In between

The tulips are coming up

The tulips are coming up

Beginnings are sudden, but also insidious.  They creep up on you sideways, they keep to the shadows, they lurk unrecognized.  Then, later, they spring.

~ Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

More daffs in the woods

More daffs in the woods

Although there are many signs of spring and life to be found in the great outdoors, today does not feel very springlike.  In fact, this time of year when we’re in between and the seasons are battling it out, it almost feels a little dead.

Bringing magic to the woods

Bringing magic to the woods

That is very likely a reflection of my mood.  When I went out for my walk it was dreary, gray, and snowing (even though the weather folks were predicting a dry, no-precipitation, day).  I found a dead possum under the maple tree, and bones in the woods.  It just doesn’t feel alive out there today (even though I know very well it is).

(Side note that seems to cover both life and death:  On March 15th I saw turkey vultures flying overhead.  That was my first sighting of them this year.  I bet the Buzzards of Hinkley returned right on time.)

A dark gray day

A dark gray day

Inspiration is hard to find.  I have taken hundreds of photos of winter, of dried grasses and flowers, of the bones of the trees.  I am ready for something else.  Life.  Color.  Spring!

Colored reflection

Colored reflection

March is a month of considerable frustration — it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.

~ Thalassa Cruso

Cattail wishes

Cattail wishes

It’s not all doom and gloom here in the Bogs.  The Great Spring Cleaning project continues.  M started painting one of the bedrooms today, and that fresh coat of paint really livens up the place.  I’m looking forward to when we get to the dining room and living room.  I bought the paint today, and think the color I picked will add a lot of light to those rooms.

Even on dark and gloomy days there is light to be found

Even on dark and gloomy days there is light to be found

Tomorrow I’m going to tell you where to find my new blog home.  Within a day or two after that, I’ll be moving in and hope you will join me over there.

A little brightness in the dark woods

A little brightness in the dark woods

Some of you already know where my new blog home is because you’re already following me there for other reasons.  I was surprised yesterday when I posted there for the first time in months at how many people stopped by.  I didn’t realize I had more than one or two followers at that blog.

Black walnuts

Black walnuts

That’s it from the Bogs on this dreary Sunday.  Someday, I hope, we’ll see the sun again.  Maybe on Friday.  There is snow in the forecast for the rest of the week.

Empty nest in the woods

Empty nest in the woods

Thank you so much for stopping by.  My apologies for the gloominess.  I’m sure things will brighten and cheer up soon.  🙂

A little green for St. Patrick's Day

A little green for St. Patrick’s Day

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

~ Hal Borland

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26 Comments on “In between”

  1. Phil Lanoue says:

    Fantastic images! Love the purple!

  2. dadirri7 says:

    i think we need to experience the grey, dull, gloomy things, otherwise there is no contrast with bright sunshiny things … however my family in paris are also full of longing for summer … aussies are not used to long winters 🙂

    • Robin says:

      That’s true, Christine. Without the dark, it’s hard to appreciate the light. That said, a little sunlight would be most welcome as it seems like we’ve had an awful lot of grey, dull, and gloomy lately. 🙂

  3. The birds add life to the in-between season. You photos are lovely, and I will be sure to stop by flickr so I do not miss them.

  4. Pat Bean says:

    You earned a Bean’s Pat as the Wondering Wanderer’s blog pick of the day. Check it out at

  5. It felt magical in these pictures all right. LOVED Magic In The Woods.

  6. Robin, I feel your weariness; it has been a repressive late winter. “I am ready for something else. Life. Color. Spring!” Yes! Me too! Let’s celebrate when it arrives 🙂

  7. Dana says:

    A lot of people I read seem to be feeling the winter blahs these days, Robin. I’m sure the sun will peek out or *something* more spring-like will happen soon and lift you out of the grey. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Hopefully, Dana. Right now there’s no sun in the forecast until the end of the week. AND we’re under a winter storm warning until later today. I keep reminding myself that winter has to leave eventually. 🙂

  8. I need to paint that last quote on the wall above my office door, where I can see it from the desk…

  9. penpusherpen says:

    we’re waiting to spring clean, Robin, ’til the sun shows it’s recalcitrant face… and the snow flurries and rain scurries are a memory… (mayhap try next year then… only joking 😉 ) ’tis hard to feel down when out and about seeing nature getting on with it’s normal business, she pulls up her sleeves, (green ones of course) and knuckles down to every dirty job. I shall take a … leaf (?) out of her book …and do the same….. erm.. when it warms a bit…. Have a great week my friend, and wonderful photo’s , a pleasure viewing them…xPenx

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Pen. I usually wait until spring actually gets here, but decided to get an early start this year so I could open up space for new things to happen. 🙂

  10. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. The walnuts are beautiful. I also like ‘cattail wishes’. We are quite far behind, although I do see my lilies poking up along the house. Jane

  11. Amy says:

    All are so beautiful! I especially like the A little brightness in the dark woods.

  12. Karma says:

    I believe your sentiments are what a grand majority of us in the northeast, midwest and Great Lakes regions are feeling! Enough with winter already!(says she on yet another snow day home from school – SIGH!)

  13. Looks like I finally got back to you in the nick of time. I’ll find you at your new home. Did you explain somewhere why you made the move?

    • Robin says:

      I did, Christine. It’s a short explanation, and one that’s become more clear now (I suspect). I ran out of media space here so that was one reason, and then there’s the move to Maryland. 🙂

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