Waves on the pondPosted: January 16, 2013 Filed under: 365 Meditation Challenge, Air, Daily Walk, Earth, Fire, home, Mindfulness, nature, Photography, pond, Quotes, Spirit, Walking, wandering, water, weather, winter | Tags: clouds, MaidinSun Photography, nature, Outdoors, Photography, pond, quotes, reflections, water, weather, winter 32 Comments
Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.
I’m never quite sure what will grab my attention when I go out for my walks around the pond, the meadows, or the woods. Today it was the wind and milky sunlight on the surface of the pond. It had a silky look to it that I love. Surprising, really, when you consider how breezy it is. The wind is moving at about 13 mph, and that’s usually quite enough to make the water choppy rather than silky.
It’s a gray day here in the Bogs. I’ve got a bit of a chill, and thought about making my way through the archives to some warm and sunnier days, and leaving the walk for another day.
It’s been so long since I didn’t go outside that I couldn’t bring myself to stay indoors. It’s been about 2-1/4 years now, starting with the Great Outdoor Challenge in September of 2010. Even when I was sick, I went out. I’m not sick today, and really couldn’t think of a good excuse not to go. Besides, someone had to have a talk with the geese and encourage them to settle elsewhere.
It’s shorter than usual, but that’s my walk for today. There is snow in the forecast tonight. It’s not supposed to amount to much. I was surprised to find only a small patch of ice on the pond. Yesterday it looked like this:
Today the water is smooth and silky, waves undulating towards the shore.
Thank you for dropping in and joining me on a short walk. Have a delightful day, evening, night… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time.
(Did you know that the House Finch was once a bird of Mexico and the western United States? In 1940, someone got the not-so-brilliant idea to try to sell them as cage birds, calling them “Hollywood Finches,” and transported them to the eastern United States. When the birds didn’t sell, they were released on Long Island, New York. They bred quickly and spread all across the United States and southern Canada. Thank you to Cornell’s All About Birds for that snippet of information.)
All of the photos today were a Zen moment for me Robin. I’m sure there isn’t a bad photo to be taken in the Bogs, (althought you would probably disagree, lol!) Thank you for the walk, but it’s time for you to stay warm indoors now. 🙂
Thank you so much, Joanne. 🙂 Oh, there are some bad photos, but I can’t blame them on the Bogs. lol!
i agree about the zen moments! fascinating how the water freezes and thaws from day to day … what a visual treat 🙂
Thank you, Christine. 🙂 Sometimes it seems like time passes and there is very little change to be seen around the pond (it’s there; just not immediately evident). Other times, especially with a winter like this, the change is obvious not just from day to day, but often hour by hour.
Hi Robin. It’s nice to visit your blog again and take your daily walk with you. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things in the blog world so you’ll be seeing more of me!
Hi, Corina! Welcome back. 🙂
Those top two pictures felt like silk on my eyes. 🙂
Oooh! That sounds nice, Colleen. 🙂
Thank you, Phil. 🙂
Robin, thank you for stopping and liking a post today. Your photography is inspiring and the thoughtful choice of text, including quotes, adds a mindful quality to them. I look forward to enjoying more as I follow along.
You’re welcome, Ivon. I’m sorry it took me so long to return your visit to my blog a week or so ago. I’m so glad I finally did. I really enjoyed your blog.
Thank you so much for the lovely comments. 🙂
You are welcome Robin. I find life sometimes intrudes on my blogging.
‘Silk and Sunlight’ – what a perfect description.
Thanks, Marie. 🙂 Staying warm is easy enough for now, but winter will be returning soon. Gonna be freezing here on Monday.
Those ice patterns are so interesting and beautiful. Hard to know they are so fleeting… if you hadn’t taken their photo, who would have ever seen them??? Jane
Thank you, Jane. I’m so glad I have the opportunity to observe (and record) the ice patterns. I took a whole series of shots. Hopefully I’ll get those posted soon. It’s amazing how many different patterns there were.
Perfect pictures for contemplation today – thank you for heading outside even on an off day… I had no idea about the house finches. All these little acts, planting a species in new territories, are changing our world and will ultimately change us, too.
Thank you, Barbara. 🙂 I ponder that too (“All these little acts, planting a species in new territories, are changing our world and will ultimately change us, too.”). We’re not the only species to do it. Birds and other animals carry seeds, and I’m sure that changes our world as well.
Beautiful! Thank you for the bird story!
Thank you, Amy! And you’re welcome. 🙂
Wonderful pictures, as usual. I love all the quotes like the one about waves and time that go so well with the pond photos.
Thank you, Jo Ann. 🙂
The shot of the ice is fantastic, I’ve never seen anything like that in person.
Thank you, Belen. 🙂
What a difference a day makes. 🙂
Yesterday the pond was a diamond cut doily and today it’s a silk scarf blowing in the breeze. 😀
It’s amazing how quickly things change on the pond, Sallyann. Keeps life here interesting. 🙂
Great Ovid quote. How nice to find beauty in the dead of winter. Actually, why do they call it the dead of winter? Winter for you around your pond is hardly dead!
Thank you, Susan. 🙂 I’ve often wondered why they call it the dead of winter, too. It’s surprising how much life is out there, even in the ice and snow.
I wish I could find your inspiration for getting outside! Once January settles in, I find it so difficult. It has been so very gray and un-shiny lately. I love the house finch photo – and the story that goes with it – as well as the bluejay in your header!
Thank you, Karma. 🙂 Gray and un-shiny days are not very motivating for me, either. That’s why the outdoor challenge was such a good thing for me to do. Prior to that, if I didn’t like the weather, I didn’t go out. Even when I liked the weather I sometimes didn’t go out. Now that I know what I was missing, it’s easier, but I have to admit there are some days when I have to push myself out the door.