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A meander at Pocomoke River State Park

The wondrous colors of the bald cypress in autumn.

I’m painfully aware that the experts in fields like religion and spirituality sometimes feel that bringing mysticism down so far into ordinary life is an insult to the great mystics and makes it all too light and breezy. I feel just the opposite. I believe that one day we’ll understand that we’ve lost out on religion because we made it too lofty and distant. I see it as a simple quality of everyday life, and in that simplicity lie its beauty and importance.

~ Thomas Moore, A Religion of One’s Own

Brief experiences of sublime absorption, as ordinary as being struck by the brilliant blue of a cloudless sky, may contribute to your sense of being religious. The mystical moments multiply and over time you extend the borders of yourself, you are less prone to protecting yourself, and you have more empathy with the people and the world around you. If you define religion as a strong sense of the divine, your daily mysticism contributes to that sense by drawing you out of yourself into nature and then beyond.

~ Thomas Moore, A Religion of One’s Own

Walking over to the pond. (Pocomoke River State Park)

Yesterday was the last day to submit your Walktober post.  That said, if you’ve been around here for a while you know that I’ll be happy to extend the dates.  Let me know if you need more time.  I’ll probably start going through the walks on Wednesday so I can get the wrap-up written for next Monday.

Autumn spirits (fog) dancing over the water.

If you’ve been around here for a while (didn’t I just use that phrase?), you know that every year since we moved to the Eastern Shore I go out to Pocomoke River State Park to see the fall foliage.  I usually do it as part of the Walktober experience.  One of my favorite spots is the pond near the Trail of Change on the Shad Landing side of the park.  (The park is divided by the Pocomoke River.  The Shad Landing side is on the south side of the river.)

Bald Cypress and Sweet Gum.

I went out last Thursday, early in the morning, which you might think is a good time to be there in terms of the light.  Unfortunately, that was not true when it came to photographing the pond and the trees around it.  It was just too bright.  Gorgeous for the eyes, not so great for the camera.  I didn’t worry about it too much because my current motto is to take home more memories and fewer photographs.  Nobody is going to look at the tens of thousands of photos I took and saved.  Even I rarely go back and look at them.  I see my collection of images as another example of hoarding although I think it is also important to note that photography has allowed me to pay attention and to see more.

Light through a sweet gum.

It was a beautiful day for a hike around the small pond and into the woods.  I did not walk the Trail of Change this time around.  I’ll go back in a week or two and maybe walk it then.  There was some fall color, but not a lot, in the woods.  We’re just about reaching peak color now.

Feathery.

I got the new booster shot on Friday.  It laid me out for most of the weekend.  You might think this is odd but I’m very grateful for it.  I feel more rested now than I have since I got sick with a cold after our last visit with our grandchildren.  Being forced to lie around and rest might not be the best way to go about things, but it works.  I slept a lot on Saturday.  I worried it might ruin my sleep Saturday night.  It didn’t.  It was the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a very long time.  In fact, I’ve been sleeping through the night since Saturday, all the way through the night.  That hasn’t happened in years and years.  I hope it’s becoming a new habit.

I am also grateful for the vaccine itself.  From what they’re saying, this winter could be rough.

Around the pond.

I have had dreadful writer’s block lately.  The words just don’t want to come.  Writing this post is difficult, and I almost feel as if I should apologize in advance for the upcoming wrap-up of Walktober.  It might turn out to be just a list of links if I can’t get the words flowing again.

Some reflections.

Since I’m out of words for now, this is a good place to stop.  Thank you so much for joining me on another walk in Pocomoke River State Park.  I’d invite you out to the Point for sunset but the weather folks are saying the clouds and mist will be hanging around.  Even so, we could go see whatever there is to see.  Sunset is scheduled for 6:12 PM.  It’s relatively warm today (around 70) and quite humid (which makes it feel warmer).  I’m not sure you’ll need a jacket but it wouldn’t hurt to bring one.

Please be safe, be well, and take some time to just Be.

A good place to rest a minute or two.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  3,016)  Walks and hikes, especially during the autumn months when the foliage seems lit from within.  3,017)  A walk on the boardwalk in Ocean City (MD) yesterday.  It was cloudy, foggy, and misty, and I enjoyed being out by the ocean.  3,018)  Frozen custard (because you can’t go to the boardwalk and NOT have frozen custard).  3,019)  A clean bill of health.  I’ve gotten all the screenings and doctor appointments out of the way for this year, and it seems I’m in relatively good shape.  Yay, me!  3,020)  Correspondence with good friends.

More bald cypress needles because yes, I’m obsessed. 🙂
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15 thoughts on “A meander at Pocomoke River State Park

  1. Those bald cypress are beautiful, sadly we do not have them this far north, just a few sweet gum that folks get from the nursery. I’ve never seen one in the wild here either.
    Mea culpa, I have been dragging my feet on publishing my post. Like you, the writing part is holding me up, but I will get it out tomorrow!

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    1. I’m surprised that the bald cypress trees don’t grow there, Eliza. I know they have them in NE Ohio at the Holden Arboretum (although they are not native to Ohio). M tried planting a few near the pond at our place in Ohio (where the kids are renting from us now), but they didn’t do well. I find it interesting that folks get sweet gums from the nursery. They are considered nuisance trees here. They are almost always the first to pop up after an area has been clear-cut. We’ve been trying to keep the sweet gums out of an area we’re growing as meadow, but they’re so persistent!

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      1. Interesting about sweet gums. The seed heads would drive me nuts, like walking on spiky marbles. But the leaves are attractive. They aren’t common here, mainly specimen trees at the colleges.

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  2. Beautiful meander, Robin!
    I’ve heard a few people say recently that they’re having trouble getting the words to flow. Strange.
    We’re supposed to get our flu shots and COVID booster on Friday. I’m trying to get work done just in case I’m not able to do much over the weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Merril. 🙂 I hope the shots didn’t leave you with too many or any side effects. And if they did, that you had time to rest. Rest seems to be the best way to deal with them.

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  3. I love your images…and today’s quotes. I always think my ‘religion’ is so personal to me that it’s not something I want to talk to anyone else about. I don’t have a clue if that’s a good or bad thing. Anyway….thank you again for doing the Walktober. I always look forward to it.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 I found those quotes from Thomas Moore and now I want to read the book. I know what you mean about religion being personal. Maybe that’s how it should be, based on our own experiences rather than dogma written in stone (which often turns into fundamentalism).

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  4. What a lovely walk! I’m looking forward to reading your roundup — I love seeing where everybody takes us … and the pretty parts of our amazing world. I got the new booster, too, but thankfully, all I got was a sore arm with an itchy rash where the shot went in. I’m so thankful I wasn’t laid low like I was on previous boosters.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ally. 🙂 Autumn is my favorite season. But I’ll let you in on a secret: Watch the colors in spring. As it turns out, the two seasons have much in common, especially when the leaves are just beginning to come out.

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