Lost in the details

Lost in the details

Detailing the fence

Nothing is less real than realism.  Details are confusing.  It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.

~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Before we go for today’s walk, the Weekly Photo Challenge is Lost in the Details and I thought I’d take a stab at it.  I actually took this photo while out on my morning walk, before I knew what the challenge would be.  I like the details and texture of the fence, the snow, the wire, the wood slats, and even the fence post off to the left side of the photo.  I don’t know why I keep coming back to this fence and the hay bale it sits on.  I may have enough photos of them now to fill a large room.  Perhaps it’s the wabi-sabi aspect.  I’ve been watching the hay bale and fence slowly erode with time.

A waterfowl morning

A waterfowl morning

The banded goose returned to the pond today.  Now that I know who she is, I wouldn’t mind in the least if she hung around for a while.  Unfortunately, M and I have trained the geese not to stay, and they usually fly off within a few minutes of seeing one of us near the pond.

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I’m almost tempted to give her a name.  I’m not sure that’s a good idea.  Attachment to wildlife rarely works out well.

Snow day

Snow day

It is cloudy with snow flurries today, and very cold.  The wind managed to work its way through all of my layers while I was out for my walk.

The mallards have settled in

The mallards have settled in

It looks and feels like winter, but it sounds like spring.  The birds are singing their little hearts out.  Maybe they’re trying to sing in spring.  Or sing out winter.

Snow on the path

Snow on the path

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

~ Albert Einstein

The dead elm tree continues to shed its bark

The dead elm tree continues to shed its bark

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.

~ William Morris

Leaf and snow

Leaf and snow

I’m going to see my granddaughters this weekend.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than with Emma and Maddy.  I love being a grandma.  There’s nothing else like it.

I can't remember what type of tree this is

I can’t remember what type of tree this is

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth.  The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water.  Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts.  And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.

~ Sivananda

Dusted holly

Dusted holly

We had an unusual visitor at the bird feeder today.  This is a critter most people are familiar with at their feeders.  In fact, most people do all that they can to keep them away from the feeders.

Checking to see if it's safe

Checking to see if it’s safe

We rarely see squirrels out here.  I know they’re in the woods, but they don’t seem to like coming near the house.  That’s just as well because those that do come close to the house end up dead on the road a day or two later.  They’re better off in the woods.

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This little guy or gal looks like he or she has found plenty to eat over the winter months.  Nonetheless, I’m glad he or she found the little offering of food I left out.  He did try to climb up on the feeder, but evidently isn’t experienced at it.  The feeder started to twirl and he went flying off.

Crocuses in the snow

Crocuses in the snow

I recently made some sales at my RedBubble shop.  RedBubble notifies me of what was sold and how much I will make on it, but they don’t tell me who bought it.  I suppose that’s how it should be.  However.  I would like to thank the person who liked my art enough to purchase something.  In case you’re reading this blog, Lovely Person, thank you so much.  I hope the images bring you joy.

Snow scribbles

Snow scribbles

That’s it from the Bogs on this cold and snowy Friday.  Thank you so much for visiting, and joining me on another walk around Breezy Acres.  I hope it wasn’t too cold out there for you.



Have a delightful day, evening, night… whenever and wherever you are on the spectrum of time.  And have a great weekend!  I’ll be back on Sunday or Monday.


54 Comments on “Lost in the details”

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  2. That’s quite a quote from Georgia O’Keefe, Robin! And frankly, I like the detail of the fencing in the first photo, but the fowl photos are dreamy and lovely. Nice to see your crocuses!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Lynn. 🙂 The crocuses were difficult to see this morning because of the weekend snow. The good news is that it looks like it will start warming up after this next winter storm blows through.

  3. Joanne says:

    Today’s walk with you was especially enjoyable Robin, (regardless of the cold weather!) as I feel that in reality I haven’t been for a walk for about a hundred years…between working, and the constant rain we are having right now, I’m getting cabin fever!

    I know what you mean about naming the wildlife that visits. I have named one of my kookaburra friends “Larry” and I sometimes question whether that was wise. I realised many years ago though that we can either go through life with a frozen heart and never feel the pain of loss, or we can open our hearts and also feel immense joy and happiness, along with the occasional times of sadness. It seems we cannot have one emotion without the other.

    Enjoy your weekend with Emma and Maddy. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Joanne. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      ‘Tis true what you wrote. I have to agree with you. It’s better to open up and feel the joy even if that means sadness at times too.

  4. I love the brown ones. Who knew it could be such a descriptive colour?

  5. vastlycurious.com says:

    You have quite the eye!!!

  6. I love the quote from Einstein! Beautiful photos, as always. Enjoy your weekend away!

  7. I love how winter and spring are all mixed up in the pictures. The last one looks like some kind of symbol in snow. 🙂

  8. Amy says:

    Too beautiful!

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  10. Just lovely, Robin! We had a sweatshirt-day, and left the jackets inside for a change…I hope your cold sweeps north this time, instead of paying us a visit!

  11. winter and spring seem to intermingle at this time of year and you’ve done a lovely job here of capturing that duality of spirits! Enjoy your time with the grands, precious moments indeed.

  12. Jo Ann says:

    I’m envious that your crocuses are up! Ours haven’t even peeper through the ground yet, although the daffodil tips are showing. I love the pictures, especially the one with the mallards and the circular ripples in the water. Enjoy your time with your grandchildren.

  13. Karma says:

    I hope the birds will succeed in singing in spring or singing out winter, whichever they choose is fine with me. I’m yearning for a taste of spring and a blue sky. You have a lovely couple of hints here. It has been gray and wintery-mixy for far too long!

  14. Phil Lanoue says:

    I got lost viewing these wonderful images! Super well done!

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  16. Kathy says:

    first of all, could I be a grandma too? Please? OK, you can’t comply with that wish right now? Darn the wabi-sabi nature of it all… grin…but hope you’re having a great weekend. You certainly shared another great post. Megwetch. By the way, speaking of banded birds, did you see the pic of the vulture on my most recent post that flew all the way from Venezuela to the UP? Can you imagine? Another miracle, as big a miracle as having a grandchild…

    • Robin says:

      Wellll… of course you can be a grandma too, Kathy, but your son or daughter will have to help you out with that one. 😀

      That’s a long way to fly! I’ll be over to visit soon and have a look at your traveling vulture. 🙂

  17. Dana says:

    I hope you have a great weekend with your granddaughters, Robin! Congratulations on the online sale, too. It wasn’t me this time, but I hope to support your wonderful photography again in the future. 🙂

  18. Madhu says:

    Amazing shot! Love the ripples in the water.

  19. QuoinMonkey says:

    Love these photographs. Great work. Details. Erosion. Reclamation. Back to the Earth we shall return.

  20. penpusherpen says:

    Had my Sunday Morning refill of your wonderful fresh air, Robin, and many congrats on your sale…. Squirrel was a particular interest… I didn’t know Cyril travelled so far (Heh!!) … Have a good get together with the grandchildren… bye for now.. xPenx

  21. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I like ‘snow on the path’ and ‘dusted holly’ best. Jane

  22. Robin says:

    And a big thank you for all the pingbacks! 😀

  23. Love the fence and geese photos, and also the trees that you can’t remember the name of – they look like aspens to me. Your squirrel is a very cute critter – looks a lot like our little “Squirrelly”.

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  25. Sallyann says:

    Love the detail on the fence, and the dusted holly is really pretty. 🙂

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