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Meanwhile, back at the ranch Part 2

Warm as sunlight
Warm as sunlight

Just ’cause you’re following a well marked trail don’t mean that whoever made it knew where they were goin’.

~ Texas Bix Bender

Sunflowers & shotgun shells.
Sunflowers & shotgun shells.

We find the strangest things around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  Who would think to put together sunflowers, shotgun shells, and a bird to make a wreath?  Somebody did, that’s for sure.

Frog on a boogie board
Frog on a boogie board

The boogie board, on the other hand, makes sense.  We’re not that far from the beach.  A boogie board would be a good thing to have at the beach.

Old sign
of Old

So far, we’ve found two signs.  I showed you the Craft Supplies and Country Gifts sign in my Discoveries post.  I’m not quite sure what this sign is about.  Quite a few of the letters have fallen off, but it was something “of Old” and apparently they had ICE.  I can’t imagine they had a store out this way.  There is so little traffic that business would be a bust.

Crab crackers
Crab crackers

The crab crackers are my favorites of the latest finds.  Back Creek is, of course, the creek where our dock is located.  We haven’t done any crabbing yet (no time for it, or for learning how to do it and what to do with the crabs once we’ve caught them).  But it will be handy to have these crackers when we do get around to catching a few crabs.  I like the image, too.  The umbrella and sky are reflected in the glass table, giving the whole thing a watery look.

Free at last
Free at last

I think I mentioned yesterday that M and I freed the old truck bed from the weeds and vines.  I was thinking of using it as a sculpture of some kind, but M is finding it handy for hauling things around (he hitches it to his lawn tractor).

This one's for Terry.  (Rust on the old truck bed.)
This one’s for Terry. (Rust on the old truck bed.)

I never really looked at rust until I started following Terry’s blog, Mobius Faith Imaging.  He’s doing some really cool experiments with blur now.  Go have a look.  While you do that, here’s another shot of rust.

August 2013 044a

I’m not as talented with rust as Terry is, but there’s so much of it around here that I thought I should try a shot or two.

Marsh country
Marsh country

My favorite subject of late involves water and light.  We have so much of both here on the Eastern Shore that I have loads of opportunities to experiment with it.


That’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  It’s been raining off and on today.  Plenty of water to capture, but very little in the way of light.  Word has it that things will be heating up again, and the air will thicken.  I suspect that means the insect hoards will thicken as well.  Best to get outside now while it’s still cool and cloudy.  Perhaps the sun will show up for its set, providing more fun with light and water.

When the rain falls in the pines
Sometimes the sun shines when the rain falls in the pines

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

Nobody's home
Nobody’s home


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.

15 thoughts on “Meanwhile, back at the ranch Part 2

  1. “One man’s treasures are another man’s junk” … so they say .. or is it the other way around?
    I am glad that you are finding some uses or at least a smile or two at your newly found oddities. It is a very rainy day here in the woods, too.


  2. You do rust proud!!! 🙂 Rust is such an amazing texture and the variety of tones and colors of rust when mixed with various peeling, cracking, fading paints is just divine. Thanks for the mention. 🙂
    Great fun.


    1. I’m back. I can’t tear my eyes away from the second rust image especially. The mottled patterns and contrasts give this almost a 3-D feel.


  3. Interesting finds, and great creativity in taking pictures of them. The rust shots were an unexpected pleasure. Love the spiderweb with all the water droplets! My favorite is your very first picture — I feel like I could almost walk right into that picture and stroll down the woodland path! Lovely and serene.


  4. Such interesting finds…too bad the grandkids are still too little to help. A few years older and they’d think it a grand “treasure hunt”…Of course, then you’d have to save everything 😉
    Glad you’re back, Robin. I’m on a mini-break myself these days…


  5. You do find many interesting things in your explorations! I had to go back and look at the crab cracker picture a second time after you said the umbrella and sky were reflected in the glass table. When I first scrolled by I thought they were lying on piece of blue tarp or something of that sort – then I went back and saw the reflections. Very cool!


  6. Thanks so much everyone! 🙂 I’m still far behind and trying to get caught up. I really do appreciate your comments, and will try to keep up a little better.


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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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