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7. Maria’s bands

A touch of light in the early morning clouds.

I hold the most archaic values on earth … the fertility of the soul, the magic of the animals, the power-vision in solitude…. the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe.

~ Gary Snyder

Light behind the clouds.

Bands of clouds from Hurricane Maria reached out to us today.  There’s a bit of a breeze to go with them, but nothing near tropical storm or hurricane force.  Just a constant movement of warm and humid air with the occasional big gusts pushing more tropical air our way.  I often wonder if mosquitoes travel with tropical storms and hurricanes.  We always seem to have more of them when tropical systems come to visit.

Sunrise colors are underneath the darker clouds.

At first glance just before sunrise this morning, I didn’t think there would be much to see.  Dark gray overhead, gray to the east, gray to the west, gray everywhere in the sky.  As it grew lighter, I waited and watched (and swatted at mosquitoes).  The clouds were interesting to observe, going from east to west, swirling around, parting a little here and there to show some blue sky and sunrise colors underneath the dark gray clouds.

Softly shaded.

Reading the forecast discussion about Hurricane Maria at the National Hurricane Center’s website,  I find it fascinating that the same clouds and wind that are part of our weather are generating swells that will impact our beaches as well as those in Bermuda, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Bahamas.  Those islands seem so exotic and far away, and yet here we are, touched by the same weather system.  The clouds crossing by now might have been in the Bahamas a little while ago.

All weather passes, of course, and the clouds we see at any time might have been somewhere far away a week ago.  Or they might have just formed.  It depends on what’s driving the clouds, I suppose.

Somewhere beyond.

It’s day 7 of the Forty Early Mornings adventure.  Wow, a week already!  That went by fast.  One of the things I love most about it, so far, is stepping outside when I finish my yoga and meditation practices.  I feel more present in the gift of the morning.

Almost in downward facing dog pose, a double exposure self-portrait.

Today’s yoga practice lasted about 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of meditation.  Things that were a little difficult to do in the beginning are already becoming easier or, if not easier, I’ve learned a modification that suits me while staying within the spirit of the practice.

Joyous morning light behind the shadows.

Thank you for stopping by.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Patches of morning colors.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  321)  Having companions on this adventure.  Thank you, Eliza and Pauline.  322)  The swirls of clouds, colors, light, and shadows this morning at sunrise.  323)  Kenny, the guy who came by today to fix our air conditioning.  The man knows what he’s doing and he’s a friendly guy with lots of character.  324)  The songs being sung by the occasional strong gusts of wind.  325)  A clean-out-the-fridge minestrone soup for dinner tonight.  It’s in the pot and cooking as I type.

Father Sky’s artwork.


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, yoga teacher, sometime poet, wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She shares her daily walks and meanders, a lot of quotes, some of her artwork, and a lot of her photography here on Ye Olde Blogge. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are (still!) in the midst of renovating the house and cleaning up the 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.

12 thoughts on “7. Maria’s bands

  1. I stiffened up yesterday, which is always a good sign. Today I moved more easily again and know my body is ready to go the next step. I’m so glad you gave me that little push to join in! Aren’t your massive weather events amazing/scary/awesome…….. We just totter about between sudden heat and rapid cooling; blue skies and grey. Every day – or half day – is different.

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    1. They are all of those things, Pauline. I’m thankful that we’ve escaped the worst of the storms so far. There’s still another month to go before hurricane season ends.
      I’m so glad you joined. It’s helping me a lot to do this with others. 🙂


  2. These storms just keep on coming, lining up like jets on a tarmac. It’s good that Maria is heading out to sea. Poor Puerto Rico, what a mess.
    I was looking at the clouds tonight turning bright pink/orange and decided to take the dog up the hill to see if the view would be better. I was too late as the last color was behind trees, but the moon was lovely, as was the night air.
    I did 30 min. today and yes, it is easier to get into it and the results are a calmer me. Nice! 🙂

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    1. Very nice, Eliza. 🙂
      I’m heartbroken over what is happening with Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. We have friends (and a former colleague or two of M’s) who lived or still live on Dominica, and that’s hardly made the news since Maria hit.
      I was out moon watching last night. It was beautiful.


  3. For some reason I’m feeling tense. I guess it’s because I’ve been home all week (OK, it’s only Wednesday, but still) and I am happiest when I’m going somewhere. Your blog sort of slowed me down, which is a good thing. Favorite photo is the joyous morning light.

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