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Turn about

Waves on the pond
Waves on the pond

Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow’s joy is possible only if today’s makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.

~ Andre Gide

Sunrise on a spring day before the snows came.
Sunrise on a spring day

While I was out on my walk this morning I got to wondering why I was finding it so difficult to appreciate the day.  It was 17 degrees (F).  The sun was the brightest I’ve seen it in ages.  Snow and ice were sparkling and twinkling in that bright light.

Illuminating the entrance to the woods
Illuminating the entrance to the woods

Had this been a January day, I would have been gushing about how beautiful winter looks in the sunlight and hoping for more snow.

Catching the morning sun
Catching the morning sun

My problem is that my mind believes it should be spring.  The birds and plants seem to agree.

A blue morning on the pond
A blue morning on the pond

The weather, however, does not.  The weather, however, will not for at least the next ten days.  There is no warm-up in sight.

Strips of sunlight
Strips of sunlight

If you can accept the flow of life and give in to it, you will be accepting what is real.  Only when you can accept what is real can you live with it in peace and happiness.  The alternative is a struggle that will never end because it is a struggle with the unreal, with a mirage of life instead of life itself.

~ Deepak Chopra

This is what is real
This is what is real

I packed away my snow suit and other gear about two weeks ago.  It was an act of desperate optimism.  I was trying to will it to be spring.  Mother Nature is laughing at me now.  That’s okay.  I’m laughing with her.

The crocuses are hardier than they look
The crocuses are hardier than they look

North of us, where M and I like to cross-country ski, they may be getting enough snow for skiing.  Mother Nature is giving us the opportunity to get in another round of skiing or sledding or hiking in the snow.   Maybe more than one round.

Today's big view of the pond
Today’s big view of the pond

Mother Nature is granting me permission to ignore the asparagus bed that so badly needs weeding.  Instead, I can get out and play a little before the warm weather work sets in.

Ignore those buds on the trees right now.  Spring is on hold.
Ignore those buds on the trees right now. Spring is on hold.

Mother Nature is so wise.

Going with the flow
Going where the wind takes you

We had some visitors here at Breezy Acres yesterday.

The Buzzards are back in town.
The Buzzards are back in town.

I was happy to see the buzzards.  (They’re really turkey vultures but everyone around here calls them buzzards.)  There was a dead possum out near the garden and it seemed a shame for it to go to waste.  Eventually there were about seven or eight buzzards gathered, and the possum is nowhere to be found today.  The buzzards are a good clean-up crew.

Can you see her?
Can you see her?

Late in the afternoon, while the sun was shining and a snow squall was spitting out big snowflakes, a red fox came by to hunt in the meadow.

There she is!
There she is!

She was too far away for me to get a great shot of her, and I had to wait for the snow to let up a bit, but I finally got one in which she’s recognizable as a fox.  I watched her for a while.  It looked as though she was pretty successful with her hunt, catching mice or moles or voles or whatever little creatures had come out of hiding.

On ice
Iced in

That’s it from here in the wintry Bogs for today.  Thank you for visiting, and joining me on a just-after-sunrise walk.  I know it was cold, but I learned that a little appreciation can warm things up considerably.  Maybe tomorrow we can go play in the snow.

Thank you, too, for following me over to this new place.  There won’t be too much more change going on in terms of content.  At least not right away.  I’m playing with some ideas, but it will be a while before they come to fruition.

Icy starburst
Icy starburst

Traveler:  What kind of weather are we going to have today?

Shepherd:  The kind of weather I like.

Traveler:  How do you know it will be the kind of weather you like?

Shepherd:  Having found out, sir, I cannot always get what I like, I have learned always to like what I get.  So I am quite sure we will have the kind of weather I like.

