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Sitting by the pond on a lovely day

As above.

I give thanks for arriving
Safely in a new dawn,
For the gifts of eyes
To see the world,
The gift of mind
To feel at home
In my life.
The waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn,
The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger,
And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.

~John O’Donohue

So below.

On Wednesday, I think it was, I sat on the bench out by the pond.  I sat there quietly for about an hour or so, just listening and watching.  I would move my head, or turn my whole body every now and then, and I would do it very slowly so as not to scare off the birds who had come to visit.  I was so good at being still that even a deer came walking out of the meadow, thinking it safe from all humans.  It was safe, of course, but the deer don’t think of humans as safe, not even those of us who don’t go around shooting them.

The Loblolly and the Cherry.  (Edited in Fotor because I do not have the skill, yet, to draw or paint this well.)

There is a loblolly pine next to the bench, with a small cherry tree growing next to it.  The trees seem to enjoy each other’s company.  The cherry tree is mostly in the shade of the loblolly, but the loblolly never hogs all the sunlight.  The cherry gets what it needs to survive and thrive and, I think, it is somewhat protected by the bigger loblolly.  There are buds on the cherry, getting ready to unfurl.  The loblolly already has flowers and it won’t be long until they start dispersing their pollen.  During peak pollen season, millions of pounds of pollen are flung out from loblolly pines all across the southeastern U.S.  One scientist found pollen from loblollies as high as 2,000 feet in the air and 25 miles offshore.  Even though the pollen had been exposed to cold, wind, rain, and UV radiation, at least half of it remained viable.  Life is a very strong force.  (You can find a story about the study here, if interested.)

The Loblolly and the Cherry, photo version.

I was amazed by how many birds came by to visit, some coming so close that I wondered at their bravery.  There were chickadees, goldfinches, a male cardinal or two, and a little brown-headed nuthatch.  The nuthatches have been among the frequent visitors to the feeders, enjoying the suet.  I had the best time watching him as he climbed around the trunk and branches of the trees, frequently upside down as if he knows how to defy gravity.  Now that I think about it, I suppose birds know exactly how to do that.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t be able to fly.

The loblolly from another angle.

I did not take the big camera with me that day so I am unable to show you the many visitors to the loblolly and the bench.  You’ll have to use your imagination, peppering birds into the photo above that I took today when I went out for a walk.

Meanwhile, at the edge of the meadow, the Bradford Pear tree is blooming.

I was somewhat proud of myself, sitting calmly enough that the birds and deer were willing to visit with me.  After a while, I got up to walk back to the house, and my eyes were drawn down to the ground for some reason.  And there it was.  A pile of bird seed.  How funny!  It wasn’t my calm, cool, and collected attitude that drew the birds.  They were waiting for me to get out of the way so they could chow down on the food.  M left it out there for them.  I think he’s hoping to entice one of the little birds to eat from his hand.

In the branches.

The weather has been lovely this week, getting progressively warmer.  It’s nearly 70°F today.  I may have to get out some summer clothes for tomorrow which is expected to be warmer.

Flowering loblolly.

I mowed the grass for the first time this season, the same day I spent some time with the birds.  I didn’t mow all that I usually mow.  Just the parts where the grass grows thickest, where it’s more difficult to mow as the grass grows taller.  I also spent some time in the flower garden working on the clean-up of last year’s flowers, readying it for this year’s.  There is something soothing about gardening.  Maybe it’s being outdoors or the scent of the earth and the dried plants or the sun warming everything while the birds sing in spring.

At the edge of the pond.

To see the preciousness of all things, we must bring our full attention to life.

~Jack Kornfield

Small world.

Thank you for dropping by on this beautiful Friday afternoon.  It’s hard to believe that March is getting ready to leave us already.  It’s a marvel to me how time can manage to be both slow and fast.  Magic, maybe.  Whatever the case, the days are growing longer.  Today’s sunset is scheduled for 7:23 PM.  I’ll meet you on the dock.  Or we can go to the Point.  You choose.  The Point offers us a view of the water, a walk on the beach, and a good look at the sun sinking behind the horizon.  The dock means a short walk through the woods and a bench to sit on when we get there.  Either way, I’d bring a jacket.  Both places offer up a good deal of wind and some cooler temperatures because of the water.

