Go with all of your heart

Yesterday's sunset

Yesterday’s sunset

My Yogi Tea tag wisdom for the day is:

Wherever you go, go with all of your heart.

I would add to that:

And listen to your body.

The pond is officially open for ice skating and sledding or just walking around on the ice.

The pond is officially open for ice skating and sledding or just walking around on the ice.

I went out early for my walk today, just as the sun was coming up from behind the trees across the road.  It’s interesting how aware I’ve become of the position of the sun.  I guess I was so busy looking at other things over the past two years that I didn’t pay much attention to the sun itself.  For those interested in such factoids, sunrise in the Bogs is now around 7:52 am, and sunset happens around 5:10 pm.  The infant days will soon be toddlers.

Sunrise on the woods

Sunrise on the trees

It was a chilly 4.3 degrees (F) when I stepped outside.  I was bundled up, including two pairs of socks, one pair of gloves, and one pair of mittens.  My fingers and toes always take the worst of the cold.  The chill just seems to find a way inside my mittens and then inside of my gloves.  The rest of me stays nice and toasty.  My snow pants and ski jacket are so warm that I end up sweating, even when the temperature is below zero.

Frosty morning

Frosty morning

Sometimes, when the temperature is below zero, my fingertips will become cold, numb up a bit, and then get warm again which means all is well.  Other times, like today, my fingertips hurt with the cold, and become so numb I can’t feel what I’m doing and end up pressing all the wrong buttons on the camera.  By the time it gets to that point, it means a painful warm up when I get back inside.

The light grows brighter

The light grows brighter

It takes a little while to figure out which way it’s going to go.  Will it be normal warmth and feeling or numbness and pain?  No matter how well I prepare, I manage to practically freeze my fingers at least once each winter (with the exception of last winter when it didn’t get cold enough).



My fingers (and toes) are fine now, but it was not a pleasant warm-up.  I am thankful nobody was here to witness and listen to me as the feeling came back.  It was not pretty.  I hereby vow to find a better pair of gloves.  Or come inside as soon as I recognize the numbness that refuses to go away.



The problem, of course, is that I don’t pay attention to what my body is telling me.  I get wrapped up in the beauty of the frost and snow sparkling in the sunlight, the crisp and almost biting scent of the air, and the crunch of the ice and snow underfoot.

Splendor in the meadow

Splendor in the meadow

I become absorbed in the sunlight, chasing it around the woods and the meadows…

Igniting the day

Igniting the day

…watching as it streaks across the snow.

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Coming around the corner

I stop to listen to the birds as they begin their day and flock to the feeders or go looking for seeds around the edge of the pond and in the meadows.

Seeds of light

Seeds of light

And I become dazzled by winter’s sparkle and glow on everything, including on the fence around the garden.

Even chicken wire looks beautiful in the winter

Even chicken wire looks beautiful in the winter

The world is full of poetry.  The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.

~ James Gates Percival

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Wave of light

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Snow will be arriving later with a weak clipper that’s going to move through.  The prediction is that we’ll get more snow from the lake-effect machine (Lake Erie) after the clipper moves through than we’ll get from the clipper itself.

A glow-glow

A glow-glow

Thank you for joining me on my early morning walk.  I hope you stayed warm and toasty on this frosty day (or cool if things are warming up where you are).


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Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  🙂

38 Comments on “Go with all of your heart”

  1. Ellen says:

    what a beautiful morning ! no wonder you forgot to listen to your body!!!
    Ive just come back and was without Internet so … HAPPY 2013!!
    Lots of love,

  2. tedgriffith says:

    This was a beautiful walk today. I love the way early morning sunlight glints off on the ice and frost:)

  3. Bo Mackison says:

    Sunrise photography — not photographing the sunrise, but shooting in the early light — is one of my favorites. These are beautifully done. Sorry about your fingers though — I’ve used the hand warmers that only last a bit. I’ve even used a hard warmer heated with lighter fluid — yeah, sounds absurd, but warm fingers are so essential when out for long periods of time. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bo. I’m going to have to invest in some hand warmers for those frosty mornings. I’ve noticed that when the air is cold and dry, I have fewer problems, but on the days we have hoar frost, my fingers freeze up pretty quickly.

