292: Time consuming

Today's view of the pond

Wow.  What a difference a new computer makes.  Things move along at a much faster rate now.  Or they would if I knew what I was doing.  I’ve gone from Windows XP (which I loved) to Windows 7 (which I’m not quite even liking just yet).  I think companies such as Microsoft make changes purely for the sake of change (in other words, somebody who wants to keep their job comes up with something new to justify their continued career with the company).  I really don’t care for the way the Library is arranged on Windows 7.  That said, I’m sure I’ll get used to it eventually.

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285: Summer seduction

A hazy summer day, somewhere in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Sultry, steaming, sweltering … Slow down.  Or stop.  It’s time to shed ambition and expectation, along with commutes, clothing, cellular phones, calendars.  Now our wants seem to diminish.  Is it because our needs are met?  A shady nook, a cold drink, a cool breeze — whether indoors or out.  A respite from the rigors of the day.  Time off for good behavior.  Summer is not so much a season as a melody, that tune of contentment we hum as the days begin to beautifully blur.

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

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272: Getting freaky in the woods

Summer Solstice in the Woods

Yesterday evening, before the storms hit, I decided to wander back to the woods to get some Summer Solstice shots of the creek (as part of my contribution to Scott’s Assignment:  Four Seasons 2011).  I donned the appropriate clothing, including my ugly hat to keep the deer flies away, and slowly hiked to the back of the pond and down into the woods.  I got stopped along the way by a few things that caught my attention.

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269: Wings and things

Sunday Signage

I like the idea of something being consistently good, especially fruits and vegetables.  You really can’t ask for more than that from a business.  I took this photo when we were in Canton for the Blues Festival.

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251: Pulchritude

(Dragonfly and pond lights)

Pulchritude has to be one of the oddest words for beauty I have ever seen or heard.  There are so many other words that I think say it better, and I often wonder if anyone ever uses the word pulchritude and if so, what would be the occasion for using it?  It’s all a matter of perception, I suppose.  There are some out there who probably adore the word pulchritude.  Beauty is, they say, in the eye of the beholder.

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48: Finding color

(Yellow berries hiding under the willows.)

Even this late in the fall there is still plenty of color to be found outside.  There are lots of greens, browns, reds, and yellows.  Some are hiding.  Others are showing off as brightly as they can.

(Red leaves.)

I was surprised to find dragonflies still hanging out near the pond.  I would have thought they had all moved on by now.  The mild weather must have fooled them.

(Red dragonfly.)

The rhododendrons need to be covered soon.  The deer find them crunchy and delicious and will clear off all the leaves if we don’t put some netting over them to keep them out.

(Green leaves.)

I did a series on colors over at Bountiful Healing.  Those posts are my most popular blog posts at BH.  If you want to have a look at them, click over to Bountiful Healing and look for them in the right side bar under the title The Color Series.  You will find links to each one there.

(Brown horse.)

(Red, orange, and yellow sunset.)

Today’s Walk

One of the first things I do now when I go outside is clean out and refill the bird bath.  This morning the water was frozen solid.  We’ve had several frosts, as you know.  Today was the first time I’ve seen ice.

(Ice and sunlight in the bird bath.)

It is another gorgeous, unseasonably warm day here in the Bogs.  It went down into the 20’s last night but will be warming up to near 60 again today.

I met a cat on the path heading towards the woods.  I don’t know if it’s one of feral cats that roams the property or if it belongs to one of the neighbors.  I wasn’t able to get a good look at it, mostly just a silhouette against the background of the grasses and wildflowers.

(Cattail reflections.)

The kingfisher was particularly chatty today as he swooped back and forth across the back of the pond.  I saw it dive headfirst into the pond, fishing for breakfast.  Our is a belted kingfisher.

If a kingfisher has come to you, prepare yourself to dive into something new.  Have you been avoiding the new?  Have you been afraid to take the plunge?  Are you needing new warmth?  Don’t worry.  If a kingfisher is around, you won’t drown.  In fact, you will find that, as a result, you will have new sunshine and prosperity unfolding within your life.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

I did an hour of yoga practice before heading outside this morning.  Yoga helps me start my day feeling relaxed, loose, and open to whatever comes my way.  Most of the time.  There are days when I’m just not there or my practice leads me in other directions.  Today when I finished my practice and as I walked around the pond, I felt as though I’d somehow shed some of the old to make way for something new.

42: Fairies in the woods

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And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know.  There are fairies everywhere:  under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day.  So listen, touch, and look around — in the air and on the ground.  And if you watch all nature’s things, you might just see a fairy’s wing.

~ Author unknown

The photos are from today’s walks.  Did you see the golden-winged fairy?