Posted in Air, Autumn, Earth, Eastern Shore, Fire, Lagoon, Mindfulness, Nature, Photography, Quotes, Spirit, Walking & Wandering, Water, Wonder

The rapture of being alive

A light in the cyprus
A light in the cyprus

People say that what we are all seeking is a meaning for life.  I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking.  I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. . .

~ Joseph Campbell

Wanderers drifting on the wind.
Wanderers drifting on the wind.

It is such a beautiful day here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  It looks and feels like autumn with a brisk, chill wind and a brilliant blue sky.  Seeds from the sea myrtles drift through the air, and every time the wind gusts, more seeds take flight.  If you stand by the lagoon and watch, sometimes there are so many fluffy white things floating around that it almost resembles a snow shower.

Sparkles and seeds
Sparkles and seeds

The elements are combined in a playful way.  The scent of earth, dry leaves, and pine needles float on the air with the seeds from grasses and myrtles.  The fire of the sunlight sparkles and dances on the surface of the water.

Sun dog
Sun dog

Two sun dogs scampered across the sky, playing in the few slender, wispy clouds that graced the sky this morning.

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It is an excellent day for a hike or a walk or plain old ramble.

Above
Above

I’m not sure it’s a great day for flight, but the birds don’t seem to mind the strong gusts of the wind too much.  There were plenty out and about while I was on my walk.  A large flock of swallows winged their way across the marsh, followed by a large flock of sea gulls.  There must be something good to eat out that way, something that is attracting all the birds.

Below
Below

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before?  What if I knew I would never see it again?”

~ Rachel Carson

Floating on a sea of pine needles and leaves
Floating on a sea of pine needles and leaves

So far, autumn here on the Eastern Shore is different from autumn in the Bogs, yet it has similarities as well.  The colors of the foliage are not as vivid as in the Bogs.  That may be due to the dry weather we experienced in September.  The evergreen trees and shrubs around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch outnumber the deciduous trees so there is a lot more green than we had at Breezy Acres.

02 October 2012:  The dogwood.  Breezy Acres, Ohio.
02 October 2012: The dogwood. Breezy Acres, Ohio.

I miss the little dogwood tree we had near the pond in the Bogs.  It was my favorite tree to watch over the course of the seasons.  I have not found any dogwood trees here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, but I haven’t explored the entire property yet, either.  M and I are hoping to blaze a few trails into those unexplored areas soon, now that the weather is cooling off and the insects are less bothersome.

Crepe Myrtle leaves in their autumn colors
Crepe Myrtle leaves in their autumn colors

The Crepe Myrtle tree may replace the dogwood for me as the tree to watch over the seasons.  I’ve taken a lot of photos of the leaves, the bark, and the flowers when they were blooming.  We have two Crepe Myrtles on the property, guardians on either side of the driveway as you get close to the house.  They were not well cared for, and will require pruning.  Did you know the myrtle flower was said to be sacred to the goddess Aphrodite?  In the language of flowers, it is associated with true love and marriage.

Common Buckeye
Common Buckeye

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.  Don’t claim them.  Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.

~ Jalaluddin Rumi

Stretching up to the sky
Stretching up to the sky

That’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this gorgeous Friday.  Thank you for stopping by.  Do you have any plans for the weekend?  I’m thinking about going to 3rd Friday in Salisbury tonight.  It looks like fun.  I might also head to the beach tomorrow evening to watch the sunset and the moon rise.  It depends on the weather.

Whatever your plans, have a great weekend!

Changing with the times
Changing with the times

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

Brilliant!
Brilliant!

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the 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.

22 thoughts on “The rapture of being alive

    1. Thank you, Kathy. I was going to type “I hope your weekend has been a good one,” but I already know it has, what with miracles happening and all. 🙂

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  1. Great photos, Robin. I love the moth image.

    Going to the beach sounds inviting. Tomorrow we have a party to attend, and on Sunday we are going higher up into the Andes to Caja National Park. There may be an “s” on the end of Caja. Guess I better figure that out.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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  2. Wow, some real beauties you’ve shared here. The wanderers in the wind and the sparkles and seeds are my favorites. “And I ran, I ran so far away….gotta get away” – do you know what I am referencing in your post? 😉

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  3. Robin, crepe myrtle is one of the trees I miss from southern Virginia; I hope you show some photos of them next summer! And I love the Joseph Campbell quote, a wonderful alternative to thinking about “why we are here.” 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Lynn. 🙂 I took photos of the Crepe Myrtles while they were blooming this summer, but not many of the photos came out well. I’ll have to take my time with them next year.

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  4. It’s interesting reading about & seeing your fall colours, Robin – sounds similar to our (also coastal) region in that evergreens also dominate the landscape here, and our deciduous trees are not nearly as vivid in fall as they are in central & eastern Canada (and presumably Ohio). Nevertheless, they’re beautiful in their own – more subdued – way. Love that buckeye image BTW.

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