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Before the storm

Waiting to see which way the wind blows.
Waiting to see which way the wind blows.

Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time.  This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.

~ Thomas Merton

Playing hide-and-seek in the woods.
Playing hide-and-seek in the woods.

It is a beautiful day here on the Eastern Shore.  The sun is shining, and there are wispy clouds floating across a deep blue sky.  The temperature is above freezing, and that feels pretty balmy compared to earlier in the week.

A little bird waiting for a turn at the feeder.
A little bird waiting for a turn at the feeder.

I went out for a long walk this afternoon.  I wanted to spend as much time outdoors today as I could before the predicted storm arrives sometime tomorrow.  Not that the storm will keep me indoors (I go out for a walk every day no matter what), but we probably won’t see the sun again until Sunday or Monday.  Best to get some vitamin D while I can.

I think this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Red-shouldered Hawk.  (Thanks, Christina!)

We’re prepared for it.  The pantry is stocked and there is plenty of food in the fridge and freezer.  We have a good supply of water, and more than enough wood to keep the wood stove going for weeks.  We are also prepared to feed the birds, having purchased plenty of a variety of seeds for our feathered friends (and the one squirrel I’ve seen running around out there).  Unfortunately, the blackbirds are wintering somewhere around here, as usual, and they tend to overtake the feeders at times so we’ll have to keep an eye out for them or we’ll run out of seed.  All I have to do is go sit out there for a few minutes, and that usually is enough to make the blackbirds move on.

Iced.
Iced.

The current prediction is uncertain.  We could get snow, we could get ice.  It will likely change over to all rain Friday night into Saturday morning, and then it could change back to snow Saturday afternoon and evening.  The snow accumulation predictions range from two to eight inches.  The wind is expected to be fierce, 20 to 30 mph on Saturday and into Sunday.  Because of the wind, there are coastal flood possibilities.

Dripping and freezing.
Dripping and freezing.

We had a light dusting of snow last night.  It was just enough to freshen up the snow we still have on the ground from last weekend’s snowfall.

Intersected.
Intersected.

If we get anything at all, I do hope it’s snow.  Ice is always messy and dangerous.

Still flowing.
Still flowing.

I think that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this sunny day before the storm.  I’m thinking about heading down to the Point to watch the sunset, but it depends on what M says about the roads when he returns home from work.  He mentioned at lunchtime that parts of the road were iced over on his way in to work this morning.  They don’t do any salting on the back roads.  You just have to hope for the best if you need to go out after a good snow because large portions of the back roads are in shade most of the time and it can take a long time for it to melt and clear.

Curling in the wind.
Curling in the wind.

Sunset is at 5:13 PM.  If there is still ice to contend with, let’s go out to the dock and watch from there.  I think it will be a pretty nice sunset with all those wispy clouds around to pick up light and color.

Sheltered in the woods.
Sheltered in the woods.

If you’re in the path of the coming storm, be safe, be warm, be well.

Today’s joys:  A long walk in the woods, out to the dock, and through the meadows; spotting the hawk just as it left the tree where it was sunning itself; listening to the bird chatter; marveling at the way the sunlight sparkles on the snow (no matter how many times I see it, it’s magic); the warmth of my snow boots and the cute little snowflake imprint it leaves on the snow.

See ya later.
See ya later.
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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.

28 thoughts on “Before the storm

  1. What absolutely stunning photos today, Robin. I especially love your ice photos and bird portraits. That hawk on your header certainly grabbed my attention!
    I could have written your post today word for word. So funny, our minds are running in the same channels and our weather is a mirror image. I hope you two fare OK over the next few days. You’re so exposed out their on the peninsula, and likely will have a windier wet time of it than we expect. The winds concern us the most. The rest we can handle, but wind is never good around here. I made a big pot of soup today, and will bake bread tomorrow. What else to do this time of year? Thank you for sharing your walk. Best wishes, e

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    1. Thank you, WG. 🙂 The wind has really been howling around here. Aside from a lack of sleep and a bird house that crashed to the ground (and we should have taken down before the storm), all seems to be well and intact so far.

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  2. Does M carry a bucket of sand in the trunk? Sounds like it might be handy. My mom used to put a cinder block over each rear tire well in the winter, too. Nowadays, the roads up here are so much better cared for than we were kids. I suspect no one budgets a lot for winter storms down there since it is expected to melt. I hope you get snow instead of ice. 🙂 Thankfully, we’re only supposed to get an inch or two.

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    1. He does, Eliza, along with a shovel, a blanket, and other be-prepared type things (including picnic items such as forks and napkins, just in case he wants to have a spontaneous picnic…lol!). I suspect the same about our salt and plowing budget. Usually it doesn’t stick around long enough to be worth the bother. Hope you fared well up your way. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Barb. 🙂 No ice, thankfully, but our snow was melted by a night of rain, and now it’s snowing again. It’ll be interesting to see what it looks like in the morning.

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  3. You sound wonderfully well prepared for the storm, whatever it brings, let’s hope it’s your favourite snow😆 The light in those images is beautiful, and what a lovely collection of feathered friends you have in your neck of the woods✨💕

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  4. Great photos of the ice on the chain-link fence, Robin. I, too, took a walk down to the park as we are anticipating tidal flooding. (OceanCity/Somers Point, NJ). I’m glad I got some fresh air even though I only ventured two miles.

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      1. Ocean City, NJ, did have a lot of flooding damage. A lot of beach erosion. There are hardly any places to park a car when it floods. Thankfully there was a northwest wind at high tide last night. Thank you.

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  5. Best of luck in the storm. We had a blackbird infestation for several days last winter. They do tend to hog the feeders. We had to resort to vigorous hand-clapping and group foot-stomping, and now, a year later, we have found a loose board on the deck. Everything has a funny way of being connected…

    Peace
    Michael

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