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

Behind the cherry tree.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,036) Blossoming trees.  Our redbuds look almost ready to burst into bloom and I suspect we’ll be seeing flowers (bracts, but they look like flowers) on the dogwoods soon.  1,037) A bald eagle perched on a tree by the dock this morning.  I don’t always get such a close-up view of them as I did today.  They are beautiful birds.  1,038) The songs of the Upland Chorus Frogs.  1,039) Daffodils, periwinkles, dandelions, and all the little lawn flowers that are blooming.  1,040) M, always.

Goose in flight.


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 “Sitting by the pond on a lovely day

    1. Thanks, Tara. You too! I didn’t think we’d see the sun, either, but it cleared up completely for a while. The clouds have started moving back in since I posted this.

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  1. This is one of those posts that make me wish I could visit with you and sit in perfect stillness until the deer come close. I think the seed on the ground was just an addendum to the attractiveness the wildlife found in your calm presence. I was reading not long ago about some discoveries made in scientific circles that putting our hands into the soil is measurably good for us, that endorphins rise and our microbiome is enriched in the intermingling of our skin with the microbes of the earth. Dirt is good for us 🙂 I do love the world view of John O’Donohue – much missed!

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    1. Thank you, Pauline. I wish you could join me, too.
      I think you would enjoy it out there by the pond and garden. 🙂 I read something about soil, too, in that regard. There was also something about how folks in the U.S. wash their food too much. We ought to be eating a little of that dirt from time to time.
      Yes, very much missed.

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  2. I’d like to visit with you and Pauline–though I’d rather admire nature than put my hands in the dirt. 🙂 A lovely post, Robin. I love the idea of the trees being friends. And all that pollen–amazing!
    It’s been cloudy here all day, but I had one window open, and a mockingbird was singing away for a long time.

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    1. We should all gather by the pond someday, Merril. 🙂 But make it in late autumn or early spring. Otherwise, we’ll all get eaten alive by the bugs.

      Mockingbirds are amazingly talented. I still haven’t heard Ode to Joy from my mockingbird friend. I’ll keep whistling it to him.

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  3. The “Foto Edit” is striking and beautiful. A while back someone told me computer art was “cheating”. But I don’t feel that way. Artists have always found ways and means to avoid the hardest techniques. And why they shouldn’t they? Why should being able to freehand a perfect circle or a precisely curving line be the thresh hold for expressing some concept or idea such as “That tree is beautiful”? It makes no sense to me to call computer art cheating. It’s like calling a typewriter cheating because it’s not a quill pen.

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    1. Thank you, Paul. 🙂 A part of me thinks of it as cheating since it didn’t require much talent on my part. But a part of me agrees because… why should it be difficult? I’ve been wanting to put together a children’s book for my grandson about the fish who occasionally swim in our woods, and this kind of filter/technique might be what I need to pull it off (which is why I play with it).

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  4. What a beautiful post. And what a fun editing of your photo you did!
    I can’t believe the difference in our climes. Tomorrow is the last day of March and my son’s 21st birthday. How did both arrive so fast?
    Most enjoyable walk, Robin. Thanks for taking us along.

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    1. You’re welcome, Dale, and thank you. 🙂 Happy birthday to your son! 21 is a big one (at least here in the States). It’s in the 70’s here today and feels almost like summer, but it won’t last. There’s cooler weather coming our way tomorrow.

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  5. It would be a delight to sit with you by the pond. I would like to meet you in person and flesh out a bit more of who you are in physical reality. Although would probably not be very focused on the pond…

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    1. I would like to meet you in person, too, Kathy. We should Zoom sometime (I’ve found that Zoom works better than Skype out here in the Middle of Nowhere). It would be fun to talk face to face. 🙂

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        1. Yes! Sounds great. Just let me know.
          That’s how I started using Zoom, too. The class I was taking (and we did partner work so I used it to chat with my partner once a week).

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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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