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A Friday farrago: In the woods and swamp

A moment in the woods.  (Janes Island)

Peace is this moment without judgment. That is all. This moment in the Heart-space Where everything that is is welcome.

~ Dorothy Hunt

Another moment.

It’s another one of those gray November days.  Rain and chilly weather are on the way.  We are sandwiched in between a warm front and a cold front as I type.  The cold front will win (dipping us down into the 20’s by early Monday morning) but there might be some bluster about it.  Thunderstorms are in the forecast for us, snow in the Midwest.  This is November, without a doubt.

One more moment. (Same tree, different angles, in all of the first three images.)

I don’t really have anything to write about today so I will probably resort to the words of others.

Another trail in some other woods. (Pocomoke River State Park)

Every instant is a new universe.

~ Joan Tollifson, Nothing to Grasp 

Reflections in swamp waters.

I caught a cold somewhere along the way this week.  It’s not a good time to have a cold, but I don’t suppose any time is a good time to have a cold.  I’m getting ready for another adventure.  It would be nice if this is a short-lived cold.

Light moving through the cypress swamp.

Do you know that even when you look at a tree and say, `That is an oak tree’, or `that is a banyan tree’, the naming of the tree, which is botanical knowledge, has so conditioned your mind that the word comes between you and actually seeing the tree? To come in contact with the tree you have to put your hand on it and the word will not help you to touch it.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

On dry ground.

I think people who don’t know the woods very well sometimes imagine it as a kind of undifferentiated mass of greenery, an endless continuation of the wall of trees they see lining the road. And I think they wonder how it could hold anyone’s interest for very long, being all so much the same. But in truth I have a list of a hundred places in my own town I haven’t been yet. Quaking bogs to walk on; ponds I’ve never seen in the fall (I’ve seen them in the summer – but that’s a different pond). That list gets longer every year, the more I learn, and doubtless it will grow until the day I die. So many glades; so little time.

~ Bill McKibben, Wandering Home

Returning to the swamp.

This morning I sat down to draw a mandala.  I drew the circles and the lines.  Then I sat for a while, pondering what to do with the circles and lines.  What should I draw today?

An in-between place.

The answer turned out to be nothing.  I think my brain must be as clogged as my sinuses because writing is going more or less the same way.  When I ask myself what I wish to write about, the answer turns out to be nothing.

Color in the background.

That’s okay.  There is nothing wrong with a quiet walk in the woods and the swamp.

I wonder where this trail leads…

Thank you for taking a short hike with me today.  The photos are from two different hikes in two different parks (Janes Island State Park and Pocomoke River State Park).  I don’t think we’ll see the sunset today, but if that changes, I’ll meet you on the dock.  Sunset is scheduled for 4:57 PM.  We should probably arrive at least twenty minutes before that.  It’s going to be damp, windy, and chilly so you’ll want to dress warmly.

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

Resting on the trail.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  936)  Afternoon naps on rainy days.  937)  Creamy, spicy pumpkin soup for dinner.  938)  The bones of the trees beginning to be visible.  939)  A young buck (white-tailed deer) stopping by for a visit this morning.  940)  The rainbow colors of the leaves on the sweet gum trees.

When the color hides in the canopy.


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.

23 thoughts on “A Friday farrago: In the woods and swamp

  1. A lovely, quiet walk. It is pretty cold here today, too, never getting out of the 30s. Supposed to rain like heck tonight. Just what we need, more rain– not! 😉
    Hope you feel better soon. Lemon ginger tea, elderberry syrup to boost the immune system, lots of rest and soon you’ll be on your way!

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    1. Thank you, Eliza. 🙂 I got over one cold and picked up another. M the Younger and his wife are practically running a daycare filled with toddlers right now. In addition to their two sons, they have two foster children (ages 2 and 3) so it’s a playground for viruses. Lots of runny noses, coughs, and even a fever or two. Well worth it, though, to spend time with the little ones.

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  2. The tree photos are stunning–it’s almost like the light is raining, if you know what I mean. 🙂
    Hope you feel better soon. My husband had a cold at the beginning of the week–but maybe it wasn’t that–because it only lasted a couple of days.

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 Tis the season to pass around viruses, I guess. The cold I had when I wrote this post was relatively mild and didn’t last long, thank goodness. The cold I picked up in Ohio is worse, but I’ll live. 😀

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  3. I resonate with the authors of so many of your quotes. I resonate with your quiet nothing-to-say mode. I do not resonate with your cold. May it dissolve into the ethers from which it came.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy. 🙂 Your blessing worked. The cold dissolved. Nature, however, abhors a vacuum (or so they say) and another arrived to take its place.


    1. Thank you so much, Otto. 🙂 The swamps around here are very beautiful, but I have to admit that it’s difficult to take photos of them and truly capture their beauty. It’s hard to get the right light.

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  4. I wish there was a “love” button for this one, Robin. The Krishnamurti quote spoke to me deeply – yes, one can connect to the trees without words getting in the way, although there is something to be said for understanding their physical structure and nature too. BTW, you introduced me to the term wabi-sabi but I never quite understood it until I read about it in conjunction with evolutionary astrology. Who knew? So, all of your references and images of that term flood and filter my mind as I continue on the path of understanding – thank you 🙂


Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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