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High tide in the woods

97% full
97% full

Divide the constant tide and random noisiness of energetic flow, with conscious recurring moments of empty mind, solitude, gratitude and deep…slow…breathing.  Of this, the natural law of self-preservation demands.

~ T. F. Hodge

Where the marsh meets the woods
Where the marsh meets the woods.

We were not able to get a look at the last super moon earlier in the week.  Clouds obscured our view, and it wasn’t until Wednesday night that we finally got a glimpse of the not-quite-full-anymore moon.  We watched the moon rise from the beach that night.  I was surprised at how much light pollution there is in Ocean City, but the moon was bright enough that it didn’t matter.

Super high tide in the woods
Super high tide in the woods.

The full moon conspired with the wind this week to give us some super high tides.  When that happens, the woods flood.  The Woodland Trail, the Yellow Buoy Trail, and the Deer Skull Trail were all under a few inches of water during high tide a couple of times this week.

At the edge of the lagoon at super high tide
At the edge of the lagoon at super high tide.

If you don’t mind, I’m going to ramble on a bit while I show you how watery it has been.

The Woodland Trail becomes the Woodland Stream
The Woodland Trail becomes the Woodland Stream.

I have not felt like blogging lately.  I have been focused on other things, including my health.  I’m not ill, mind you.  Just trying to prevent future illnesses.  I’ve been working with my new primary care physician on some health goals I’ve had for a long time, such as lowering my blood pressure which was a lovely 116/68 on Tuesday, my last visit to the doc, without medication.

Another view of the Woodland Trail
Another view of the Woodland Trail.  (The ripples in the water are caused by small fish swimming around in the newly made stream.)

Weight has been an issue for a while, and I have yo-yo’d with it over the years.  I put on an extra five pounds over the past year.  The stress of the move is partly to blame.  You might not think five pounds would make a big difference, but it does.  My body has a kind of set-point when it comes to weight.  If I go over a certain weight, my lower back and hips start to hurt, and my knees are not appreciative of the extra load, either.

Water swirling around flowers found on the trail
Water swirling around flowers found on the trail.

My objective between now and December, when I see the doc again, is to drop those extra five pounds along with another five or ten.  At this point in life, the weight comes off very slowly.  I’ll take whatever I can get after losing the extra five.

It's deeper than it looks, but you won't need hip boots.  Wellies will do.
It’s deeper than it looks, but you won’t need hip boots. Wellies will do.

Exercise would be helpful, but the best I can do right now is walking (because of ye olde knees).  The doc said, “Slow down.  What’s your hurry?  Walk… walk… walk…walk…walk.”  He said it in such a gentle, almost meditative tone of voice, his voice fading with each “walk,” and his advice plays through my head when I start to speed up or jog around the house.

Just a few puddles here.
Just a few puddles here.

So, I’m slowing down, and taking care of myself.  You’d be surprised at how much energy and focus that takes.  Or maybe you wouldn’t be surprised, if you’re practicing your own form of extreme self-care.

Walk slowly and carefully.  The path is slippery when wet.
Walk slowly and carefully. The path is slippery when wet.

You have a great body.  It is an intricate piece of technology and a sophisticated super-computer.  It runs on peanuts and even regenerates itself.  Your relationship with your body is one of the most important relationships you’ll ever have.  And since repairs are expensive and spare parts are hard to come by, it pays to make that relationship good.

~ Steven Goodier

A little lean
A little lean

I reckon that’s it from me and from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  I know I’m behind in responding to comments, especially those from my wind turbine post earlier in the week.  Thank you to those who responded with thoughtful and thought-provoking comments.  M and I are still researching the subject, and although it looks as though our leanings are con rather than pro, we are trying to keep our minds open to all possibilities.

Long shadows across the temporary stream.
Long shadows across the temporary stream.

Do you have any plans for the weekend?  I think we’re going to be hanging out here, working around the house and the ranch.  A well specialist is coming by today to shock our well.  There are iron-eating bacteria that cause a nasty, sulfurous odor, so we have to have it treated once a year or so.  That will mean no water usage for 24 hours.  That’s not a particularly long time, but it is a small inconvenience.


Clouds have been moving in throughout the day so I’m not sure there will be much of a sunset.  I might head down to the Point anyhow.  Just to look at the water.  Join me down there, and we’ll see what Mother Nature and Father Sky have to offer us today.

The fantasy version.
The fantasy version.

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

Today’s joys:  Water (one has to appreciate water to live here!); the beauty of the woods; fish jumping and splashing in the lagoon; a bountiful harvest; good health.



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.

15 thoughts on “High tide in the woods

  1. We can’t wait to see you. I hope to creep through to see the other plant. We miss you r terribly and hope we can return to semi normal

    Pix are alway award winners. Lessons are needed.


  2. The Harvest Moon has been very beautiful this week … however, it became our light pollution .. the Northern lights are suppose to be extra bright this weekend, but old Mr. Moon is shining pretty bright.
    Love your radiant light pict …


    1. Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂 I would love to see the Northern Lights someday. We had a brief glimpse of them in NE Ohio a few years ago. It was a very rare occurrence, and so faint we almost missed it.


  3. I love how you play with your photos in editing, so much fun. I find my patience for editing very low these days. Maybe that will change when the days that you love so much have set upon us once again 😉 . I believe in focusing on prevention of future health issues is huge – kudos to you. Hoping the program I’ve been following will have the same sort of effect.


  4. Beautiful pictures Robin.

    I’m with you. I have a set weight for my body to feel well and I passed it up about twenty pounds ago. I am ready to recommit to healthier, to be happier longer. 😉


  5. I’ll join you on the struggle to keep the weight within reasonable limits… walking through those lovely woods ought to help, while I head for the shores. We can do it!


  6. Ahhh, the weight gain as we all get older. Seems to happen to most of us, doesn’t it? Hoping you are able to find that good balance. After last night, things are calming down a bit for me. Seems like I’ve had lots to do since the book tour in mid-August. Now there’s hardly anything (besides work) on the calendar for two weeks. Should be an interesting change.


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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