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A visit to the dock

Near the entrance to the woods
Near the entrance to the woods.  (Gotta find the chainsaw to get the fallen tree off the road.)

When we enter the landscape to learn something, we are obligated, I think, to pay attention rather than constantly to pose questions.  To approach the land as we would a person, by opening an intelligent conversation.  And to stay in one place, to make of that one, long observation a fully dilated experience.  We will always be rewarded if we give the land credit for more than we imagine, and if we imagine it as being more complex even than language.  In these ways we begin, I think, to find a home, to sense how to fit a place.

~ Barry Lopez

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Have I used that quote before?  I think I may have.  That’s okay.  It is likely the message is different on this reading/use than it was the first time I used it (if I used it).

Let’s take a walk down to the dock.  We have to go past the garden to get to the entrance to the woods.  It’s likely we’ll meet a few rabbits along the way.  Since we have nothing except weeds growing in the garden, the rabbits are free to roam where they will.  I’ll have to put a gate or fencing on the entrance to the garden next year to keep the rabbits out.

Reeds grow on the path
Reeds grow on the path

The first time I went to the dock was during our first visit/look at the house and property.  The owner’s son-in-law took us back to the dock in his jeep.  It’s only a kilometer and easily walked, but we didn’t know that until it was time to come back and the jeep wouldn’t start.  It can be muddy on the road through the woods, and that was the reason the son-in-law thought it would be better to go in the jeep.  It’s not too bad out there today, but we have had rain over the past few days so it’s best to wear good hiking shoes or boots for this walk.

The boardwalk to the dock
The boardwalk to the dock

Things grow quickly here.  Grasses and other plants have sprouted and grown tall on the road/path.  My daily walks will take care of some of the growth.  The rest might not matter.  I don’t think we’ll be driving to the dock since we don’t have the type of vehicle one would need to drive on that road.

The dock is on Back Creek and overlooks the marsh.  The creek level is subject to the tides.  If you watch the things floating on the water (pieces of grass or leaves or seeds or specks of dust), you can tell if the tide is coming in or going out by the direction in which those things are moving.  Don’t let the ripples or waves created by the wind fool you.  They may not be going in the same direction as the water.

Have a seat
Have a seat

I almost forgot to tell you about the Guardians on the boardwalk.  There are two very large bees that hover around the halfway point of the boardwalk.  It’s almost as if they’re standing guard.  Well, flying guard since they’re not standing at all, but buzzing all around when they’re not hovering smack in the middle of the walkway.  Say hello, give the password (“Peace”), and they’ll move to the side and let you through.

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Have a seat on the bench, and enjoy the breeze.  There is almost always a breeze out on the dock.  It’s a lovely place to sit and just be.  There are swallows swooping and diving, hopefully eating a good share of the biting flies.  Red-Winged Blackbirds perch on top of the reeds in the marsh.  We might spot a Bald Eagle in the sky, or a Great Blue Heron or Egret along the shoreline.  Turtles poke their heads up out of the creek, and the Guardians buzz around behind the bench.

This morning's view from the dock
This morning’s view from the dock

There was a surprise waiting for me early this morning.  A rainbow!

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All things share the same breath — the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

~ Chief Seattle

Looking to the left
Looking to the left

A rainbow, of course, means there is rain somewhere.  It took me a minute or two to realize it was headed in my direction.

Looking to the right
Looking to the right

But we have a little time before the rain arrives, and we have to make our way back to the woods.

Peering into the reeds
Peering into the reeds behind the bench

Cultivating a generous spirit starts with mindfulness.  Mindfulness, simply stated, means paying attention to what is actually happening; it’s about what is really going on.

~ Neil Newman

The other half
The other half of the rainbow

We should move along before the rain hits.  Not that we’d melt, but I forgot to bring the raincoat for my camera (it’s really a shower cap, but the camera thinks it’s a raincoat).  Thank you for visiting, and joining me on the dock.  We’ll have to go out there to watch the sunset some evening once the clouds clear out.  The weather prognosticators are saying that won’t happen until the weekend although we’ve had quite a few sunny spells today.

Going back to the woods
Going back to the woods

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

Coming out of the woods and walking towards the Weathervane Building
Coming out of the woods and walking towards the Weathervane Building


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 “A visit to the dock

  1. very peaceful out on the dock with the guardians … do you have a little boat/kayak? our last morning here for a while … need a goodbye walk on the beach so had better get moving 🙂


    1. Have a great trip, Christine! 🙂 We don’t have a boat or kayak. Yet. M keeps talking about a kayak. Maybe we’ll win the lottery so we can get one. 😀


    1. The outside is, CM. I’m not so sure about the inside, though. Chaos reigns supreme in the house. I’ll be whining about it here on the blog later. 😀


    1. “Wild” is the perfect word for it, Cathy. I was just thinking that this morning. It’s almost savage out here. A cool spring evening would be nice. (It’s currently hot and humid.) 🙂


      1. Well, if it makes you feel any better, think of me in Oman with temperatures for the next 3 days of 108 and then cooling off to 105 after that! Cool breezes are what I can’t wait to find back in the USA, but since I’ll return at the end of July, I fear I’ll have to wait till October. 🙂


  2. The weathervane place is my favorite so far!!! Niche for writing!!! (in it or imagining, or both, I’m not sure!) Yay OOOO AAAAhhhh this morning!


    1. I think imagining might be better, Elisa. I haven’t looked inside the Weatervane Building yet, but I suspect something is living in there. It’s my favorite building on the property. 🙂


  3. Puff, Puff, Pant, Pant.. just…trying to keep up Robin, ..;-) … went down to the dock three times and back.. But I’m fit I can take it.. .(red face?..Nahh!! just a touch of the sun!!) .. Lovely photo’s, especially the rainbow, (I did a wish, does it still count on a photo? ) …Wishing you Happy Trails and sunshiny days.. xPenx.


Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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