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Frosty morning.

The Oak tree is one of the most loved trees in the world, and with good reason. It’s a symbol of strength, morale, resistance and knowledge.  Throughout history, the Oak has been represented in different mythologies and sometimes linked to powerful gods (in Greek mythology it was a symbol of Zeus, the God of Thunder.) The oak is considered a cosmic storehouse of wisdom embodied in its towering strength. It grows slowly, but surely at its own rate. Oak is often associated with honor, nobility, and wisdom as well thanks to its size and longevity.  Oaks are known to easily surpass 300 years of age making it a powerful life-affirming symbol

~ from the Bios Urn website

The old oak tree here on the ranch.

Today’s #12daysofnatureomens find were the frosted oak leaves scattered across the lawn when I went to watch the sunrise this morning.  It’s interesting that the oak is associated with the seventh month of the Celtic calendar (because it is my nature omen for July of this year, our seventh month).  The Celts also associated the oak with hospitality.  If interested, you can find a whole page of information about the Oak here.

I forgot to mention yesterday that nature’s omens do not have to be animals.  It can be a plant, a leaf, a rock, a tree, something about the weather, or something you noticed about the landscape.  Whatever speaks to you will do.  What it represents or the meaning can be up to you, too.  (See yesterday’s post if you’re not sure what this is about.)

Out near the water’s edge.  (Jane’s Island State Park)

M and I took our first hike of 2020 this morning.  We went out to Jane’s Island State Park.  I didn’t find out until later that Maryland state parks have an event that comes with the hashtag #firstdayhikes (or #firstdayhikes2020).  It’s a ranger-guided hike.  That will teach me to start paying attention to the park calendars.  I often miss stuff like that due to a lack of attention.

First hike of the year with my favorite hiking partner.

I took more than a few photos which I hope to share with you soon.  In the meantime, another Happy New Year to you and yours!  Please join me to watch the sunset this evening.  I think I’ll go out to the Point, but it depends on what the tide is doing.  We had a super high tide yesterday and I was unable to get to any of the usual spots.  Sunset is scheduled for 4:53 PM.  It’s chilly today (44°F and windy right now).  It’s best to bundle up since it’s colder near the water.

Be good, be kind, be love.  ♥

Along the way.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  1,211)  A lovely hike on the first day of the new year.  Seems to me that’s a great way to get the year started.  1,212)  Lovely weather for hiking.  Cool, but sunny.  1,213)  The scents in the woods.  Pine, cedar, decomposing leaves, and fresh air.  1,214)  My favorite hiking partner.  1,215)  The sunlight and long shadows in the woods, and the sparkle of sunshine on the water.

Sunshine with breakfast.


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.

16 thoughts on “Oak

  1. Happy New Year to you! Your morning sunshine at breakfast looks tasty. Lovely photos, as always. I was soooo going to take a walk today, but I’m tuckered from all the hoopla the past few weeks. Once Monday comes, though, I’d be willing to meet ya at the point. 😉

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  2. I love the big old oak tree in our backyard. Honestly, it was one reason why I wanted to buy the house. 😉
    They had first day hikes here in NJ, too, but I didn’t know about it either until later.

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    1. I wondered if they had first days hikes in other states, Merril. It was the first I’ve heard of it. I will try to be on the look out for it next year. I like to go on guided hikes with park rangers. They’re always so interesting.

      A tree would influence me, too, when it comes to buying a house. In fact, a tree once did (a Japanese maple).

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  3. I am reading this on January 2. What a marvelous way to start the New Year. Happy, happy to you and yours! Wonderful pictures of oak leaves. I am always inspired by nature, and 2020 will be the year when I really give myself to this beautiful place where I live, in the woods, in northern New England, in Maine.

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours, too, Laurie! 🙂 You live in one of my favorite states. I think giving yourself over to nature is a beautiful thing to do. Almost a decade ago, I challenged myself to get outside every day and blog about it. (It’s over on my old blog, Life in the Bogs. There’s a wrap up post about it here:

      It was an amazing adventure and I’ve been getting outside every day ever since.


    1. Thank you, Cathy. Same to you. 🙂 I don’t have anything specific in mind yet, but would like to do some long distance hiking/walking this year. I’d like to do some of the Appalachian Trail since we aren’t that far from it.


      1. That will be interesting, Robin. And tough! I’ve never had any desire to do the Appalachian Trail because of having to carry a tent and food, and utensils and cooking supplies. But maybe a section hike might be nice. I’ll be interested to see what you decide on. Good luck and enjoy. 🙂


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