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A Monday meander: Light and blooms

Star seeds.

We are not separate from this Earth; we are a part of it, whether we fully feel it in our bodies yet or not.

~ Sharon Blackie, If Women Rose Rooted 

Snowball bush, a week ago. The petals are falling off now.

Every year, without fail, it astounds me how fast we go from the first crocuses popping up to the full bloom of the roses and peonies.  I am also surprised by the change in light, the movement of the sun and moon and stars.

As long as the sun rises.

It’s as if I wake up from a deep sleep one morning and all the trees are leafed out, the landscape is many shades of green, and the rose bush is heavy with blossoms.

In the morning.

The critters are fast-forwarding through spring, too.  The bunnies are multiplying, the deer are hiding somewhere (will they be showing up again with fawns soon?), the Bobwhite quail are issuing their spring call-and-response, and we have a pair of Mockingbirds nesting in the rose bush.  How they get past the thorns on their way in and out is beyond me.  Perhaps it’s because they move so quickly, flitting out and in.

In the evening.

The weather, on the other hand, is still not sure what it wants to do.  It’s hot one day, cool the next.  I love the cool days although they are sometimes accompanied by clouds and rain.  We are sitting beneath a warm front today, the temperature and humidity rising in spite of the heavy cloud cover.  Thunderstorms have sailed through the past two nights, usually around 1:00 in the morning, and they say we might have more of the same tonight.

Unconscious beauty.

It’s possible to understand the world from studying a leaf. You can comprehend the laws of aerodynamics, mathematics, poetry and biology through the complex beauty of such a perfect structure.

It’s also possible to travel the whole globe and learn nothing.

~ Joy Harjo, The Woman Who Feel from the Sky: Poems

Newly minted maple leaves.

The gardens are cleaned up, replanted, and doing well.  I had to pull out the rosemary and all of the lavender.  It didn’t survive the winter.  The sage, though, is thriving and blooming.  I was late getting the zinnia seeds in the ground (just did it this weekend) so it might be a while before we see their flowers.

The roses and evening light go well together.

M and I have been feasting on lettuces, chard, kale, and broccoli rabe (rapini).  Broccoli rabe is my favorite green.  I buy it whenever I can find at the grocery store (which is not often around here).  We found some seeds at Farmers & Planters (a local feed & seed kind of place) and decided to give it a try.  As it turns out, broccoli rabe is as easy to grow as any other green.  It didn’t take long to come up, and it didn’t take long to become big enough to start harvesting.


I’m getting ready to travel again.  I’m going west to see my grandchildren.  When I return from this trip, I should be settled in for a while.  Friends and family are coming out to us this year.  That will keep us busy, in a very good way.

Obsession (on my part — I took a lot of photos of the roses on Saturday evening when the light was so lovely).

I reckon that’s it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this hot and humid Monday.  Thank you so much for stopping by and meandering along with me.  I’m not sure I’ll have time to go out to see the sunset this evening.  There is still much to be done before my trip to Ohio.  But if I should find the time, let’s meet out at the Point where there is bound to be a good breeze that will help keep the biting insects away.  (Yes, they’re back — deerflies and mosquitoes, oh  my.)  Sunset is at 8:07 PM.  Perhaps the clouds that have been breaking up as I type up this post this afternoon will provide a good backdrop for light and color.

Peony on a rainy day.

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

Layers of pink.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  711)  Much needed rain to water the earth and wash some of the pollen away.  712)  Shiitake and turmeric tea.  It’s delicious and refreshing served cold.  713)  Another not-too-serious opportunity to learn to let go and to stop making comparisons.  Just when I think I’ve got this covered, something else comes along to teach me otherwise.  Maybe these are lessons we all have to keep learning, over and over, throughout our lives.  Or maybe I’m a slow learner.  714)  Finishing another mandala.  715)  How quickly the peonies opened on Saturday.  I thought they might wait until I left for Ohio to open, and that I might miss them this year.

Iris on a rainy day.


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.

18 thoughts on “A Monday meander: Light and blooms

  1. Beautiful photos, and I’m also always surprised at how quickly early spring moves to full summery bloom. But I wish the bugs weren’t so aware, too! 🙂
    Your fresh garden produce sounds wonderful. Enjoy your trip, Robin!

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  2. Lovely photos. I have been noticing the past couple days how things that were very tight buds very recently (it seems) are now blooming and the first of my lilacs will be opening soon. This is the kind of weather that makes me more interested in doing things outside, getting things in shape, or closer to it,, anyway. Have washed some windows, cleaned some screen and put them back in the windows that I’ve washed, checked my sprinkler runs (need to replace 6 heads), set up the fountain, decided I want raised beds for herbs. I think I can create some raised up a little beds easily enough with things I have – not stand up to garden, but at least a bit above ground level. Want basil, maybe chives, thyme maybe, parsley maybe. Will have to see what I find at the nursery when I go in next.

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    1. You’ve been busy, Carol!! I’m not feeling quite that ambitious lately, but that’s probably due to all the travel and the heat. We’re well into summer here now, it seems.

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  3. Lovely roses, iris and peonies! I feel the same amazement at how quickly the world turns green as the grass grows and the trees leaf out, which happened this weekend. The forest sighs once again in the breeze – how I missed the whisper of leaves. 🙂
    Have a wonderful visit to OH. ❤

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