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Is this it?

A Christmas scene in late March
A Christmas scene in late March

Acceptance is observation of life and suspension of judgment about whether what is happening is good or bad, right or wrong.

~ Ron Smotherman

Old Man Winter is making himself right at home.
Old Man Winter is making himself right at home.

Well, of course this isn’t it.  Not at all.  The snow we woke up to today is just the beginning of another round.  The weather prognosticators have snow in our forecast through Thursday.  And then another dose of it next Monday.  But maybe that’s an April Fool’s joke.

It's so beautiful.
It’s so beautiful.

Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.

~ Epictetus

Sigh
Sigh

Acceptance isn’t always easy, is it?  It should be, I suppose.  What is, is.  It’s not as if we could wave a magic wand and make Spring instantly materialize.

Overhang
Overhang

I couldn’t wait to go out for my walk this morning.  It looked so beautiful.  Everything was covered with a heavy snow, the kind that sticks to the trees and bushes and grasses, and creates a winter wonderland.  Like a child on Christmas morning, I rushed out to see what gifts the weather had brought us.

A winter painting
A winter painting

Old Man Winter and I had a nice, long chat.  He’s not ready to leave yet.  Who can blame him?  It’s lovely here in the Bogs when Old Man Winter decorates.  I did remind him, however, that there are other places in the world waiting for him to arrive.  While he could stay here forever, it’s probably not for the best.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Mother Nature will chase the old guy out eventually.  The birds told me so.

Duck, duck...
Duck, duck…

Acceptance is a letting-go process.  You let go of your wishes and demands that life can be different.  It’s a conscious choice.

~ Gary Emery

Goose, goose
Goose, goose

It is odd, and a little confusing, the way it looks so much like winter yet feels and sounds so much like spring.

In the corner
In the corner

Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.  So suffering must become love. That is the mystery.

~ Katherine Mansfield

Serenity on a snowy day
Serenity on a snowy day

Thank you for visiting me on this snowy Monday.  I hope you enjoyed the walk.  It is very peaceful out there in the snow.  Not quiet, though.  The birds are singing their spring songs in rhythm with the fall of the snowflakes.  I didn’t feel the cold too much.  There is something  curiously warming about snow.

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Dove in the morning snow

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just be.  🙂

A walk in the snow
A walk in the snow

The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong.  The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions.

~ Dave E. Smalley

Harmony
Harmony

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

27 thoughts on “Is this it?

  1. Lovely birds; I particularly like the pretty dove! I’m not so enamoured with your weather, seeing as ours is much the same. Where is spring?!

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    1. They live here year round, Tammy, but we don’t usually see them at our pond until spring (probably because the surface of the pond is usually iced over).

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  2. “It is odd, and a little confusing, the way it looks so much like winter yet feels and sounds so much like spring.” Perfectly said, Robin; very odd to hear spring birds and see deep snow. Sigh. I am practicing patience 🙂

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      1. I agree. Our local Daffodil Society just cancelled their spring show because there is no bloom. On the other hand, orchard owners are grateful because they lost much of their apple and peach crops last year to late frosts after early warm weather. I keep trying to remember that.

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  3. Oh, I love all the magical snowlight you captured so beautifully in these pictures, Robin! Winter can linger just a bit longer if he wants to, but I hope he leaves enough time for Spring to do her thing before Summer arrives. 🙂

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  4. Brrrr… times like this Robin, if you’re dressed for t’weather that is, it’s a treat to be out ‘n about, … I walked faster than you though and arrived home early, so I’m toasting you with a glass of Baileys… (something about this weather always changes me into an ‘almost’ alcoholic… I find myself adding Brandy to the Hot Milk, and erm… Hic!! Mayhap I should stop now…before it becomes a habit… I blame Winter Overstaying his welcome, ‘cos Madam Spring wants to spread her skirts and set the plants growing, the birds nesting and life beginning anew….Happy trails my friend.. The Sun is shining here, snow is melting and… the Baileys is being put away for now… oh alright…and the Brandy… sheesh!! 😉 xPenx.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. 🙂 Unfortunately, it’s not always this pretty. It used to be, but our winters have changed over the past few years so there is a lot of gray but not nearly as much snow.

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  5. Well at least this weather event allowed to generate beautiful composition. It is difficult enough to get a shot of a heron in warm weather, to do it in those conditions is most admirable, and a wonderful result. 🙂

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