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10. A sunrise walk in the woods

Morning on the dock.

Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

~ Wendell Berry, Excerpted from his poem “Given” 

Golden light of the sun touching the tops of the loblollies.

This morning’s sunrise was peachy keen, as they used to say.  The sky was clear and blue with a peach-colored light just above the treeline.  Sunrise today was at 6:58 AM.  I think it was somewhere around 6:50 when we started this Forty Early Mornings challenge.  Sunset today is scheduled for 6:51 PM.  It seems like the days are in a hurry to grow shorter, or maybe that’s just my odd perception of time and the way it flies as I get older.

Reflections on a Friday morning.

It’s been a while since we’ve walked through the woods and out to dock together.  The woods are no place to be during the mugginess and bugginess of summer so I don’t spend much time there unless we happen to get one of those rare cool and windy summer days.  The promised cold front moved through yesterday evening with very little fanfare.  Just a quick plunge in the temperature.  They say it got down in the 40’s in some spots on the Eastern Shore last night.  It was around 50°F when I went out for a walk.  A beautiful, blue-sky, jacket day.

Sea myrtle (aka high-tide bushes, groundsel) drooping over the dock.

The too-tall lawn grasses were dewy when I stepped off the deck to go out to the woodland trail.  The air was cool and dry with a lovely fresh scent.  I said good morning to the Three Amigos (mockingbirds) before I took a turn to the left towards the woods.  The sky to the west was a beautiful shade of magenta.  I was hoping to get out to the dock before the color faded but once in the woods, all thoughts of hurrying left me.  It was nice to be back among the tall trees again.

Looking up at the giants.

The crows were out this morning, crooning their song of caw and response.  A Northern Flicker was calling from somewhere in the woods and, like the crows, he was probably warning everyone else that I was coming through.  A fluffy tailed rabbit hopped across the path and into the marsh grasses.  I’m surprised I didn’t see more than one.  Then again, it looks as though the hawks have returned for the winter.  M and I spotted one yesterday while we were eating dinner.  We’ll probably see fewer bunnies in the months to come.

Beginning to brighten.

It was quiet out on the dock, but not silent.  It’s never truly silent, is it?  A lone gull laughed somewhere over in the marsh.  What sounded like a thousand geese were honking in a nearby farm field.  I’m guessing that’s where they were from the way the sound carried across the marsh and over the water.  A snake wriggled by, a fish splashed, and a terrapin popped its head up out of the water to say good morning.

Life and death, light and shadows.

Ten days done on this Forty Early Mornings challenge.  This morning’s yoga practice was wonderful.  An hour of Kundalini yoga and about fifteen minutes of meditation.  I cut the meditation short because I knew that the walk and being present in the walk was a form of meditation in and of itself.

Getting ready to leave the dock and go back into the woods.

The path through the woods is still wet from all the super high tides we’ve had recently.  I wonder if there will come a point where those higher tides will be normal high tides?  Probably so, given the current state of affairs.  The tide was coming in when I got to the dock, and the area around the boardwalk was beginning to fill with water.  That means it was a higher than usual tide, but not the kind that floods the woods.

A rather crooked spider’s web.

The sea myrtles are going to seed.  If it stays dry, and they’re saying it will, the seeds will soon be filling the air and then covering the ground and everything else around here.  I like to watch them when the sun is low in the sky and the light hits them just right.  It’s magic, all those fluffy seeds glittering and floating in the sunlight.

One of the fallen. This fell during a storm last month.

The question we need to ask ourselves is whether there is any place we can stand in ourselves where we can look at all that’s happening around us without freaking out, where we can be quiet enough to hear our predicament, and where we can begin to find ways of acting that are at least not contributing to further destabilization.

~ Ram Dass

Patches of sunlight on a cedar by the marsh.

Thank you for visiting and for joining me on a sunrise walk out to the woods and the dock.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

A spider and her web illuminated by the morning sun. Looks like she was still working on it.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  336)  The way the sunlight plays in the woods, a brush of light here, a swish of it there, a line of it somewhere else.  337)  The fresh scent of the air early this morning.  338)  The reflections on the water.  339)  Slow walking through the woods without having to swat at mosquitoes or biting flies, not even once.  340)  Moments of deep peace and inner stillness.

A streak of light.

Author:

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.

19 thoughts on “10. A sunrise walk in the woods

  1. That spider web is amazing! (The web and your photo of it.) It got cooler and so much nice here, too. It must have been a beautiful day to walk in the woods. I wasn’t out much, but the cats are happy to have open windows. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 Isn’t it marvelous to be able to open the windows again and let in the fresh air? We had great sleeping weather last night, too. Perfectly cool and no need to run the a/c. 🙂

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  2. I agree with Merril – both web and photo are a little bit of magic! I wonder if all the world is a little bit warm and pleasant today – after a brief thunder and hail storm last evening our morning walk was a particularly quiet, meditative stroll. I noticed Siddy smiled as he trotted along and, as usual, brought smiles to the faces of the few folk we passed. I’m walking earlier in the day now as the sun is well up by 7 a.m. despite that our clocks have changed for summer time hours. My energy level has definitely changed also. Only ten days in – it feels like longer 😀

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    1. lol! Sometimes it does seem longer, Pauline. I like your thought about it being warm and pleasant throughout the world. We all need more days like that.
      Thank you. The spider web was a delightful surprise. 🙂

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  3. Bliss! There’s nothing that comes close to the peace I feel in nature. Your post perfectly reflects this, Robin. What a gorgeous day, eh? We took a walk to Bullitt Res. (one of my previous Walktobers) and I had a nice ‘forest bathe.’ A nice cap on the 35 min. yoga session and long dog walk with a friend. Life is good!

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    1. It was a perfectly perfect day yesterday, Eliza. 🙂 Today is looking good, too. I remember Bullitt Res from your Walktober. Beautiful place. I’m the same way when it comes to being in nature and that sense of peace welling up. You’re right. Life is good. ❤

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  4. A lovely narrative. It resonates with me. For the last couple of months I have been going a dawn (now pre-dawn!) 30-minute cycle ride. It helps so much to clear the head and orientate my thoughts and meditations in preparation for the day ahead.

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