Fairy tale woods

Fairy tale woods

life is a garden,
not a road

we enter and exit
through the same gate

where we go matters less
than what we notice.

~ Bokonon

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Rambling into December

Baby pine, future Christmas tree

Baby pine, future Christmas tree

December finds himself again a child
Even as he undergoes his age.
Cold and early darkness now descends,
Embracing sanctuaries of delight.
More and more he stares into the night,
Becoming less and less concerned with ends,
Emblem of the innocent as sage
Restored to wonder by what he must yield.

~ Nicholas Gordon

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A leaf on the pond

How quick and rushing life can sometimes seem, when at the same time it’s so slow and sweet and everlasting.

~ Graham Swift

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Where frost and fog meet

Rumor has it I missed our first frost of the season.  But since I wasn’t here for it, today’s frost was my first of the season.

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256: Numbers

One peony, many petals

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Numbers.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, and decided to wait until inspiration arrived.  Or didn’t arrive.  It’s okay if I miss a photo challenge since it isn’t part of any of my ongoing commitments.

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Enchanted morning (12)

(Magic hiking shoes.)

Today’s plan was to take care of the household chores in the morning and go outside this afternoon.  The weather rumors were that it would be mostly cloudy with occasional showers in the morning so it made sense to dodge the clouds and rain, and hope for a better afternoon.  Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans.

About an hour after I rolled out of bed, the clouds parted and sunlight came shining through the kitchen window.  We currently have a low centered on and spinning around our area which means clouds and rain will persist until the stubborn thing moves out and that is not likely to happen until later in the week.  If the clouds part and the sun decides to shine, who am I to resist?  I put on my hiking shoes, bundled myself in a few layers (it’s cold outside), grabbed the camera, and stepped into the great outdoors where I was enchanted by the beauty of the morning.

(Sunlight, shadows, and green in the front yard maples.)

I started my adventures out front this morning.  The air was cold and damp and earthy.  The maples in that area are still fairly green with hints of red and yellow on a few of the leaves.  My eyes, feet, and mind wandered here and there until I got to thinking that walking the same territory day after day may result in one of two possibilities:

  1. I will continue to photograph the same things and it will become boring.
  2. I will discover new ways to capture the same things and it will give new life to my photography.
  3. Both.

I know.  I said one of two possibilities but it’s a little like those 5-part trilogies (Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker’s series comes immediately to mind).  Sometimes they go beyond the originally intended number.

I slowly made my way around the front of the property, past the barn, admiring the softness of the morning light.  I came to the standing stone, the one with the hole in it, and peered through the hole to look at the pond.

(In all honesty I have to admit that I took the photo of the standing stone yesterday.  I did peer through it today but didn’t photograph it because I am limiting the number of shots I take on these wanderings.)

(This morning’s view of the pond.)

The colors and light were gorgeous.  What was supposed to be a 30-minute walk turned into an hour of exploring.  It was the kind of exploration that enchants and entices, and I was eventually lured back to the woods again.

(Sunlight shining into an opening in the woods.)

(The creek running through the woods.)

It was a wonder-filled walk.  Relaxing and energizing at the same time in the same way yoga and meditation can be relaxing and energizing.

(Wood pile in the wildflower meadow.)

On my way back up the hill to the house I encountered a small flock of bluebirds who were feeding at the sunflowers.  They didn’t seem to mind me until I turned on the camera and lifted it to take a shot or two.  Before I could click, they were gone.

If a bluebird has come into your life, look for opportunities to touch the joyful and intrinsically native aspects of yourself that you may have lost touch with.  ~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

(Sun and cloud reflections on the pond.)

I think the hardest task in this project is going to be putting the walks into words.  Some days it will be easy as I don’t expect every day to be a magical day.  But on days like today, when I am open to the beauty that surrounds me, I dunno.  It’s hard to come up with the words to describe it.