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Presence

In the morning, just before sunrise.

Presence is not an object.  It is the openness that beholds it all.

~ Joan Tollifson

As it grows lighter.

There are storms coming today.  A cool front, so they say.  I am sure there are scientific reasons for why they call it a cool or cold front, but a quick glance at the 10-day forecast shows it will continue to be near or in the 90’s for the foreseeable future.  It’s August.  Who would expect anything else?  Sometimes I think the weather prognosticators are having one over on us.  Or maybe they’re trying to give us hope in the midst of the heat.  Or maybe — and this might be the truest of all — they don’t really know what’s going on.

The twins.

Whatever the case, here we are, in the midst of another heat wave.  This morning I watched and listened to part of a webinar by Laura Plumb titled August Ayurveda for You, and she talked about the way heat builds throughout the summer months.  It’s something I never really thought about before.  Summer, the season of fire and water, holds heat.  It builds throughout June and July, and then August rolls around and the heat just continues to sit there and build.  That was the way of it, in years past.  This year the heat started to build early.  In July, the news, weather, and science folks told us that June was the hottest June on record.  Now, in August, they’re telling us July was the hottest July on record.

I thought about what Ms. Plumb said regarding the building of heat.  I realized I can see/feel that phenomenon within my own body when I exercise.  I sweat during vigorous exercise but it’s in the minutes after I finish, while I’m resting, that I often feel the greatest heat.

(In case you’re wondering, I will finish watching the webinar tomorrow.  I had to shut things down after some rumbles of thunder and flashing of lightning.  We’re in a lull now, before the next round arrives.)

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen this image already.

There are subtle signs of change.  The place where the sun rises in the morning has scooted over, moving closer to the pond.  The shadows are longer.  Butterflies are everywhere, including lots of Monarchs.  The cherry trees, usually one of the first to take on the greens of spring, are starting to turn, leaves turning gentle shades of yellow and red.  Just a few, here and there, but they are noticeable.  Goldenrod has begun to bloom.  Mornings are dewier, sometimes slightly foggy with hints of autumn mists.

I know those of you in more northern climes don’t care to hear about the ushering out of summer.  Not to worry.  There is still a lot of summer to be had around here.  We’re not out of the heat yet and we are just going into peak hurricane season.  I like it when I visit the National Hurricane Center website, as I do nearly every day during hurricane season, and I see the glorious words:  Tropical cyclone activity is not expected during the next 48 hours.

Looking around.

Our Deer Family stopped by this morning, as they usually do.  They had muck all over their legs.  The entire family must have been walking through the marsh. I wonder if the muck helps with the flies and ticks.  I suppose if that were the case, they’d roll in the muck and cover their whole bodies.

As I watched them munching on whatever it is they find so yummy to eat in our lawn, I thought about naming the twins.  The names that came to mind were Quiet and Patience.  Not because of those qualities on their part.  They are children.  They like to play, bound around, nuzzle with mom, and do other things that children like to do.  It’s true that they are quiet, but I’m not sure they are patient.  Those names came to mind because it is what I need to do and be when I’m waiting for them to come around at dawn and dusk.

Quiet and Patience.

One of the twins, the one on the left that I might call Quiet, was injured around her eyes.  The left eye got the worst of it which you can see in this photo (taken on July 30):

Poor deer.

The injury has been healing and looks much better now.  Still, it makes me wince.  It almost looks as though she got kicked in the face, or maybe snagged by a branch while running through the woods.

Patience.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I’ll be back soon with some more photos from Pennsylvania.  I’m still sorting through them.  In the meantime, let’s meet out at the scrounger’s garden in a little while to watch the butterflies if the storms have not yet arrived.  I don’t think we’ll see much of a sunset this evening so we can enjoy the color from the flowers and butterflies instead.  And, if it does look like sunset is worth watching, we can walk out to the dock from there to see it.  Sunset is at 8:01 PM this evening.

Be good, be kind, be love.  ♥♥♥

Together.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,121)  Mornings spent watching the sun rise over the trees and the young deer romping around on the front lawn.  1,122)  Nature’s, and the body’s (any body), way of healing.  1,123)  Learning something new, nearly every day.  1,124)  The way that insights evolve, grow, go off in new directions.  1,125)  Change.  It’s inevitable.  Might as well be happy about it.

A piece of the rainbow that welcomed us home.
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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.

11 thoughts on “Presence

  1. We were supposed to get thunderstorms and downpours today, but never got much more than a light drizzle and short showers. I was hoping for lots of rain for the garden, alas.
    The cool front will be welcome – a break in temperature, but I shouldn’t complain as our highs haven’t been as bad as the rest of the country. At least our summers make up for our winters. 😉

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    1. The best way to get rain for the garden is to water it, Eliza. 😉 But you already know that (it’s like washing the car — almost guaranteed to bring rain and mud or snow and salted roads!). I think yesterday’s rain passed between us. We didn’t get very much (and we need it for the garden, too).

      I was just reading a long article about how climate change has already arrived in the U.S., particularly in the Northeast states where things are warming faster than they thought. Massachusetts was listed as one of the warm spots where temperatures have already warmed overall, but particularly in the winter months. (They base it on the 2°C change that was set at the Paris Accord as the critical threshold for global warming.) I checked our county and we’ve had an average temperature change of 1.3°C, not quite as high as other parts of the Northeast, but we’re getting there.

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      1. A sad state of affairs for sure. Kind of scary, as this one isn’t an easy-fix. Can you hear the waterfall we’re heading for? :(`
        In the meantime, I’ll go water the garden. 😉

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  2. I spend many of my days practicing what the twins were named. Quiet, practicing Patience with the people who don’t agree with me. What a privilege to have a deer family visit each day.

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    1. Those are very good practices, Carol, especially during the times we’re in. Yes, it is a privilege, but it can also be a pain because we have to balance between allowing them to graze the lawn and chasing them away from the gardens or the plants near the house.

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  3. I always feel a sense of calm when I read your posts and look at your beautiful photographs. Our August has been weird so far. There is a lot of heat but the nights are quite cool. I wonder if we will even have a second heatwave but have my doubts.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dale. 🙂 That sense of calm is what I’m going for (except when I’m on my soapbox). I would be happy to send you our current heatwave. We’ve had more than enough this year. It’s the warmer than usual nights that make it so uncomfortable, especially for those who don’t have air conditioning. (We are fortunate enough to have it.)

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