Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall at the Fen


I walk as if I have somewhere to be. Plunge headlong down the path brushing aside branches & leaves and come to a sudden halt as two birds strafe my head. 


Last minute shenanigans? Protecting an empty nest out of habit? Makes me laugh out loud and begin to listen to the cacophony around me. It’s noisy out here! But I don’t slow down because I am my mother’s daughter & mosey isn’t in our playlist.







Out from under the trees the vegetation is even more out of control. Cattails taller than I am sway in the breeze. Purple and white flowers and red berries pop in the midst of rust and tan and ochre. And I am fiercely happy.







Tell me again why I don’t come out here every weekend?


P.S. I saw this sign on one of the benches & sent a message to a Facebook friend who lives in NC - who I have never actually met - just on the off chance that she knew Marty (they have the same last name). He was her nephew! 


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  1. You got some great pictures for someone speeding by. Now, slow down, take a deep breath and no telling what else you will find.

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    1. Thanks! I did stop long enough to take pictures :)

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  2. BeaUtiful! thanks for taking us along!
    Before you I did not know what 'fen' meant.

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  3. well congrats on passing your 1000 posts and completing more of your 50/50s and i love your sunflower photos and i am so so so so so sorry to have fallen behind with your posts, which always make me smile and cheer my day

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    1. I love your comments, but I've missed seeing YOUR blog :(

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  4. What an awesome post! I love the hidden treasures of the fen that you generously share with us. I, too, exult in this weather. The bike trails are full right now, people liberated from their work and able to de-stress over that fact while out experiencing pure blue skies and fresh air. I think down deep they're a little bit happy...even while they worry about paying bills.

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    1. I'm glad I went on Sunday - it's going to be rainy this weekend. Which matches the national mood a little better...

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  5. Such a beautiful place to spend some quiet time. You sure are fresh-faced in that pic. Lookin good!

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  6. Wonderful pictures, particularly that one of you which I think one of your best.

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    1. Thanks Stephen - I wasn't sure I was even going to use it because I didn't like it all that much. Shows what I know!

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  7. Wow! Stunning pictures, and Autumn on the way. Fall.

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    1. I like the word "Autumn" better than Fall - but then I wouldn't have had the nice alliteration :)

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  8. wow that first picture is absolutely beautiful!!! I just sat here looking at it picturing myself walking down the decking!! my first thought on the picture with the red vine was "where the red fern grows"! I haven't thought of that book since my kids read it in school. ha! hard to believe things are changing colors already where you are!

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  9. Beautiful words, beautiful pictures. And I agree with Stephen on what he said about the photo of you.

    Regarding Marty Schneble...didn't that just give you goosebumps?

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    1. Thanks! And YES - I sent the picture to her as a joke because what are the odds?

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  10. A gorgeous spot. Take your time and stop to smell the flowers.

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  11. ...and I want to know why you aren't writing more poetry...because this post is pure poetry. Lovely spot. Lovely words.

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    1. I really tried to make this a poem, but the phrases were too long. Maybe just I need to change my style!

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    2. And thanks for the compliment :)

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  12. I'm glad that you take pictures. I take none because I don't have a photographer's eye. It would never occur to me to take any of those scenes, yet all of them are lovely photographs. Thanks for posting them here for us.

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    1. Mike has a better eye - I just point & shoot & then crop the heck out of them on the computer :) The great thing about carrying the camera is that it makes me really LOOK at my surroundings.

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  13. beautiful pics. I had never seen those little orange and yellow flowers before until I went on the residency/retreat. They were blooming all over Letchworth Park.

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    1. I love them, but I have yet to take a REALLY good picture of them. Need to take the big camera next time!

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