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Five Photos, Five Stories: In the morning

In the morning.
In the morning.

In the morning, before I go for a walk, I have to gear up.  I normally associate gearing up with winter walks, but when you live near water and are practically surrounded by marshes, the insects can be formidable.  I put on long trousers and tuck the bottoms of the pant legs into my socks and boots.  I wear a tight t-shirt that is tucked in the waistband of my trousers, and over that goes a long-sleeved t-shirt.  All the tucking in keeps out the ticks.  A hat and my sunglasses go on next, and then I can head out the door with netting in my pocket in case the deer flies are so bad that I need to cover my face.  Once outside, I spray with insect repellent, usually just those areas where it might be possible for bugs to get in or bite.

Heading out the door soon.
Heading out the door soon.  Yes, that t-shirt is far too big for me.  It’s an old t-shirt (a Race For the Cure shirt from when I participated in a 5K up in Cleveland), and it’s good for gardening on hot days because it is loose and lightweight.  I am standing in the newly remodeled laundry/mud room where we have hooks for our jackets and hats, and a bench to sit on when you’re tying your shoes.

This morning was not one of those mornings in which netting was needed.  M and I have been regularly, at least twice daily, trolling for deer flies and that has cut down their population considerably.  Every now and then one will come along, but they are slow and clumsy and easy to kill by slapping once they land.  I usually do not like to kill other creatures, but deer flies, ticks, mosquitoes, and black flies are exceptions.

A small bit of trivia about where I live:  In 1659/1660, the Province of Virginia passed a law that required Quakers to either convert to Anglicanism or leave the colony.  A group of Quakers living in Virginia on the Delmarva peninsula* asked the third Lord Baltimore, Charles Calvert, if they could migrate and settle further north in what is now Maryland.  Lord Baltimore granted their request because it would benefit him by fortifying his borders against the incursion of the Virginians who were trying to take up more of the land on the Eastern Shore.

*Delmarva:  Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia all share land on what was once a peninsula but is now technically an island because the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal cuts across the isthmus.

Trolling for flies this morning.
Trolling for flies this morning.

Woodland Gnome from The Forest Garden invited me to play along with the latest photo challenge making the rounds.  It is called Five Photos, Five Stories, and it is a very simple challenge.  If you wish to participate, post a photo each day for five consecutive days, and tell a story about each photo.  The story can be truth or fiction, poetry or prose.

The rules also state that each day you should nominate another blogger to participate in the challenge, but we all know how I feel about rules and blog challenges.  Most of my blog friends have either already participated or been invited so, for today, I will not specify anyone in particular.  If you would like to join in the fun, please consider yourself nominated and let me know that you will be participating so I can link to and share your first photo and story in one of my next Five Photos post.  (There is only one left so now is the time to speak up.)

Oh, and I did not follow the consecutive days rule or confine it to one photo.  Because I’m contrary that way.

I think there might be a few stories within this post, but that’s okay.  There often are stories within stories within stories when it comes to life, even the everyday, mundane parts of life.

If you read my Fair Margaret and Sweet William story and are interested in the ballad from which it was, in part, based, I found this.  Go and have a listen.  It’s a good song, and rather short so it won’t take up too much of your time.

Thank you for stopping by.  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.

25 thoughts on “Five Photos, Five Stories: In the morning

    1. Yes, we sure do, Eliza. I’d rather suit up then not get outside, although there are days when I have to force myself to do it. I’m usually glad I did.
      Thank you. 🙂

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  1. It is amazing to me that you have to cover up so much to protect yourself – even though you look so cute 🙂 While yours is a summer cover-up, mine is definitely wintery – donning jacket, scarf, hat and mittens to keep warm on our daily walk. I enjoyed reading your historical story today – I feel I know the area just a little with having stood so near.

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. 🙂 I’m trying to learn a bit more about the history of the place. Some of it is pretty fascinating (although I’m still not sure if I believe there were pirates here!).

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  2. Wow, you’re brave to go out! I do like your deer fly trolling mechanism, though. I remember walking in the woods as a child wheeling my arms around my head to keep them away!

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    1. That was my method until we started trolling, Lisa. lol! Then I resorted to netting over my hat and face. It’s amazing how effective trolling is, and we don’t have to resort to toxic sprays.

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  3. Loving the photo of you all decked out in insect-proof gear. That’s a serious amount of bugs you have there. I don’t think I’d be brave or motivated enough to battle that many flies, especially on a daily basis! Hats off to you… or on, in this case. 😉

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    1. lol! Thank you, Dana. 🙂 Although it can be cumbersome and I don’t always feel motivated to suit up, it’s usually worth it to get out and see what’s going on.

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    1. No, not easy at all when riding a bike, CM. One of the great things about being on a bike is that if I keep moving, the bugs usually don’t find me. No matter how fast I walk, they always do. Yet another reason for me to get out on my bike when the rain stops. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Sallyann. 🙂
      Deer flies bite, and they leave big welts when they bite so it’s good to get rid of them. They like to swarm around your face and head. We paint plastic bottles blue (because they are attracted to blue), put sticky stuff over the paint, put the bottle on a stick, and then attach the whole thing to the garden tractor. Then someone drives it around, picking up flies. The flies stick and die which cuts down on living flies and reproduction (since it’s the female flies who bite).

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  4. Ick! That reminds me of going up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Between the ticks, flies, and the no-see-ums, it was a blood sucking orgy all the time. It’s a good outfit to wear – glad I haven’t needed that here and I’m not that far south of you either. It must be the difference in the swampiness of the area.

    Nancy

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    1. Lots of insects in the marshes, Nancy. We didn’t have ticks on our property in Ohio (no idea why), but we did have to deal with mosquitoes and deer flies. We have chiggers and no-see-ums here, too. It’s just a blood sucker’s festival here on the Eastern Shore. It doesn’t last forever, thank goodness. 🙂

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    1. It is amazingly effective, Jane. We didn’t troll our first summer here, and it was nearly impossible to go outside. After trolling last year and this year, it’s not nearly so bad. In fact, I only encountered one or two deer flies today when I was out. If only that worked on the midges and ticks…

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