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A touch of spring sadness

Reflection on the pond at Breezy Acres.  (Taken last week.)
Reflection on the pond at Breezy Acres. (Taken last week.)

Is it better to go with the flow or let the flow go?

~ Aidan Chambers, Postcards from No Man’s Land

A touch of blue in a sea of green.
A touch of blue in a sea of green.

I am feeling a little melancholy today.  My mood doesn’t match the weather at all.  The day is bright and beautiful and blessedly cool.  The heat and humidity from a few days ago have traveled out to sea.  It is the kind of day I should be spending outdoors.

Woods at the back of the pond.  (Breezy Acres aka The Bogs of Ohio.)
Woods at the back of the pond. (Breezy Acres aka The Bogs of Ohio.)

There are several things at play when it comes to my mood du jour.  I have a touch of the post-vacation blues combined with being walloped with the flu.  Yes, I am sick again.  Ugh, right?  This has not been a banner year for me so far when it comes to health and well-being.  Let’s not dwell on that, though.  There are other things to chat about.  One of these days I’ll figure out what my body is trying to tell me, and good health will be with me once again.

Second spring.
Second spring.

While I tell you about the other things, I will show you the second spring I was fortunate enough to experience during our recent trip to Ohio.  I know some of you have been missing the pond and Breezy Acres almost as much as I have, and for those of you who are new to my blog, this will give you a chance to see some of the Bogs (what I named northeast Ohio while we were living there).

Fiery tulip.
Fiery tulip.

The other thing causing some of this sadness has to do with the meadows here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  A few weeks ago I mentioned that as part of our land conservation agreement, we are required to mow the meadows every three years.  Rather than cut everything down at once, and displace a lot of critters who live in the meadows, I came up with the brilliant idea of mowing one third every year which would technically keep us in compliance with the agreement.

Pretty.
Brightening up the day.

The previous owners of the house and property, Mr. and Mrs. B., did not keep up with the mowing, and when we bought the place the meadows were slowly transitioning to woods with the growth of myrtles (sea and wax) and trees (mostly pine and sweet gum).  Simple mowing was no longer an option.  It was going to require a chain saw and a big mower of some kind to restore the meadows to a compliant (with the agreement) state of being.  Since we don’t have a big enough mower for the job we hired a man to do the work, and today he has been out there clearing one-third of the meadows.

Yellow.
Yellow.

The man we hired has a machine that essentially grinds everything down to dust.  They use them when they clear cut forests.  It’s pretty amazing, and pretty scary too.  Amazing because  of how fast it grinds everything down.  Scary because of how fast it reduces the natural world to dust.

Bluets.
Bluets.

I have been out a few times to watch, and I didn’t realize when the man started just how much land we were talking about when we asked him to do one-third of the meadows.  Oh, we had it marked with ribbons tied on trees, but when you see the land bared, it suddenly looks so much bigger.

A cluster.
A cluster.

This is the time of year when all the critters are nesting and breeding, and it saddens me more than a little to see so much of their habitat destroyed.  And so quickly, too.  I know it has to be done, and I know that the point of doing it is to reestablish grassland habitats precisely so a lot of the critters who rely on such environments will have a place to live.  Even so, I can’t help but wonder how many animals have been displaced today by this action.

Purple maple in the front yard of Breezy Acres.
Purple maple in the front yard of Breezy Acres.

M and I chatted about it this morning, and think we’ll go ahead and have the next third of it done in the fall or early winter.  It has to be done while the ground is relatively dry (which is why we didn’t do it earlier this year) so that should be a good time for it.  Maybe it will be less disruptive at that time, too, since a lot of the birds who nest out there will have migrated for the season.  The deer and turkeys hide in the marshes anyhow, and the rabbits have other options, too.

One of the two "standing stones" at Breezy Acres.
One of the two “standing stones” at Breezy Acres.

I’ve been out taking pictures during the course of the project and want to wait until it’s finished to show you the images.  Maybe during this weekend’s coffee chat.

More reflections.
More reflections.

I reckon that’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch for today.  Thank you for visiting, and for traveling back to Ohio with me for a brief look back.  I have more photos from the trip I hope to show you soon.

As for sunset, the black flies are so bad that I think I’ll watch from the porch today.  They won’t be able to get us there since it is screened in.  We won’t see as much because there are some big trees blocking the view, but we’ll at least be able to see some of the colors in the sky.  Sunset is at 8:05 PM.  Join me if you like.

Found.
Found.

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

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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.

17 thoughts on “A touch of spring sadness

  1. The last photo caused me to wonder if perhaps there is an angel watching over the meadow who dropped a feather as she flew by……. Sometimes we have to see the consequence of our decisions to realise there could be another solution [it’s certainly the story of my life 🙂 ] I think your decision to mow at the low point of the year is a good one!

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. 🙂 I’m still not happy that we displaced so many animals by mowing the meadow, but I’m amazed at all the new critters showing up now that it is mowed. Two Bald Eagles have been chattering out there as they swoop around, the turkeys are enjoying the wide open space, and I expect we’ll start seeing deer out there in the early mornings and evenings.

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  2. Sorry to hear you are under the weather. I hope you feel better soon. Do you take probiotics? A good 15-35 might knock the bad guys down and build your immunity back up.
    Sad to hear about having to call in “the Leveler.” I despise those machines! A few years back, they opened up a few acres of the state forest near here, and the devastation was so hard to see. It even “felt” energetically bad. But they claimed it would provide better browse habitat, I understand why you are feeling melancholy about it. It goes against our nurturing natures!
    I adore your photos and esp. love the bluets – so pretty!
    Blessings, get better soon!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. I’ll give probiotics a try. I eat raw fermented sauerkraut to get my probiotics, but maybe it’s not enough.
      That’s a good name for that machine since that’s precisely what it does. I’ve never seen one before although I have seen the results since there is a lot of logging around here.
      I love the bluets, too, and meant to dig up a clump to bring back with me. Next time. 🙂

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  3. Many times I’m depressed… but I cann’t do anything with the problems… health or others…. then I wonder “The problem will be weather I want or not, so…. cheer up!!!!!! You too….The sentence is very good “Is it better to go with the flow or let the flow go?”
    The pictures are nice…

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  4. Hi Robin. I have days when nothing seems to work. Today I slept a couple of hours in the afternoon. You bluets photos have restored my cheerfulness! Keeping ahead of the regrowth is never easy. We purchased seven acres of blueberry field a decade ago and we had to buy a bush hog to tow behind our ATV just to keep our trails from growing over. Enjoy those black flies. Little darlings are so cute. Jane

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    1. lol! Cute? Well, sure, if you like vampires. lol! Thank you, Jane, especially for the chuckle. I am wondering if we can tow a bush hog on our garden tractor? Once everything is mowed down this first time around, we should be able to take care of it with a bush hog. I’ll have to look into it.

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      1. My husband says it should work. We bought ours from a place selling wood splitters, lawn tractors and so on. Doesn’t run off a PTO, has its own motor. In the states the TSC company is a supplier. Jane

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