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Hidden in the fog

Foggy morning.
Foggy morning.  (Strong winds last week, or maybe it was the week before, knocked out a panel of wood on the door of the shed.)

Water, stories, the body,
all the things we do, are mediums
that hide and show what’s hidden.

~  Rumi

Slowly baring all.
Slowly baring all.  (There’s a spider web bonus for those who look carefully.)

The clouds descended on us yesterday in the form of fog, and stayed until well after noon.  I was surprised to see it hang around that long.  Usually the sun will burn it off or the wind will carry it away shortly after sunrise.

Out in the meadow.
Out in the meadow where the fog weaves in and out.

I went out just before sunrise, or what I surmised was just before sunrise since we didn’t actually see the sun until later in the day.  Foggy days usually find me walking around the meadows looking for spider webs and glowing dewdrops.

Back Creek hidden in the fog.
Back Creek hidden in the fog.

I started towards the meadows, and made it as far as the scrounger’s garden (some of which is pictured in the image that started this post), when my body decided it wanted to go through the woods and out to the dock instead.  My mind was a little surprised by this, but willing to go along.

Shrouded in fog.
An island illusion.

I am often awed by whatever instinct it is that sets me off in just the right direction on these early morning walks.  It’s not something that will often happen later in the day.  Maybe that’s because I’m too awake later in the day, and less willing (able?) to let instinct guide me.  Yesterday was one of those mornings when I looked outside, dressed, grabbed the camera, and stepped out the door without caffeine, without thought, without a plan, without expectations.

I made my way through the woods, listening to the drip of dew and the call and drumming of some kind of woodpecker.  Little birds rustled in the tall marsh grasses.  There were scratches on the trail, and deer tracks.  It’s rutting season and the bucks (whitetail deer) are on the move, leaving bare patches on the ground and markings on the trees.  When I got close to the boardwalk that leads to the dock, I heard water splashing and my first thought was that someone must be kayaking on the creek.

I caught someone fishing off the dock.
I caught someone fishing off the dock.

Standing on the dock, I heard more splashing going on around the bend in the grasses.  I couldn’t see who or what was over there.  Maybe it was a deer trying to get away?  I was still on board with a kayaker or someone canoeing because it just sounded like someone in the water rather than someone trying to get out of the water.  Then I noticed a strange thing.  Fish jumping along the shoreline.  Not just little fish, either.  Some of the fish were a good size.  They were jumping ahead of something moving towards them.

Blurry, but clear.
Blurry, but clear.

It was the otter!!  I have caught glimpses of an otter swimming around in Back Creek, but I’ve never been able to get a good look at him or her.  I waited in stillness (the hummingbirds taught me how to be a statue so I know how to do this well), watching the fish and the ripples in the water, and right near the dock, less than four feet away, Otter popped up!  How do I know it was less than four feet?  Because I had my telephoto lens on the camera and it will not, ever, focus on something less than four feet away.

Well, Otter must have been just as curious about me as I was about him or her because he or she hung around for a while, sometimes looking straight at me.  I greeted Otter and Otter greeted me, and then he or she went back to chasing the fish.  Breakfast, as we all know, is the most important meal of the day, and when you have to catch your breakfast, you best get it while the gettin’ is good.

Are there any fish over there?
Are there any fish over there?

Otters awaken curiosity.  They remind us that everything is interesting if we look at it from the right angle.  They are playful and seem to have fun at whatever they are doing…

… Honor otter and it will teach you not only how to have fun, but it will reawaken a new sense of wonder at life and all things within it.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

On the dock later in the day, after the fog lifted.
On the dock later in the day, after the fog lifted.

What an awesome gift the early morning fog brought!  I left the dock not long after Otter took off, and wandered back to the house, knowing that what had drawn me out had taken place and anything else was a bonus.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I am going to have to apologize once again for not keeping up.  I try.  Truly, I do.  I am in the medical loop (as I think of it) right now, and it’s keeping me occupied to some extent.  I will tell more when I know more, but don’t worry.  All this vagueness isn’t hiding something terrible.  I’m still looking for information and I don’t want to speculate because sometimes the mind goes off in directions I’d rather it didn’t take.  At any rate, I’m hoping to visit you at your place (blog) soon.

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The roses are still blooming.

It’s chilly and rather gloomy today so I don’t think we’ll be able to watch the sunset.  The clouds are so thick that I doubt things will clear out within the next hour.  Sunset today is at 4:52 PM.  I might go out to the dock anyway.  You never know what might happen.  Meet you out there if you’re willing.  Let’s go without expectations.  That way, we’ll be surprised by whatever happens.

This morning's sunrise through the garden maple.
This morning’s sunrise through the garden maple.

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

Today’s joys:  The compassion and kindness of those I’ve met in the medical community here; the rainbow colors on the sweet gum trees who are holding on tight to their leaves; a pair of Eastern Bluebirds greeting me this morning; another early morning walk in the woods (no Otter this morning, but it was still nice to be out on the dock during sunrise); M, because he’s always a joy and I don’t want it to ever, ever seem as if I’m taking him for granted.

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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.

24 thoughts on “Hidden in the fog

  1. The otter is wonderful, your health update is good to hear and I am grateful for the update, the fog is mysterious and just right for otters I am sure….. I read a book so many years ago I can’t now say when, called ‘An Otter In My Bath’ there were I think a series of books. They totally entranced me. Your experience brings that feeling back.

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  2. I hope this is a metaphor for your personal passage, now, Robin- that what emerges from your fog of uncertainty will prove as harmless and instructive as your otter friend. He was a true messenger, and I’m happy he brought you joy yesterday morning. Your fog photos are quite fabulous. Was the web off to the far left in the photo? We had fog yesterday, too, which lifted quite suddenly while we were out taking photos. You found an otter, we found a family of swans on a nearby pond. All in all a beautiful day. Hugs, WG

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      1. My husband loved your otter photos. One of our favorite wild things! They always bring such joy, just to see them. And we were amazed to see the swans again. It’s been months, and the family is now all grown up 😉 Enjoy the weekend! WG

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  3. What a delightful surprise Otter must have been! And you to him, I’m sure. You left him alone. You didn’t bother him. I call that delightful! I love the bottom picture of the sunrise through the maple tree. It’s absolutely magnificent!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. 🙂 I don’t carry other lenses with me when I go out. It’s a good way for me to learn to make do with what I have. I’m not always successful at it, but it’s been a good teaching tool.

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  4. I’ve never seen an otter in the wild before. Now I can say I have! Love all the photos…favorites are the shed and the slowing baring spiderweb tree. Hoping for good news for you. Thinking of you often.

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  5. Isn’t it nice to discover what you were drawn outside for? What a nice encounter in the fog. It looks like that mist lifted nicely to yield a lovely day. I hope all is well in your health corner, Robin. Take care. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. 🙂 It is nice to know what draws me out. That doesn’t always happen, and then it remains a mystery. As for my health corner, I’m stuck in the medical loop right now, scheduled for tests and things I’d rather not do. Hopefully it will all turn out to be nothing much.

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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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