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Holly fades to black

Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table.  Even a tiny fleck of it stops time.

~ Diane Ackerman

Up above
Up above

I love the quote by Diane Ackerman.  I often feel this way when I’m out on my daily walks.  Filled with wonder, often at the smallest things such as the way a beam of sunlight falls through the canopy of the trees and perches on the leaves and berries of a holly.  Time does seem to stop as I stand and watch the light, engrossed in the details of the leaves, and absorbed by the shadows.  Then I look up, at the tops of the trees, and see how the same light silhouettes some of the trees and brings out the details of the bark on others, and I’m once again in awe.  It’s not about the how’s or why’s.  It’s just that it is, and I am amazed by what is.

Blades and feathers
Blades and feathers

In another sense of the word, I often wonder what it is that draws me to certain things.  The grasses, for instance.  I must have thousands of photos of grasses, yet I continue to find myself captivated by them.  I watch and photograph them dancing in the wind or covered in dew or dripping with raindrops.  From the greens of spring to the browns of fall and winter, I am enchanted by the grasses in the fields and meadows.

A small frog by the pond
A small frog by the pond

The critters dazzle me with their charm, too.  The little frogs along the edge of the pond, the birds singing, calling, and flitting around, butterflies, moths, bunnies, everything except the deer flies and mosquitoes and ticks.  I try to be fascinated, in a good way, with the deer flies and mosquitoes and ticks, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

What about you?  Do you wonder?  What is it that makes you wonder?  What moments have you experienced lately that brought about a sense of wonder?

Time stopped
Time stopped

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope your Monday has had moments of wonder and delight.

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

Layers of wonder
Layers of wonder

Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.

~ Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn



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.

18 thoughts on “Wonder

  1. When you see the world and all its splendor, and then photograph it, there is a sense of seeing your world through your eyes. The quotes are so fitting for today’s beautiful photographs!


  2. My Momday pretty much sucked. But I’m trying to make Tuesday better. So far not so much. But I promise to look for some wonder on my walk at lunch. I’m going now. I will be better when I get back.


  3. I love the quote by Betty Smith; if we can keep that awareness of seeing something for the first time, our life will always be filled with wonders. Great post, with great images. I particularly like the first one, a little dark and mysterious.


    1. Thank you, Otto. 🙂 I love that quote, too. It’s something I do try to keep in mind when I’m out for my walks. When I’m successful, the world is filled with wonders.


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