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A world of morning-glory

Creation unfolding.

Eternity is with us, inviting our contemplation perpetually, but we are too frightened, lazy, and suspicious to respond; too arrogant to still our thought, and let divine sensation have its way. It needs industry and goodwill if we would make that transition; for the process involves a veritable spring-cleaning of the soul, a turning-out and rearrangement of our mental furniture, a wide opening of closed windows, that the notes of the wild birds beyond our garden may come to us fully charged with wonder and freshness, and drown with their music the noise of the gramaphone within. Those who do this, discover that they have lived in a stuffy world, whilst their inheritance was a world of morning-glory:where every tit-mouse is a celestial messenger, and every thrusting bud is charged with the full significance of life.

~ Evelyn Underhill, Practical Mysticism:  A Little Book for Normal People (1914)

Morning glory season.

This is the time of year when the Morning Glories come into the peak of their season, when the flowers and vines tumble over each other on the garden fence, in the meadows and fields, and in the marsh.


I’ve come to appreciate them not only for their beauty but for their announcement that Autumn is coming.  No matter what the weather says — and believe me, the weather is still insisting on summer — Autumn will have its turn.

The wild cherry trees, always the first to show spring green leaves, are the first to start showing signs of changing seasons.

After Florence finally moved out, she took some of the humidity with her.  It’s still somewhat humid.  Our local weather folks use a chart that shows levels of comfort or discomfort when it comes to the dew point and the humidity.  Our dew point went from 79°F to 69°F once the storm blew out to sea.  79°F is considered Miserable on the dew point chart.  69°F is Uncomfortable (just a degree short of Oppressive).  It’s funny how Oppressive and Uncomfortable feel so much better than Miserable when it comes to the heat and humidity.

I’m not sure what this is, but the local news guy called it False Sunflowers.

Yellow flowers are gathering at the edge of the soybean fields and ditches, sometimes taking over whole fields if there are no crops planted in them.  I think they might be some kind of Helicanthus.  The locals (and many others from other places) call them False Sunflowers.  They are bright and cheerful, and another indication that the season of summer is running its course.

I sometimes see this group when I’m out on my morning walks.  They are not too sure about me yet.

I’m still walking every day, and I am up to about 130,000 steps now.  When I started I thought one million steps sounded like an awful lot.  Now it not only seems doable, but also somewhat reasonable.

Electric blue.

The nights are finally getting a little cooler, a trend that I hope continues.  It’s made the morning walks more enjoyable.  I’ve been surprised at how quiet it’s been since Gordon and Florence brushed by.  Before those storms were in our vicinity, the blackbirds were gathering in large flocks and the geese were traveling and honking overhead.  I haven’t heard any geese at all lately, and I don’t know what happened to all the blackbirds.  The only birds I’ve heard in the mornings are the crows, a few pileated woodpeckers, and the bald eagles.  The frogs, crickets, and cicadas make up the bulk of the morning chorus now.

Seeds in a pod.

That’s about it from me on this confused Friday.  The day started out clear and sunny and beautiful.  Then dark clouds rolled in.  Now it appears to be clearing up again.  It might be worth the trip out to the Point to watch the sunset.  It’s scheduled for 7:04 PM.  Meet me there about ten or fifteen minutes before that if you want to join me on a short walk.  How short it will be depends on the tide.  I noticed this morning that high tide is creeping up higher than usual.  That’s probably due to how close we are to the full moon (on the 24th).

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

A light in the marsh grasses.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  836)  Cooler mornings.  837)  The call of the pileated woodpecker.  838)  The hopping dance of the frogs that are near the ditches where I walk.  839)  Watching the fish jumping around in the creek this morning.  840)  Communing with the trees.

At the edge of a field of soybeans.


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.

13 thoughts on “A world of morning-glory

  1. Always a joy to find one of your posts in my in-box and this one is no different! I love morning glories and used to plant them against a wall in a box my husband built… Think I shall have too put them on my list of types of flowers to plant in my new house (once this one is sold…)

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  2. The official first day of autumn and I’m pretty much resigned that we’re headed down the road to cooler days. After the excessive heat and humidity of this summer, not a bad thing.
    I think your yellow daisy may be a Bidens, possibly B. laevis. It blooms about now and it likes damp ditches. Its seeds are hitchhikers, thus common name of Beggar’s Ticks.
    A friend from VA sent me some seeds of the blue morning glory and it has been self sowing every since along with the purple ‘Grandpa Ott’. Last year a ‘Heavenly Blue’ crossed with a ‘G.O.’ and produced a rich pink, I guess I could call it ‘Grandpa Blue’ or ‘Heavenly Ott.’ 🙂

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    1. I thought Bidens too, Eliza, and then wasn’t sure after looking at Helicanthus. Whatever they are, they sure are beautiful and bountiful. They’re all over the place right now.

      Some of our morning glories look like they’ve crossed with others. The occasional pink one shows up and along with the pink some of the deep purple will take on a pinkish hue.

      Happy Autumn. 🙂 Cooler weather will be most welcome here. Today has been in the 60’s which is rather nice, even with the rain. Tomorrow looks pretty good, too.

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  3. The morning glories are beautiful, but I also like the yellow flowers.
    You are really getting a lot of walking in each day! I just got a Fitbit, so I’m going to be doing more walking, too. Even with the bootcamp class I went to this morning, I still needed more, so I took a walk in the park. 🙂

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    1. It’s going to be a good time of year for walks, Merril. 🙂 10,000 steps felt like a lot the first week. This week it’s been easy and it looks likely that I’ll be getting more than 10,000 on a regular basis now that my body has gotten into the swing of things.

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  4. Morning glories are so luminous – some sort of inner light or power source tucked in there.
    Giggled over your discomfort level scale – can identify.
    Dreadfully hot and humid with swarms of mosquitoes so it’s hard to get out…and more very dark clouds rolling in…the dog is bored beyond any capacity of staying awake – it’s like she’s saying “wake me once the weather becomes tolerable again.”
    Enjoy your walks – fun to get out and see what’s change overnight – and something always does.

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    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 I agree about the morning glories and their hidden light source. It’s a beautiful mystery.

      The mosquitoes continue to be awful here, too. Chiggers have joined in the fun. I think I’ll be itching from now until winter.


  5. we grow Morning Glories in our UK summers – with and without the humidity – those shots of deep blue send a thrill through me -come to think of it Robin, so do all your photos. .. and per the Underhill quote, I took time to contemplate them. Thank you!

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  6. Love your flowers and 10,000 reasons to be happy. Good idea! It’s snowing here, so your flowers are much cheerier than the view out my window this morning!
    I’ve been doing a morning walk for a few years now. I’ll have to do an estimate of steps so that I can celebrate some milestones too!

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