  4. dadirri7 says:

    exquisite … maybe try some fur-lined gloves robin, to provide more insulation for those delicate fingers …

  5. Robin, this post triggered so many thoughts and reactions that I can hardly sort through them. The smoky sunset photo set the pace – so evocative and magical. Then the three photos of the snowy woodlands made me think of one of my favorite fairy tales, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, with its underground forests of silver, gold, and glass. And finally, the advice to listen to one’s body struck home. I ended the year by writing conversations with my body, asking what it wanted for optimum health. Some of the answers I got back were expected but some were quite surprising. I’m keeping the conversation open, one of my New Year “adjustments” 🙂 Thank you for sharing the magical beauty of your part of the world, it is always welcome and a very healing experience. Stay warm.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Lynn. And thank you so much. One of the things I’ve been trying to do with some of my images is evoke a sense of magic and fairy tales. I like the idea of a conversation with one’s body. The body, after all, should have a say-so in how we treat it. 🙂

  6. Carla says:

    Thank you for suffering with cold finger rewarming to bring these beautiful frosty photos! Truly magical!

  7. bearyweather says:

    The sparkling frost is gorgeous … I love the color shades in the 3rd one. The excitement of having such beautiful morning sights to take photos of would keep me warm … even without mittens 😉

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂 Normally the excitement does keep me warm, but as I mentioned in another comment, the frosty mornings tend to freeze my fingertips faster than the cold, dry mornings. I think it might be that slight humidity in the air.

  8. Oh Robin, what a wonderful morning walk and beautiful photos….I can see why you didn’t notice your fingers… when the other senses are so filled with that wonder, it might be hard to stop and think about fingers and toes. You were obviously in a state of inspiration and sense of wonder! (I remember how uncomfortable the thawing out was…ouch!)
    I bought a case (!!) of little, individually wrapped handwarmers at Costco last year, thinking I might use them, but haven’t.(I get cold easily now…too much frost bite when I was a child!) They give off nice warmth and might be helpful for you, on mornings like this?
    What a wonderful walk that was!

  9. Sallyann says:

    Here’s a little trick for you to help you with your toes, I worked for a while one Christmas on a market stall, very cold, early morning rises and standing around getting colder and colder, stamping my feet to stop them numbing up. One of the other market traders, an old hand obviously, told me to put a freezer bag in between my two pairs of socks, not next to my skin, and not on the outside. Don’t laugh, I was willing to try anything … and it worked. 🙂
    Give it a try next time you go out and let me know if it works for you too. 🙂

  10. aFrankAngle says:

    I’m stunned … image after image of “That’s my fav … no, this one … no that one.” I may be saying this is one of my favorite walks ever!

  11. Elisa says:

    PRetty images.

  12. Phil Lanoue says:

    A wonderful series of images! Well done!

  13. Wow – Every photo is spectacular! Frozen fingers did not harm your creative photography. You have probably tried them, but just wondering if silk gloves might be a good first layer. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely photos.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Karen. 🙂 I’ve never thought of trying silk gloves as a liner. Makes sense, especially since I know that silk long underwear keeps a body nice and warm.

  14. Oh, Robin, these are breathtaking! Sunrise on the trees is exquisite! I’m so sorry you had such a painful warm up after your fingers worked so hard to get these gems. The bitter cold is a dangerous kind of beauty, best appreciated in smaller doses, unfortunately…

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Barbara. 🙂 ‘Tis true about the bitter cold. I’m going to try to keep that in mind from now on, rather than let the beauty mesmerize me into forgetfulness.

  15. Marianne says:

    Beautiful photos, Robin! I especially like Illume and Frosty Morning! Sorry about your fingers and feet. We’re you frightened? Glad to hear they are warm once again. Take care of yourself out there! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Marianne. 🙂 I wasn’t frightened too much this time. The first time I did it (during my year-long challenge to get outside every day) I was scared that I’d gotten frostbite. The thought did cross my mind again, but as my fingertips pinked up again, I knew they’d be okay. Even so, I’m going to try not to let that happen again. I think each event of this type makes my hands more sensitive to cold.

  16. Karma says:

    Love the sparkle of this post! You couldn’t drag me outside for a walk in the temperatures you describe, lol! I find it very interesting how much later your sunrise time is than mine. I know it is earlier as you head east, but it is about half an hour different for us – today’s official sunrise time was 7:18.

  17. I love all of these! Such beautiful colors and bokeh!

  18. Joanne says:

    It seems to be a huge concern, the freezing fingers, when you are actually only paying attention to the beautiful early morning rays of the sun! I hope you can find just the right pair of cosy gloves, to keep your hands warm. We are having some very hot days here, but this summer I seem to be coping with the heat better than everyone else! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Joanne. One of these days I’ll get the glove situation sorted out. I had a pair of fleece gloves that were perfect for liners, but they were old and worn and falling apart. Poor gloves, well past their prime when I finally decided they had to go. The new liners don’t work as well so I’ll have to keep looking. 🙂

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