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when the world is puddle-wonderful

Streaming
Streaming

There is a poem by e. e. cummings called [in Just-] in which he uses the phrase “when the world is puddle-wonderful.”  I thought of it today when I was out on my walk.  It rained overnight and rained all day and will likely rain all night tonight.  The yard around the house looks more like a series of streams and ponds than a yard.  The driveway is underwater.

puddle wonderful
puddle wonderful

How do I enjoy a rainy day?  I put on my slicker and my wellies, and go out and splash in the puddles.

Buds and buds
Buds and buds

The rain is warm, almost tropical.  There must be life in the drops that are falling to earth because it looks and feels as if Spring arrived overnight.  The trees are wearing their spring aura, looking almost ready to burst into leaf or flower.  Daffodils I didn’t know we had popped up out of the ground.  Those that I did know about are opening and blooming.  A close look at the wax myrtles and cedars show new growth.

Puddles in the woods
Puddles in the woods

My favorite things to photograph in the rain are the pine and cedar trees.  They hold on to raindrops as if they are precious jewels.

Jewel drops in a loblolly pine
Jewel drops in a loblolly pine

The trunk of the cedar is beautiful in any weather.  It looks gray when it is dry, but in the rain, reds and greens emerge.

Trunk of a cedar
Trunk of a cedar
The flow of rain
The flow of rain

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

~ Alan Wilson Watts

Life in the cedar
Life in the cedar

Most of the cedars here on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch are at the edges, near the marsh.  They are at the edge of the woods where it transitions to marsh, and at the edge of the yard, another marsh transition point.

Holding the rain
Holding the rain

Let life happen to you.  Believe me: life is in the right, always.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Letting go
Letting go

Thanks for taking a walk in the rain with me today.  I have more snow pictures I want to show you eventually.  Maybe I’ll save them for the hot days of July and August when it will feel good to look at the cold of winter.  I also have a few around-the-house photos.  I should set a date for a post about the house.  I get so wrapped up in nature around here that I forget some of you would like to see the progress we’re making.  How about Wednesday, April 2?  That sounds like a good date to me.

Catcher in the rain
Catcher in the rain

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂  And when you get the chance, go out and splash around in the puddles.  You won’t regret it.

Beauty in the woods
Beauty in the woods
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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.

22 thoughts on “when the world is puddle-wonderful

  1. Nothing better than walking in the rain, Robin, (so long as it’s not pouring down too hard to see of course!! 😉 ). Lovely damp photo’s , especially of the glistening raindrops, you can almost smell the freshness in the air. Beautiful. Now about that date? April 2nd sounds good to me… Loved seeing Mr. Heron on the header, posed to perfection methinks. HNTrails. xPenx.

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  2. We had the most incredibly hot and dry summer here Robin and I also felt puddle-wonderful when the rain began this last week….the grass turned green overnight, just as daffodils popped out of your ground, but yesterday the tropical heat set in, and it felt like summer again, so hot and sticky, and the weather channel tells us this morning that we have 101% humidity. I wonder if that is their way of emphasizing the clamminess?!!

    In the area where we live, when the settlers first moved in, cedar trees by the thousand were cut and either used for establishing new buildings, or shipped out of the area and sold! I had no idea how beautiful the colours of the trunk in the growing tree would be, you are very fortunate to have those trees there.

    Wednesday sounds good….I’ll be here! I’d love to see the progress you have made in the house….oh, but it will be Thursday for me. 🙂

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  3. This made me smile. You remind me of Kathy in the UP…you enjoy things the rest of us might not notice. My favorite of these (besides your header which is so gently lovely) is the truck of a cedar. It made me stop and examine, lovely color. Glad you enjoyed your rain!

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 Kathy and I have a lot in common, and it was Kathy who inspired me to get outside every day for a year after reading about her year of stepping out the door every day. It was a life-changing year that taught me to be more aware. I walked the same paths most days, and learned that they are not the same paths from day to day. There’s always something new to discover. I’m not sure I would have learned that without Kathy’s experience and example to follow.

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  4. such a fresh and deliciously wet post Robin .. our rain has almost gone, just a drizzle this afternoon, and the ants are busy excavating … but yours is soaking in and doing those trees and that earth so much good … hurray for rain, and for change!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. 🙂 I’m afraid the rain is starting to overstay its welcome. We had over 1.5 inches yesterday, and it’s still pouring today. It might change over to snow this evening.

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  5. Puddle splashing, how wonderful! Your pictures are lovely. How nice to feel warm rain. We’ve got rain too,but it is still a bit raw feeling outside to enjoy the puddles. I do love doing that in the summer time after a quick rain shower – I go outside barefoot and splash in the puddles on my driveway enjoying the warmth and wet together.

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    1. I know what you mean about the raw feeling, Karma. The temperature here has been dropping and the rain is now becoming Too Much. We might get snow this evening. I like snow and all, but it’s getting rather late in the season for it. I’d like to get my garden growing. 🙂

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