In an abstract frame of mind

Mirror, mirror.  (An abstract created from reflections in a puddle on the front lawn.)

Mirror, mirror. (An abstract created from reflections in a puddle on the front lawn.)

It is gray and windy here in the Bogs today.  But I got lucky.  When I stepped outside for my walk late this morning, I caught a patch of blue sky between the dark, gray clouds, and a few rays of sunshine streamed down for a minute or two.

A hole in the cloud cover

A hole in the cloud cover

The temperature must have been dropping while I was walking.  I started out warm enough.  I felt in need of my super-duper, über-warm winter coat by the time I finished.

Silvery ice and water

Silvery ice and water

The surface of the pond has mostly thawed.  There was a small patch of ice that the wind has blown to one corner, but that’s gone now, too.



The ducks have returned, although I suspect it will be a short visit since it’s likely the pond will freeze over again.  There are three males and one female.  They’re getting along fine for now.  In a few weeks, perhaps when the weather is warmer, the males will be trying to chase each other off.


A skein overhead

A skein of geese flew overhead.  Did you know a group of geese in flight is called a skein?  I didn’t until I looked it up for this post.  Sometimes they’re called a flock.  On the ground they’re known as a gaggle of geese.

Grasses at the edge of the pond

Grasses at the edge of the pond

There is no abstract art.  You must always start with something.  Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.

~ Pablo Picasso

Shimmy shimmy

Shimmy shimmy

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Above and below

Above and below

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Bundle up if you’re going outside.  The wind is whipping, making the cold cut to the bone.  There’s more rain coming, followed by a wintry mix that looks like it includes ice, and then a big swath of snow will take over for the rest of the night.  Be careful out there.


Immersed.  (A maple leaf lying at the bottom of the pond.)

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

Oak leaves blowing in the wind

Oak leaves blowing in the wind

The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.

~ Lucian Freud

Fungus on a log

Fungus on a log

I think that ideas exist outside of ourselves.  I think somewhere, we’re all connected off in some very abstract land.  But somewhere between there and here ideas exist.

~ David Lynch

Fungus on a log II

Fungus on a log II

36 Comments on “In an abstract frame of mind”

  1. Kathy says:

    Abstract is so cool! I love abstract. I adore the ladder photo especially. Clean, simple lines. Thank you, dear Robin from the Bogs.

  2. rrosen1 says:

    A beautiful series Robin.

  3. rrosen1 says:

    Reblogged this on Appleledge II and commented:
    Some beautiful pictures from one of my on-line photo friends. I encourage you to follow her blog. she does some beautiful work.

  4. Ducks! More Purple Martins have moved into the neighbor’s bird apartment. Striking shots of nature’s abstract art.
    Artist were interested in light/dark/shapes/shadows/color for color’s sake even before the abstract movement: when in a museum find some “old” portraits and landscapes and look at the fabrics and backgrounds – those were the only place artists were allowed to play and have freedom with paint. But to keep follow prescribed acceptable formulas by church and state patrons, it was realistic approach.
    As you closely look through years of paintings, you can see how things lead to abstract art which finally broke free from a specific realistic image.
    Your Grass at edge of pond is electric – so many of your works could easily be illustrations or posters

  5. Gracie says:

    Very nice series, Robin. I was personally drawn to the first image, I think because of the vibrant colors.

  6. Stacie says:

    I love winter weeds!

  7. Susan says:

    Liked all your pictures, as usual, but my favorite is the oak leaves blowing in the wind. We had a gorgeous day here in southeast Virginia. Should have gone to the Bay and taken pictures, but I got caught up with laundry. Don’t know when we’ll get another warmish day for awhile.

  8. Nature should hire you as it’s official photographer.

  9. A good frame of mind! The symbolic rather than the descriptive, I always gravitate towards that, Robin. Bewitching images 🙂

  10. These are all good, but the one with the ladder is a stunner!!

  11. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I love the ‘Oak leaves blowing in the wind’. They must be the last leaves in the whole world (it looks so cold). Jane

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    Life is showing its signs of perky up!

    BTW – Please stop by when you get a chance as I did a simple collaboration with a photographer friend.

  13. Jo Ann says:

    Nice pictures, Robin. I didn’t realize geese had different names when flying and on the ground until you mentioned it although I have heard both terms.

  14. Kala says:

    I love the image of the silvery ice and water!

  15. Dana says:

    Beautiful pics in this one, Robin. I loved the ladder one with the skein of geese! (I never knew the term ‘skein’ could be applied to anything besides wood. Now I know!)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Dana. 🙂 I always thought of “skein” in terms of yarn. I didn’t realize it could be applied to wood. I learned something new today.

  16. penpusherpen says:

    another absorbing visit, Robin, I keep returning to the photo of The Skein of Geese flying high overhead, at first glance the smaller thumbnails looked like a gigantic ladder to my eyes,… I tried to climb it to the heavens to no avail, the geese had swiftly flown by keeping their formation trail..Heh!!…
    It was lovely to stay a while and take time for a clear sweet intake of breath… xPenx …

  17. Sallyann says:

    Great pictures, as always, despite (or maybe because of) the weather. 🙂

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