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Wednesday wanderings

Once upon a time
Once upon a time

Often misunderstood, Dionysus is far more than a wine deity.  He is the Breaker of Chains, who rescues not only the flesh but the heart and spirit from too much of worldly regulations and duties.  He is a god of joy and freedom.  Any uncultivated, tangled, and primal woodland is very much his domain.

~ Tanith Lee, The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest

Hidden in the green glow
Hidden in the green glow

Let’s take a walk.  We can let our feet lead the way, and maybe we’ll end up hiking in the woods or dancing through the meadows or dangling our feet in the pond or the creek.  Maybe we’ll encounter the Green Man who has swept through here as he does every year, bringing the spring greening with him.

Perhaps peering between the leaves
Is he there, peering between the leaves?

Our remote ancestors said to their Mother Earth, ‘We are yours.’  Modern humanity has said to Nature, ‘You are mine.’  The Green man has returned to the living face of the whole earth so that through his mouth we may say to the Universe, ‘We are one.’

~ Terri Windling

Or hiding somewhere in the woods?
Or hiding somewhere in the woods?

It has been raining again.  Day after day for over two weeks, the rain has been falling.  The result of all that water coming to earth is a lush greening.  Everything seems to glow with the color of spring green.

Emerging.
Emerging.

‘This place,’ said a deep voice from the trees, ‘is always where it is.  All that changes is where those who need it are.’

~ The Green Man in the novel The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

In the deep greening of the woods.
In the deep greening of the woods.

I’ve written posts about the return of the Green Man almost every year since I started blogging at WordPress and I’m having a hard time expressing anything new and different about this time, in this year.  Perhaps that’s because the Green Man, a symbol of spring growth and renewal, is ancient and trying to verbalize beginnings from A Long Ago is nearly impossible.

Hearts
Hearts

Maybe it’s best to just show you.

And flowers.
And flowers.

The earth has music for those who listen.

~ George Santayana

Growing in the Green Man's footprint.
Growing in the Green Man’s footprint.

But we must not forget that all things in the world are connected with one another and depend on one another, and that we ourselves and all our thoughts are also a part of nature.

~ Ernst Mach

Watching
Watching

The creatures I seek do not want to be seen.

~ Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Softly reaching
Softly reaching

Thank you for wandering around the Wabi-Sabi Ranch with me on this rainy day.  I don’t think we’ll see a sunset tonight.  We have been seeing more sunrises than sunsets these days.  It clears up in the wee hours of the morning, long enough for us to glimpse the morning rise of the sun before the clouds move back in. But if it should clear this evening, let’s walk out to the dock and watch from there.  Sunset is at 8:03 PM.  You will probably need a jacket.  It’s barely gotten about 60°F today.

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

A rose in the scrounger's garden.
A rose in the scrounger’s garden.

Today’s joys:  Watching a peony begin to open; rose buds and raindrops; the green glow of spring; Lady Grey tea; finishing the ironing (for now — the ironing is never really finished).

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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.

16 thoughts on “Wednesday wanderings

  1. The Green Man, or perhaps woman :), has definitely come. Wonderful quotes, and your photos are spectacular. You can definitely imagine figures in the green.
    I love the blue flowers, and the bird in the last photo. I love the way he (?) is standing and his expression. (You can tell I’m not good at identifying plants and animals.)

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 I’ve gotten better at identifying plants and animals, but I am still not very good at it. As for whether or not the heron is a he or she, your guess is as good as mine. 😀

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  2. Sorry about your unfavorable weather– a little rain is good, but not seeing the sun for a couple weeks must be driving you crazy. Your quotes point so well to the mystical quality of this time of year. I’ve been enjoying the emergence as I always do, with a big smile on my face! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 There is an up side to all this rain and dreariness. Everything is growing like crazy! It’s very lush and green right now. On the other hand, I might soon have to see if there are any farmers around here who want to mow the lawn for hay. It’s getting pretty shaggy and long out there.

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  3. Ernst Mach and the Green Man! It doesn’t get any better than this… 🙂 We’ve had lots of rain, too. Makes the sun seem all the brighter when it returns…

    And inquiring minds have to know. Do you really read three books at once!? I was reading too recently, but it works best for me if one is non-fiction and the other fiction it seems. It seems like your choices here are quite different genre’s, so you can drift between worlds at your leisure…

    Peace
    Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. 🙂 I think we’ll be blinking like moles just crawling out of the earth when the sun appears again.

      As for your question, the answer is yes, sometimes. Right now there happen to be three books I’m reading because I’m taking one slow (“Falling Into Grace”) and another even slower (“Far From the Madding Crowd”). The Hardy book is on my tablet and I read it when I’m traveling in the car as a passenger on long trips. We haven’t been on any long trips lately so I dip into it now and then just to keep from forgetting the story and characters. The top book is the one I’m primarily reading most of the time. As you pointed out, they are different genres so it’s easy enough to move between them. I would never be able to do that with two or three books of the same genre. I’d end up mixing it all up. 🙂

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