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The beauty between

September 2013 062ab
The light across the pond

Robin, look between the sights, hear between the words, feel between your heart and mind, and there you’ll find me conspiring on your behalf, with magic, miracles, and more.

And look between the moments too.

The Universe*

*The Note from the Universe I received today.

Hello!
Hello!

As I experience it, appreciation of beauty is access to the soul.  With beauty in our lives, we walk and carry ourselves more lightly and with a different look in our eyes.  To look into the eyes of someone beholding beauty is to look through the windows of the soul.  Anytime we catch a glimpse of soul, beauty is there; anytime we catch our breath and feel ‘How beautiful!,’ the soul is present.

~ Jean Shinoda Bolen

Light in the Yucca leaves
Light in the Yucca leaves

I want to show you how beautiful it was here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch this morning.  The sky was an amazing shade of blue.  The sunlight fell at an angle that allowed me to look through and between.

Deep in the woods
Between the woods and the marsh

What I really want to show is the light itself, and sometimes that’s difficult to do.

Luminous
Luminous

There was a glow to the morning that the camera doesn’t pick up.

Cedar
Shafts of sunlight in the cedars

The thing which we speak of as beauty does not have to be sought in distant lands… It is here about us or it is nowhere.

~ Allen Tucker

Woodland light
Woodland light

I spent quite a bit of time in the woods today.  I haven’t spent much time there during the hot days of summer.  It’s too buggy, and the humidity is sometimes overwhelming.  The woods border the creek and marshlands, and it often feels as though the humidity hangs in between the trees and on the paths.  Today the breeze was strong enough, cool enough, and dry enough, to drive the humidity out of the woods and out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Gold in the marsh grasses
Gold in the marsh grasses

Tell me, can you see beauty?  Can you let it renew your commitment to life, every day? … I want to be awed every day by the truth — pretty or painful — and let it open me to the beauty that surrounds me and draws me deeper and deeper into my own life.

~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Caterpillar lacework
Caterpillar lacework

Seven people voted yes for a group/blog walk so we’ll go ahead and start planning it.  I’m going to wait a bit to see how the weather goes before setting the dates although I can tell you it will be sometime in October.  Walk (bike, skate, swim, run, hop, skip, jump, or dance) whatever distance you like, wherever you like, and then paint us a picture of your walk in words or images or music or whatever suits you and your blog.  You’ll have a full week to complete your walk and blog post, and then I’ll sum it all up here with links to your posts.  As always, the rules are loose and easy so if you need more time, ask and you shall receive.  I’ll be sure to remind you about it occasionally so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of life.

Still beautiful
Still beautiful

That’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed the walk.  I have a busy weekend ahead that includes time for family and friends.  How about you?  Any plans?

Echoes
Echoes

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

Today's view from the dock.
Today’s view from the dock.
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Author:

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.

12 thoughts on “The beauty between

  1. It was a lovely walk. I know that morning light that you are talking about, it is quite beautiful and I never feel my camera is able to quite share what Mama Nature has shown us. I am behind on my blog reading once again now that I am back in the swing of the school/work routine – I will have to go read about you wanting to do another blog-walk-along! That was fun last time!

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  2. That illusive morning light. I’ve seen it too, and never quite got it right with the camera. But I know it when I see it! Can’t wait for the group walk! Will be spectacular!!!

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  3. Hi Robin. Nice walk. I found a walnut in its husk on my walk this morning (no walnut trees in miles!). I love the little bird in ‘hello!’ … took me quite a while to realise it was a bird I was looking at! Jane

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  4. Thank you so much everyone. Pardon the one big thank you rather than individual responses. I am once again at least a month behind and paddling hard to catch up. 🙂

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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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