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Sunday Scenes – December 2, 2012

from the backyard

I enjoy ponds, no matter where I wander, a pond always brings a smile to my face. The seasons change, summer turns to autumn, the trees drop their leaves.

pond

The outdoor cold of winter might not be quite at a freezing level (not cold enough for a pond to freeze over), and yet, a pond leaves me with a sense of warmth in the crisp chill of the morning, as I walk.

Zen Moment

Spring returns, and with it the lush greenness illuminates the landscape. Lily pads delicately float within a Zen setting, and a bridge hovers over them, as the glide in slow motion. I enjoy visiting this place of sanctuary, enjoy the moments of quietude.

As I browsed poetry sites, I found Poetry Chaikhana, and came upon this lovely poem entitled The Ponds, by Mary Oliver. You can read more about her, here.

Every year
the lilies
are so perfect
I can hardly believe

their lapped light crowding
the black,
mid-summer ponds.
Nobody could count all of them –

the muskrats swimming
among the pads and the grasses
can reach out
their muscular arms and touch

only so many, they are that
rife and wild.
But what in this world
is perfect?

I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided –
and that one wears an orange blight –
and this one is a glossy cheek

half nibbled away –
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
unstoppable decay.

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled –
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing –
that the light is everything — that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.

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Water Scenics and Creatures

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Watery Wedneday

Nature Notes Wednesday

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March 7, 2012 – 13 Adar I, 5772

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Jewaicious and Grandies at Orange Grove

My grandies and I walked (I walked, they jumped, skipped, hopped and ran) through an orange grove today (Monday), in the morning. It was a fun adventure. They picked up sticks, stones, rocks, leaves and whatever else caught their eyes. I enjoyed our time together, and discovered, within the boundaries of the orange grove that there were several ponds and reflection areas.

What a surprise!

Within those ponds were turtles and ducks, haha! The turtles were sunbathing on top of rocks and a platform built for them. The ducks were swimming by, daydreaming in the beautiful sunny day and 80 degree weather. We meandered around the ponds, oohing and ahhing at what was before our eyes. It was a joyous feast of water inhabitants.

My grandie, Logan, was enthralled with the turtles, and watched them jumping into the water, and then swimming underneath the surface. Grandie Emily was more interested in the ducks and their varied colors and sizes. It was fun to see nature through their eyes…their innocent eyes. The wonder of it all.

Nature was shining brightly in all forms, from paddle footed ducks, to shell-backed turtles, to tall grasses and lovely reflections in the water. A good time was had by the three of us.

Memes for these photos:

Our World Tuesday

Straight Out of the Camera Sunday

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March 5, 2012 – 11 Adar, 5772

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