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Nearing the end of another year

Early this morning.
Early this morning.

Walking.  I am listening to a deeper way.  Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.  Be still, they say.  Watch and listen.  You are the result of the love of thousands.

~ Linda Hogan

Beautiful sky.
Beautiful sky.

M and I are home, on a brief hiatus from traveling.  The day has been spent doing laundry, repacking for the next round of travel, and getting the house ready for the house-sitter.

Foggy, frosty morning.
Foggy, frosty morning.

We had a lovely visit with M’s family up in Pennsylvania on Christmas day.  Gifts were exchanged, tasty food was eaten, and there was a lot of laughter and good conversation as we got caught up with one another.

Dreaming in pinks and blues.
Dreaming in pinks and blues.

I woke up early this morning and went for a walk as the sun was coming up.  The colors in the sky were incredibly beautiful.  Off to the west, what sounded like thousands of geese were honking.  There were gunshots, too.  I’m not sure what season it is for hunting.  Some sort of waterfowl since the sounds were coming from the direction of the creeks, rivers, and bay.

Frost in the myrtles.
Frost in the myrtles.

The air was cold and slightly damp.  There was a layer of frost covering the plants in the meadows.

When goldenrod becomes purple.
When goldenrod becomes purple.

Not only are there before and after, but there are also beginnings and returns.  Not only is there the creation of the humans, formed of corn or clay, with a breath of wind or a god, but there are mythic destinies.  Sometimes myth is formed by the body and what happens to it, especially in the realm of pain, depth, and birth.  Phantoms of generations past are in our bodies.  These explain us to ourselves.

~ Linda Hogan

Frozen in time.
Frozen in time.

As I walked this morning, I wondered about the people who have walked here before me.  I wondered about the beginning of time in the meadows.  It was that kind of morning, where the mind wonders as the feet wander.

A twinkle here and there.
A twinkle here and there.

After my walk, I hung laundry on the line to dry.  It was an optimistic thing to do.  The day is sunny and clear, but the clothesline doesn’t get much sun in the winter months and there is very little wind today to help things along.  I’ll know by the time this post goes out if the line drying was a successful venture or if I’ll have to throw it all in the dryer.  It should be mostly dry so dryer time won’t be too long.

Growing lighter.
Growing lighter.

M and I are meeting up with our granddaughters and their parents tomorrow.  I can’t tell you the where and what of it right now.  When we return I’ll have plenty of time for showing and telling.  I am looking forward to seeing them, with anticipation rather than expectation.  (Thank you, Eric, for teaching me that.)

Frosted grass.
Frosted grass.

We will also be going out to the old homestead for a few days where we’ll have yet another Christmas celebration.  It’s fun to be able to have all these different celebrations.  Each one brings something different to the season.  Different people, sometimes different traditions, or at least a mix of old and new traditions.

Sunrise colors in the frosty meadow.
Sunrise colors in the frosty meadow.

I’d better get moving along and finish up the repacking of the suitcases.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope your holidays have been joyful, filled with love, laughter, warmth, and light.  I am going to run out to the dock to watch the sunset.  I might not have a lot of time, but it seems a shame to miss it while I’m here.  Meet you out there.  Sunset is now at 4:50 PM.  We’ll need to be there about twenty minutes early in order to catch the sun before it slips down below the trees on the horizon.  It’s not too cold today (in the 50’s), but you’ll want a coat, hat, and gloves once the sun goes down.  The temperature drops pretty quickly.

Holiday lights.
Holiday lights in the meadow.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂  I’ll be back next year unless I get a quiet moment or two and an internet connection in the next week or so.

Today’s joys:  The beautiful colors at sunrise; the sparkling lights in the meadows; the call of the geese, inviting us to go adventuring with them; fog and frost, ice and sunbeams; a bird in the backyard who sounds a lot like a monkey laughing (it made me laugh to hear it).

Landing.
Landing.

Author:

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.

35 thoughts on “Nearing the end of another year

  1. Your grass photos are divine – and those sky shots are amazing. I wish I was a morning person, but if I get out early, it’s because of my insomnia! I did walk out to see the sickle moon last night as it set – it was huge! Perhaps the solstice moon is closer? Who knows?
    Hope your travels go smoothly.

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I used to be a morning person, but now I’m just practicing. I’m going to be spending time with my granddaughters and they get up early, early, and I have to be up if I want to fit in as much time as possible with them. I saw the sickle moon going down too, and marveled at how big it was!

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    1. Thank you so much, Marcy. 🙂 That last shot was a mistake which makes it super lucky! I was trying to focus in on the heron and s/he must have seen the light on the camera so all I could do (after a few choice words) was shoot and hope for the best.

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    1. Thank you, Corina. I did just that. It will be a long while before I get to see my granddaughters again so I made sure to get plenty of hugs and kisses. 🙂

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  2. Hard to believe 2015 is so close at hand. Sounds like you are having a wonderful holiday season. I hope it continues for you. Love the blue heron shot at the end – nice capture!

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    1. Thank you, Karma. 🙂 I was trying to catch the heron standing on the shore, but he must have caught the light or movement because he took off. Lucky for me he didn’t go far. I like this shot better than the one I was lining up.

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  3. It sounds like you are enjoying a wonderful Christmas season, with family both young and old. We are doing the same here, but as most of our family either live nearby (or they haven’t left home yet!) the only travelling we are doing right now is to the local shops for more food. Enjoy your travels, Robyn and M, and if I don’t get another opportunity over the next couple of days, here’s wishing you both a brilliant 2015, filled with love, laughter and joy. ❤

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  4. The heron is astonishing, as are your frost pictures. And you have the prose to go with it! Your quote on the thousands gone before us reminded me of a sentence from Of Time and Memory: “Let us hope that we are preceded in this world by a love story.” Happy new year.

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  5. All the pictures are spectacular- the goldenrod, the frosted grass – but that holiday lights in the meadow. Magical.
    I’m hoping that crane/heron pix is a foreshowing that unexpected beauty and wonder is in flight ready to land in the next year.
    Wishing you rest and fun during the “In-Between Holidays Week”.
    (now the laundry calls here …it never stops, does it?)

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    1. What a wonderful thought, PhilosopherMouse. Here’s to unexpected beauty and wonder in flight for 2015! 🙂 No, that laundry never stops. I remind myself to be grateful that there is laundry and that I’m not washing it all by hand. Sometimes it works.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. 🙂 It is wonderful, but at times I think it would be nice to have one big celebration with everyone all in one place. That hasn’t happened since my childhood, though, so I will have to enjoy the separate celebrations.

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      1. I know what you mean. It’s better if we can get together with everyone all at once instead of traveling to and fro and seeing bits and pieces of people. I’m glad it was still fun though. 🙂

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    1. It was wonderful, Chris, although I wish we could have found time to see you and J. Hopefully we’ll be able to do that on the next trip out. Hope all is going well with your new job. Happy New Year to you, too! 🙂

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