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Wonderland

A spot of color in a wintry world.
A spot of color in a wintry world.

There is a place, like no place on earth.  A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger!  Some say, to survive it, you need to be as mad as a hatter.  Which, luckily, I am.

~ Lewis Carroll

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Guess what?!

Woodland wonderland
Woodland wonderland

It snowed last night and this morning!  It is so beautiful outside.  A winter wonderland.  Yes, I know.  I’m mad as a hatter for being so excited about it when everyone else is sick of winter.  I hope I stay mad as a hatter for the rest of my life.  I wouldn’t want to lose the sense of wonder that arises in me whenever it snows.

A spy above.
A spy above.

As children we had a sense of wonder.  Our eyes were wide open and drinking in the gifts we beheld.  Our thirsty souls could not get enough of the wonders of creation.  Then, somehow, we grew too old to dream.  We tired of the abundance of the world, and stepped away from the banquet of life.

~ Edward Hays

Can you spot the Mockingbird?
Can you spot the Mockingbird?  I think he needs a name.  He probably has a name but I don’t speak Mockingbird so I’m not sure what it is.  He doesn’t object when I call him Milton so I’ll call him that until I can understand what his true name is.

M has the day off, and we’ve been out playing in the snow.  I’m going back out in just a bit so we can build a snowman because, yes, I want to build a snowman!  In case you haven’t seen it, that’s a reference to a song in Disney’s movie, Frozen:

Do you wanna build a snowman?
Come on, let’s go and play.

In the Mystery Woods.
In the Mystery Woods.

The blackbirds have invaded the feeders again so I’ve also spent some time sitting nearby to keep them away.  Otherwise, the little birds would never have a chance at the food.

Back on our woods.
Back on our woods.

I think the flock of blackbirds is growing.  Yesterday when I was out walking they flew overhead, and I stood there for about five minutes watching them stream from the marsh to the woods.  The sky was filled with birds, and it was the most incredible sight and sound.  I didn’t bother to photograph it because the sight doesn’t translate well to photo.  It was enough to stand there watching and listening.  I’ve been thinking of them as the 10,000 Blackbirds.  It may be more.  It may be less.

Cold beauty.
Cold beauty.

Looks like M is ready to go back out now.  Thanks for stopping by today and joining me in the snow.  I’m not sure if we’ll see the sunset here today.  The clouds have been pretty thick so it seems unlikely.  On the off chance it clears up, meet you out at the dock if you’re game.  Full winter gear is a must since it is quite cold out there.

Simplicity.
Simplicity.

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

Early this morning by the lagoon.
Early this morning by the lagoon.

Last minute addition to the post:

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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.

18 thoughts on “Wonderland

  1. I always enjoy the first snowfalls and I love walking in it when the flakes are large and drift to the ground gently. But I tire of it after a month or so. By this month snow is a bad word.

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  2. I’m so glad you’re having fun out in the winter wonderland today! I like snow except when I have to go someplace or am waiting for someone and no one can get through because of the snow. But it’s beautiful to look at and play in when you can pick and choose when and for how long!

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    1. I sometimes think I belong in a world of winter and snow, Corina. Even when I had to go to work and drive in it, I still loved the snow. I didn’t love driving in it, mind you, but the snow itself was still awesomely beautiful to me.

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  3. Love the snowman! I was hoping you’d include a photo of it. I don’t think it is mad in the least. Young at heart is a good thing! A lot of wet, sticky stuff for you guys. The storm just missed us, but went through Boston again. More snow on Monday they say. I keep wondering when it’ll end – I can’t imagine seeing all those blackbirds, what a sound that must have been. One day they will leave in mass and be gone. Being on the Atlantic Flyway, you must see lots of birds migrating every spring and fall.

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 We do see a lot of birds, and it always amazes me. The sound of so many taking off, all those wings, is incredible. I think we’ll be seeing the Laughing Gulls soon. I’ll have to go look at last year’s pictures to see what was going on.

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  4. That is the happiest snowman. What character. Great hands. It’s cold here about 40 and cloudy…rain on way. Molly and I still manage to get out and are keeping the bird feeder stocked for cardinals, doves, and small young squirrel. They would all appreciate Molly staying inside so they can sit still in the bushes next to the fence out of the wind. Molly would appreciate the grumpy cat stopping her attacks. (No Molly, she’s not inviting you to chase and play)
    Wonderful header! Stay warm!

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    1. Still cold here, too, PhilosopherMouse. Poor Molly. Sounds like she’s just not appreciated by the other animals.

      Thank you. 🙂 You stay warm, too. And enjoy the rodeo.

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  5. We have had snow on the ground since Christmas. I have grown to love it and am constantly amazed by winter’s beauty. Loved the Cardinal! I am originally from Arizona and we got a football team there called the Cardinals. A bit of a stretch for a mascot considering most of us had never seen a cardinal. I now see cardinals and blue jays all the time. What a contrast to winter’s white.

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    1. It’s funny that you mention the Cardinals (team), Bill. I did a search for Cardinals thinking it would turn up Cornell’s All About Birds identification of the Northern Cardinal. It did, but it was way down on the list. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Cardinals came up first.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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