamental grass in the meadow

Ornamental grass in the meadow

How did the ornamental grass get in the meadow?  The answer seems obvious.  A bird or the wind carried in the seeds.  But which was it?  Will it spread throughout the meadow?  Should we pull it?  Or let it grow?

Left behind

Left behind

Why is the above photo my favorite of all the images I took this week?  Which leads to the follow-up question:  Isn’t it interesting how my favorite of the week isn’t usually the most popular among my blog readers?  There is nothing at all wrong with that, mind you.  We all have different taste, and that is a very good thing or life would be incredibly dull, what with all of us liking the same things.

(Note:  The caption for the photo has to do with the hay bale which was left behind by the farmer who used to mow the meadow that is now the Future Woods.)

Yesterday's sunset

Yesterday’s sunset

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

~ John Lennon

The male mallard

The male mallard

What’s happening around the pond

The nights have been cold.  Cold enough that there is a thin film of ice covering some of the surface of the pond each morning.  The gradual increase in temperature this week has led to the ice melting each day except for a spot near the back that is always in the shade.  I expect that will melt today or sometime this weekend since we are once again headed into an unseasonably warm spell.

One of today's views of the pond

One of today’s views of the pond

A small red-tailed hawk has been hanging around the pond this week.  The kingfisher who usually stands guard in the trees close to the pond is missing.  I suspect a connection between those two facts, but I can’t say what that connection might be.  The hawks usually perch in the taller trees out at the edge of the meadow which leaves the pond trees to the kingfisher.  It’s too bad about the kingfisher.  He was starting to get used to me, and actually let me take a photo of him the other day.  It’s not his fault I was so excited that I didn’t stand still (hence, a blurry image not good enough to show you).  The hawk whistles at me when I’m out there.  I don’t think he means it in a good way.  I am, after all, interrupting his hunt.

Grass fascination.

Grass fascination.

There’s a muskrat in the pond.  It’s trapping season.  So far, there is no connection between those two facts.  Our trapper hasn’t come around in a while.  Perhaps he’s caught his fill of muskrats.  One of the stylists in the salon where I have my hair cut has a coat made from muskrat furs.  Her husband trapped them and had the coat made for her.  She says it’s the warmest winter coat she’s ever owned.  There is very little muskrat love in this area of ponds where they can do quite a bit of damage.  We’ve been putting in fencing that keeps the muskrats from digging into the dam of the pond, and that has helped the pond, the dam, and the muskrats.  As long as they’re not undermining the dam, the muskrats are welcome to stay.

Escaping the pod

Escaping the pod

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

~ Lao Tzu

View of the pond from the Future Woods

View of the pond from the Future Woods

That’s about it from the Bogs for today, and for this week.  Thanks for joining me as I ponder reality and the other (not so) big things in life.  This reality stuff is confusing.  One minute someone is telling you it’s all an illusion, a dream, and the next someone is suggesting that you accept reality as it is and go with it.  Which is it, do you think?

The reality of the birch (is that it's finally lost its leaves).

The reality of the birch (is that it has finally lost its leaves).

Have a wonder-filled and magical weekend!  I have adventures planned so I’ll see you next week.  🙂

28 Comments on “Space and time”

  1. Hi Robin, Your photos are amazing and I enjoy listening to your thoughts. The first photo of galaxies in the ice is a picture I have not seen before, anywhere. All beautiful.

  2. LOVED ‘overflow’. AND the galaxies. And i just love this picture travels about your pond.

  3. artsifrtsy says:

    Really creative shots here. I love the late autumn sunshine – it’s like no other time of the year.

  4. Oh, your posts are always like a huge all you can eat restaurant: so much to choose from.
    Really like the molten and fluid ones – and that Einstein quote is never far from my mind.
    Well done!

  5. Love watching you experiment!! Good stuff!

  6. Today my favorite is “Overflow” – the colors are so deep and earthy and the water a sparkly contrast!

    I agree with Einstein, reality is mostly a persistent illusion. Or as someone once put it, a collective hunch. But I also spend a lot of time mulling over these things the way you do, Robin. 🙂

  7. betsyk1 says:

    You always have such wonderful and amazing photos!

  8. Robin, I love reading you write about your thoughts as you walk your pond path. My mind wanders as I wander in the desert or in the mountains, etc. It can be very distracting… LOL. Love those grasses – such rich colors. I like your favorite too, like that it has an object that requires some wondering…

  9. Karma says:

    Good questions you ask Robin. I’ve often wondered if our reality could actually be someone else’s big chess game, you know what I mean? I do believe that my decisions are all my own, but that whatever decisions I’ve made, I would have ended up in a similar reality because it was meant to be. Oh dear, there I go adding more questions! I really love that milkweed pod. I was surprised to see one full of fluff so late in the year. I hope you are enjoying your adventures.

    • Robin says:

      I do know what you mean, Karma. I’ve had a similar thought. Or the thought that it’s all a dream. I don’t explore either of those thoughts too much as it’s difficult to wrap my head around them (and it’s kind of freaky…lol!).

      Thank you. 🙂

  10. Marianne says:

    I agree, Robin. Reality is confusing. Thanks for sharing your wonderful gifts with us! 🙂

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    Overflow is my favorite … but Left Behind is one that on the surface, we don’t capture it’s depth. But with the title, it is quite deep. Meanwhile, gotta love the sunset too.

  12. Coming East says:

    Love the pond pictures with ice. Never gets cold enough here to freeze salt water, so I don’t get many ice pictures.

  13. Sallyann says:

    I like your ‘leftover’ picture too, although the ‘overflow’ is a very pretty close second. 🙂

  14. I agree with your favorite photo; it’s mine too. The light is fabulous. I also love “escaping the pod.” I love ornamental grasses and would never want to get rid of them. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Cathy. 🙂 I like ornamental grasses, too, but I’m not sure if they belong in the meadow (hence the need to ponder whether or not we should pull them out and move them elsewhere).

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