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Sky and wings and other things

Puff
Puff

A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…  It feels an impulsion… this is the place to go now.  But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.

~ Richard Bach

Up in the air
Up in the air

The rains have finally moved out after dumping close to another two inches of water on us.  Everything is well watered now.

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Clouds were left behind to decorate the sky.  A variety of different cloud personalities float overhead throughout the day.  Some are gray and gloomy.  Others look threatening, but move on without incident.  My favorites are the big white, puffy clouds that look like towers rising upwards.  The wisps, feathers, and little puffs have a certain charm to them, too.

Over the pond
Over the pond

You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Blue Bird of Happiness
Blue Bird of Happiness

I sat on the porch during the early evening hours yesterday and watched the birds.  It was quite a colorful show.

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Blue Birds, Indigo Buntings, American Goldfinches, and a Baltimore Oriole showed up.  I didn’t catch the Indigo Buntings or the Goldfinches.  They were too swift and playful, their colors a blur across the landscape.

King Bird
Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern Kingbird rules this particular perch.  Kingbirds are very territorial and will defend their space and nests against larger predators such as hawks, crows, and even squirrels.  He looks pretty serious, doesn’t he?

Caught in the grass
Caught in the grass

I spent a few hours today painting Bedroom 3.  I was not very smart about it.   The room was not as well ventilated as it should have been, and I ended up feeling dizzy and a little sick.  I am going to leave the rest of the painting until the cooler months when the windows can be opened (without letting in hot air).  Many deep breaths of fresh (hot) air later, I’m feeling fine, but I don’t want to do that again.

Washed ashore
Washed ashore

I guess that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Thank you for visiting.  Happy 4th of July to those of you celebrating it!  M and I are celebrating an anniversary today, too.  We met on the 4th of July a short and long time ago.  It’s been 38 years since we met at the Jersey Shore, but sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday.

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

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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.

25 thoughts on “Sky and wings and other things

    1. Thank you, Ellen. 🙂
      It’s amazing how many toxic things we use around the house. I won’t soon forget to open the windows when it comes to painting (or cleaning!).

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  1. happy anniversary, how lovely to remember the date you met 🙂 … love your wisdom of the clouds … if only we were as wise … stay safe with all your hard work renovating!

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  2. ah Robin, I’m too late to wish both you and M happy Anniversary of your meeting. (better late than never always springs to mind. but it still doesn’t feel the same ) I’m not much of a decorator, I’m the helper, my other half does all the intricate work with wallpaper, I can wield a handy paint brush tho’ if you’re in need of one. 🙂 I never tire of watching birds, so your photo’s just hit the spot. Happy New Trails to you and M xPenx

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  3. Lovely, lovely bluebirds – we never see them here! Hope the day got better after your head cleared – summer is no time to be painting, unless it’s outside 🙂
    Now about that boat with the washtub stuck in it….all I can see is Really Cool PLANTERS! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Marie. 🙂 I think they’d make really cool planters, too. I gotta work up the nerve to see what might be living in them before I start turning them into planters.

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  4. How lovely for the birds to pose so nicely for you! Nice day to have an anniversary of sorts – with fireworks to celebrate if you so choose. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 That’s the wonderful thing about having met on the 4th of July. There are always fireworks somewhere to help us celebrate.

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  5. Nice photos. I could not help looking at the birds feet .. we call it sitting … however, how could that possibly be comfortable? 😉
    Climate difference … you have gorgeous ripe raspberries. The wild raspberries around my house are in the flowering stage. The strawberries at the local pick your own farms are 2-3 weeks late this year due to the fact winter lasted until May.

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    1. I know, Bearyweather. When I looked at these photos, I thought the same thing. The bluebird looks as if he’s being poked.
      I’m amazed at the climate difference, even between here and northeast Ohio. The fruit and veggies I associate with late August are already in season here. Everything has come in so fast and soon, that I miss most of the good stuff because it takes me a while to figure out what I’m seeing IS local and not shipped in from Florida, California, or Mexico.

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  6. Happy Meeting Anniversary. Well .. I know ours was sometime in September 1974 …. meanwhile, the swath of rain has delivered several days of off-on rain from the south the past several days …. and I think the pattern will continue.

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    1. Thank you, Frank. 🙂 We had a rainy week like that last week, and I see the rain will be moving back in again around the middle of this week. Just as things finally dried out.

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    1. Me too, Nancy. Clouds have always fascinated me. 🙂 Thanks for the Pin. One of these days, I’m going to join Pinterest. I’m sure it will only take a minute or so to do it, but I suspect it will ultimately be another way for me to spend too much time online.

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      1. I can spend too much time on Pinterest, but I find it suits my brain power real well at 3 am when I can’t sleep. I also like that I can pin things there of specific interest to me and then find them again later.

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