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Sunday Thoughts: February 19, 2017

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“Winer Barn”

I’m hoping to make a habit out of this blog thing!  It’s easy to fall away from it when life sweeps you away, but I feel like it is a good creative outlet that I can’t ignore any longer!  So Sundays are for blog posts!  Observations of the week! This week: change in the air….literally!

Today was the most glorious of spring days, except it’s February and this is the North Country!  We still have quite a bit of snow on the ground here, enough to make you burst out in a sweat when trying to walk through it.  Today, however, it did not radiate its usual cold up back at me on my morning dog walk.  No, the sun was shining and I could feel a distinct difference in the way it felt on my face.  It was warm & inviting.  It felt close.  So much different from just two weeks ago!

Space

Food Photography from the Studio

Today as I gaze out of my snowy window, I keep my mind fixed on the arrival of spring.  Currently, a winter storm rages outside with the possibility 16 inches of snow. It’s hard to believe we only have 5 and a half weeks left until spring!  My creative mind is racing with the promise of delicate lilac flowers wafting their scent through the yard. Oh, that smell!  I’m filled with visions of apple blossoms blowing in the wind, raining down their petals, and covering the ground much like this snow that’s happening now.  But!  I must digress!  The subject at hand is space!  I have a lovely studio space within my home, but with all of the props that I’m hoarding, I’d like to move this space out of the house!

Where the Heart Is

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“Mountain Reflections”

“Home is where the heart is.”  We’ve all heard this before.  But what if your heart is torn between multiple places?  I live in a beautiful land.  The Adirondacks.  Forever wild.  But it is not where I am from.  I have to say, however, that where I’m actually from never felt like home.  I have no sadness for what I left behind there.  There is a place between where I grew up and here that tugs at my heartstrings though.  It has an ocean and stone walls and antique homes and old cemeteries.  It also has dear friends.  I’m often torn when I go down for visits.  I miss everyone terribly, but I’m not sure if I even fit in there anymore.  Funny how the heart sometimes does not know what the answers are.   I also happen to feel quite at home in Vermont.  It’s no surprise as I have family roots there. Let’s not even bring up how I feel when I visit the Quebec province!  Talk about feeling at home!  There’s also many family ties up there.  It’s hard being torn between so many beautiful places!

Hearth and Home

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“Days Gone By”

The sun struggled to come out today, but ultimately lost its battle with the clouds.  Errands needed to be done this morning & because of road construction, a detour had to be made.  Now, there are many ways to get to where I was going, so I decided to opt out of using the detour.  I made my own detour away from the confused leaf peepers lost along the way on Adirondack back roads.  I went down REALLY back roads.  As it turns out, it was the perfect day for a little distraction.  The lighting was beautiful & highlighted the more colorful maples.  I brought my camera, but decided to just soak it into my memory instead of stopping to click away.  I passed old farms tucked in the hills, some still in use, others collapsed and abandoned.  I daydreamed about what life must have been like for the hardy folks who made this place home in the 18th & 19th centuries.  It couldn’t have been easy.  Heck, it’s not easy now!  

A Grey Day

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“Through the Grass”

It’s funny how you get used to the sunshine.  Day 3 of cloudy weather and I can feel an immediate change in my mood.  It’s still pretty green here, considering that it’s October 1st.  What colorful foliage that can be found pops against the grey sky.  Walking through the woods and fields, wildflowers can still be found.  It’s a reminder that there’s much left to the season to be explored. The distant mountains are just starting to tinge to shades of yellow, orange, and red.  Slowly things grow tired of green.  We have been lucky in that we’ve escaped a frost thus far.  The gardens are still producing tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers.  There’s also a plethora of squash, gourds, and pumpkins which reminds us that the fall season is indeed in full swing. The air is fresh and the days are getting shorter.  It’s time to take in the houseplants and prepare the wood stove.  Time to ready the nest for winter!  In the meantime, you can find me enjoying the last bit of green and warmth of the season.

Migration

Well, the birds are gone, except for the hardy souls that stay to brave the winter!  The barn swallows and all of their cheerful chatter are off on their fall adventure to elsewhere.  The geese are gathering in chevron flight and pointing south.  The lovely songbirds of summer have left behind the chirps of crickets to fill in the void, that is until the first frost.  After the frost there’s almost a deafening silence.  Perhaps it is a welcome rest after a season of busyness.  Until next year my feathered friends!  Cheers!

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“Perched Barn Swallow”

The Changing of the Guard

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“Suspended”

As summer hands over the reigns to fall, it is a good time to reflect on the season’s blessings.  Summer brought many changes in my life.  It handed me good times and bad.  It inspired me to reach for new goals.  It inspired me to get off my duff and start practicing yoga!  Something that I now look forward to daily!  Facing fall, I’m filled with both excitement and anxiety.  What kind of things will I accomplish in the coming season?  What lurks around the corner?  

Wave Goodbye to Summer

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“Sunflower”

Although it’s only September 2nd, I can already feel the change in the air.  It’s as if mother nature flipped the switch to fall.  The air is cooler and the foliage is looking tired.  If you peer up into the mountains you can even see the leaves tinging yellow. To some, this is a most cherished time of year!  I will admit that the glory of flaming leaves carpeting the Adirondack and Green mountains like a calico quilt is pretty impressive, but still, autumn saddens me a bit.  It’s time time to say goodbye to the gardens and to greenery and brace ourselves for the biting cold and barren landscape.  Of course, I manage to find beauty in the cold and vastness, but my eyes will long for the lush green spring!  Goodbye summer!  You were glorious this year!  Until we meet again!

My Quiet Place

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Quiet Camera 1

I am currently participating in a weekly Instagram challenge called #slowdownwithstills that is the creation of the fantastically talented photographer Christina Greve.  I’ve decided that I’m so inspired by this lovely project that I’ve taken to the much neglected blog to talk about it!  This week’s theme is “My Quiet Place”.  I’ve spent some time reflecting on the meaning of this wonderful theme.  I live in a peaceful & quiet corner of the world, surrounded by farms and mountains.  The daily quiet that I get to take in leaves me truly grateful for such a blessing.  So what about inner quiet?  Ah-ha!  That’s not always as easy to achieve!

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