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Layers

Mysterious morning in the woods
Mysterious morning in the woods

The longer you are in a place, the more you get under its layers.

~ Frances Mayes

Layers of fog, layers of trees
Layers of fog, layers of trees

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Layers.  Life itself consists of so many layers that it was both easy and difficult to decide what to use.

Foggy garden
Foggy garden

I kept coming back to the photos I took on our last foggy morning.  The fog itself adds a layer of mystery to the landscape.  Light, shadows, color, and sound are altered in the fog, creating another layer to add to the overall scene.

Clouds come to earth
Clouds come to earth

There is no space in consciousness, no distance.  There are levels of perception layered by oscillation like strata of a cake, but it’s all the same cake.

~ Stuart Wilde

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What I would really like to have shown you in regards to layers is a Smith Island Cake.  I never heard of Smith Island cakes until we moved here.  They’re quite popular, and you can find them in lots of stores between here and the beach.  They package them for tourists and locals, ready to travel.  Most of the restaurants we’ve eaten in have it on their dessert menu.

Layer of fog in the background
Layer of fog in the background

Smith Island, in Somerset County, Maryland, is actually multiple islands located in the Chesapeake Bay.  It’s on my list of places to visit, and not too far from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  A Smith Island Cake has 8 to 15 thin layers of cake with creme or frosting in between.  The most common flavor is a yellow cake with chocolate frosting, but they come in all kinds of cake and icing flavors.  The Smith Island Cake is the official dessert of Maryland.

Layers of leaves, layers of trees, layers of fog
Layers of leaves, layers of trees, layers of fog

I have sampled the Smith Island Cake on a couple of occasions, and it is a scrumptious dessert.  I had one that was so rich that the thinnest slice was more than enough.

Back Creek on a foggy morning
Back Creek on a foggy morning

In kitchen news…

It’s a day off from kitchen work, although it’s still a wait-around day.  The missing cabinet will be delivered sometime this afternoon, and they will be picking up the damaged cabinet while they’re here.  I made an executive decision just a little while ago.  I called Designer Gal and told her that I don’t want a repaired cabinet.  Send it back, bring us a new one.  It was one of the most expensive cabinets we ordered because it’s custom made, and there is no reason for me to settle for a repaired cabinet.  Designer Gal and Co. will not be out anything because it was damaged when it was packed, and I imagine the company that made the cabinet will know best how to repair it, if that’s what they want to do.  Or they can sell it at a cheaper price because of the damage.  I don’t think it will go to waste.

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Boathouse

That’s about it from me and from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Thank you for dropping in and exploring layers of fog with me.  I hope Thursday has been good to you.

Layers at sunrise
Layers at sunrise

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

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NaBloPoMo November 2013

Today’s joys:  Watching the clouds move in and out.  Working in the woods.  Making a decision I can live with.  Tart cherry juice.  Warmer weather.

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.

18 thoughts on “Layers

  1. “Mysterious morning in the woods” is the photo I had to keep going back to for another look Robin, the dappled sunlight and mist give the photo a very mysterious air. Good on you for returning the damaged cabinet. I would say that is a very wise executive decision you made. You will be using your kitchen every day, and multiple times every day, and I’m sure that knowing it had been damaged, even if repaired, would bug you.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. 🙂 I think it was the right decision because, as you noted, it would bug me if I didn’t return it and get a new one. I was trying to be nice and cooperative and all those good things, but I think sometimes it’s better to be firm and insist on getting what you paid for.

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  2. Love the haze, the fog, the clouds … the first image captured my attention, and remained in my mind as I was reading and seeing the others. Good call on returning the cabinet.

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  3. LOVE the mist and fog. It makes one see the landscape in an entirely different light.

    So glad you didn’t settle for a repaired cabinet! You deserve what you paid for. Good for you!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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  4. LOVE that first one, the curving trees, the light…just perfect!

    Glad you made the executive decision about the cabinet. You deserve new stuff that is not damaged. We had a similar experience with a cabinet. Took weeks of arguing before they built another one. You spend a lot of money, it should not be damaged before you put your first pot or pan away.

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