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The colors of November

Timelessness
Autumn hues in the sky

It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a rare and beautiful country lies in between.

~ Diane Ackerman

Luscious
Luscious

It started with yesterday’s sunset.  A rainbow of colors were splashed across the sky.  What I didn’t know was that they were a hint of things to come.

Splashes of color
Splashes of color

The bay window in the master bedroom here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch faces east.  We put up shades for the sake of privacy should we ever need it, but rarely use them.  The gradual lightening of the sky in the early morning when night gives way to day usually wakes me up.  It’s a lovely way to transition from sleep to wakefulness.

Moonrise and sunset
Moonrise and sunset

Sometimes I stay in bed for a while and watch through the window as the sun and sky come together in a display of colors.  This morning I was pulled out of bed by a promise of something wonderful being hinted at in the sky.  I had no idea what it would be, just that it would be.

The sun will be here soon
The sun will be here soon

When I stepped outside, I didn’t think about which way to go.  I headed west, through the woods and out to the dock.  Whatever had enticed me out of my warm bed insisted that it wasn’t the sunrise I wanted to see.

Early morning
Early morning

As I made my way through the woods, I caught a flash of color.  I thought it must be the sunrise lighting up and painting the clouds.  There is a cold front on the way, and this one really will bring some cold.  They are having their first real snowfall in the Bogs from this weather system.  Our weather people on the Eastern Shore are saying we might have snow flurries today, with the wind chill making it feel as if it’s in the 20’s.

When the Golden Hour and Blue Hour meet
When the Golden Hour and Blue Hour meet

As I rounded the last curve in the woodland path, I saw the colors peaking out between the trees and grasses.

Magic happens
Magic happens

I ran out to the dock because these things are often so fleeting.  I apologized to my knees, but as it turns out, they didn’t seem to mind the exercise.  Soreness and pain are cured by awe and amazement, it seems.

Through the marsh
Through the marsh

Be still, and the world is bound to turn herself inside out to entertain you.  Everywhere you look, joyful noise is clanging to drown out quiet deperation.

~ Barbara Kingsolver

Capturing the ephemeral
Capturing the ephemeral

The light, the silence, and the colors were breathtaking.  The rainbows, for there were two of them, lasted for more than ten minutes.

The morning sky
The morning sky

I felt myself expand into the sky.

The storm approaches
The storm approaches

Eventually the rain and wind swept in, and it was a whole new world of dark clouds and cold gusts of air.  There was beauty in that, too.

Echoes of the rainbow in an old oak tree
Echoes of the rainbow in an old oak tree

Thank you for visiting on this blustery day, and joining me on my early morning walk.  I took my time making my way back to the house.  The rain that came while I was on the dock didn’t last long, but shortly after I ducked inside, the wind began to rage and the temperature plummeted.  I suspect there will not be many leaves left on the trees after today’s storm moves through.

One more look before we leave the dock
One more look before we leave the dock

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

NaBloPoMo November 2013

Today’s joys:   Early morning magic arcing across the sky.  The songs of the wind.  Cuddling to stay warm.  Fresh carrot juice.  The limitlessness of the heart.

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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.

40 thoughts on “The colors of November

  1. Wow, how wonderful that something within you drew you outside for those photos. I love rainbows and these are just lovely. I don’t feel I’ve ever had such a strong feeling as what you’ve described here, but I do believe sometimes it is more than coincidence that gets us to look in the right direction. I recently saw a magnificent meteor, lower in the sky than I’ve ever seen a shooting star, and I only caught the glimpse for having looked up at just the right time.

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I think it’s more than a coincidence, too. It could be that we’re paying attention enough to pick up the subtle hints on some subconscious level. Or it could be something more mysterious than that. Whatever the case, it’s always good to pay attention.

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 Your comment fit some of what I’ve been thinking about my photography lately. I jokingly told my husband I should call it Ephemeral Photography because I rarely print anything, and I delete a lot of it. It’s here today, gone tomorrow, but nice to have around for a little while.

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  2. Lovely. I would have a hard time getting out of my warm cozy bed if I knew the temp was only going to be in the 20’s…
    I’m so impressed to see you’re doing the NaNoWriMo challenge AND blogging. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Rosie. 🙂 It’s not easy to leave a warm bed when it’s that cold in the morning, but I’m so glad I did. I’m just doing NaBloPoMo (the blogging challenge). NaNoWriMo is beyond my skills. For now.

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        1. Hi Rosie. 🙂 NaBloPoMo is National Blog Posting Month. I’ve been doing it every year since 2006. I thought about skipping it this year, but it’s become a tradition for me and it didn’t feel right not to do it. It was through NaBloPoMo that I met some of my blogging friends. Some I’ve actually met in person. BlogHer took over NaBloPoMo a few years ago. It was originally started as the blogging answer to NaNoWriMo, for those of us who aren’t ready (or willing) to write a novel. Here’s where Eden Kennedy, the woman who started NaBloPoMo explains it better than I can:

          http://www.blogher.com/eden-kennedys-top-five-reasons-joining-novembers-nablopomo?from=bhspinner

          And here is where I tried to explain why I’m doing it again:

          https://breezesatdawn.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/

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  3. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee a DOUBLE RAINBOW!!! I am so glad to be reminded of this feeling and being so close to it that my own insides went up with the joy. I am pleased for this one nice thing in one quiet moment that I’ve got alone today. It makes the trek worth it.

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  4. Wow. Don’t you think there has to be something bigger than us that makes us get up and go exploring when there’s something magical to discover. Love that last look…and the oak leaves are pretty special too. I read this on my phone while we were in the car driving and couldn’t respond because I only have patience to do short words on the phone. Typing with one finger is not my thing. And this deserved more than just one short word! 🙂 So I waited.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dawn. I appreciate your patience because I truly appreciate your comment. I do think there must be something that calls to us from time to time. 🙂

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  5. What a wonderful surprise! Usually it has to be raining and sun-shining at the same time to catch a rainbow that brilliant and with that long of an arc. Love the photos, and I’m glad you got to enjoy the day before the storm blew in. Your photos always make a person wish they were there!

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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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