~ Anthony De Mello

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24 thoughts on “Turn about

  1. You saw a fox! And buzzards! Lucky you. But you packed away your snowsuit already? That may not have been a good idea, lol. By the way, what kind of camera do you have? Just wonderin…

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    1. I did, Kathy! I was so thrilled to see them (the fox AND the buzzards). The buzzards always return on March 15th (and they did so again this year). And no kidding about putting the snow suit away. That was silly of me. All I did was dare Mother Nature to teach me a lesson. lol! I have Kodak EasyShare Z981 (I had to go look because I forgot what model it is). It’s a point & shoot with some manual features. Someday, when I win the lottery or a camera company (Canon, Nikon, makes no never mind to me) wants to sponsor me, I’ll get a DSLR. 😀 In the meantime, I truly do appreciate what I have. It’s a good camera.

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  2. Beautiful pictures and thoughts. 🙂 Your new blog is really lovely.
    We are having an extended winter here also and I keep putting the gloves and hats away, only to drag them out again a week later. Tonight there is heavy snow forecast for much of the UK – very unusual for us in March. As much as I love winter, I’m getting very tired of it now! Here’s wishing you sunshine and warmth! (And much love). xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Nickie. It’s great to see you. I remember having to send you some snow over the winter months. Perhaps I sent too much?? lol! Wishing you the same (and much love, too!). 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Marie. I love them too. I recently saw a bunch gathered near an empty house and it was the coolest sight. I wish I’d had my camera with me.

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  3. Absolutely lovely, Robin. Love the first water photo and the fox! We had foxes here until they tore down the forest nearby for an obnoxious housing development. I miss seeing them. Its cold and sunny here too, but the Iris reticulata began blooming yesterday and the birdsong is revving up every morning. I guess I am trying to will spring into existence too 🙂

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    1. You have flowers blooming, Lynn??! Lucky you. The only thing blooming here right now are the snowflakes. The birds are still sounding very spring-like, though.

      Thank you. 🙂

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  4. Mother Nature certainly has a great sense of humour Robin, the tricky so ‘n so has covered Great Britain in snow, and It’s Easter soon, …. I’m looking out now into the garden and the birds are chasing about to and fro from the full bird table to the spruce trees as the white flakes are falling like feathers… Haven’t set eyes on Cyril the Squirrel for a while, I do hope he’s ok… My what a Spring it’s been, (and continuing to be) .. Lovely photo’s above, and the Fox seems to be posing ‘just so’ for you… Checking you out methinks… The Weather forecaster here says there’s more snow on the way, and to get the snow sleds out… I’ll pass, and keep hugging the radiators… ’tis just the thing for me…. Have a wonderful week-end, and keep warm… xPenx

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    1. lol, Pen! I recognized you, even incognito. 😀 More snow coming here too. It just doesn’t want to quit. Ah well. I’m sure spring will get here eventually (unless we’re experiencing a new ice age?).

      Thank you. 🙂

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  5. Spring is definitely on hold here, too. You saw a fox standing still! The only times I’ve ever caught a glimpse of one it would be quickly running across my path. Yours is very handsome. I love the ‘icy starburst’ shot, and the ‘this is what is real’ one, too. The simplicity of your new blog is very serene and calming…

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  6. Oooo I’m anonymous… wearing a balaclava Penny tiptoed forward… looking about …. and fell over, she’d forgotten to cut eye holes in the woolly hat… um.. Just forgot to click the WordPress thingy I suppose Robin, … xx

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  7. I understand that vultures are a sign of spring. I didn’t know that until recently. You were able to get a much closer shot at those not-so-cute faces than I was a few days ago! Very cool on the fox too; I occasionally see them sneaking through the back yard but have never managed a photo.
    It is the end of March; we are all weary of Mama Nature’s winter shenanigans and would love for her to get dressed up in green!

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    1. Thanks, Karma. 🙂 The vultures (or Buzzards of Hinckley) have a day dedicated to them here in northeastern Ohio. They return every year, like clockwork, on March 15th. I actually felt kind of thrilled when I spotted my first vulture this year on the 15th. The fox was a lucky break. I think she was enjoying the sunshine and slowing down a bit just for the warmth of it. I hear ya on the greens. I’m certainly ready for them!

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