Ocean Magic

From the moment I lay eyes on it…

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Until the the moment I leave.

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The ocean always works its magic.

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With its vast and endless horizon

With its gentle and soothing rhythms

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With its tumultuous wildness

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With its healing serenity

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With its ancient wisdom

And its magnificent grandeur

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The allure of the ocean has no boundaries.

Its magic is there for everyone…

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to experience, to feel, to embrace.

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Closed For The Season

The state parks here in Vermont close after Labor Day. This is the time I love them most. There’s something about these beautiful protected natural areas, empty of people and noise and activity, that appeals to me.

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And so I spend the off season visiting them. This weekend I enjoyed the splendor of Allis State Park. It was a gorgeous sunny day. The leaves just beginning to change and ready. A warm breeze rustles through the trees and is the only sound you can hear.

The lean to’s are quiet. No fires or smell of wood smoke. Life happens here only in the summer.

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The fire tower is mine to enjoy.

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The view, always magnificent and breathtaking, works its magic again.

Trails on Bear Hill can be explored and new discoveries are always made. Because there is no rush or throng of people to distract me from the surrounding landscape.

I meet a couple from a nearby town who wonder aloud why more people aren’t here. It’s such a beautiful place especially in the off season. I wonder too. But today I’m glad that they aren’t. The park is after all, closed for the season.

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Earth Tones

Are some of my most favorite colors. And it is now, as fall approaches, that these colors begin to appear and transform the landscape.

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It is a feast for the eyes. A wondrous sight to behold.

 It is a time to be in awe of natures’ brilliant palette of colors.

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Bright greens as older trees with their lush leaves wait patiently. They have wisdom and know there is no rush.

Younger trees show off with vibrant reds and yellows. In a hurry to ready for what lies ahead.

Fields come alive with deep jewel tones for they know this is their final display of the year.

It is the dramatic pause between two extreme seasons.

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 When the earth shows off her beautiful tones.

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A Sense of Place

It is a feeling we have. A feeling of warmth and connection and identity.

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It is a place that is special and unique to us as humans…and as individuals.

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It’s our experiences and interactions with the land and space around us.

This sense of place is important. It creates emotions inside of us. It allows us to feel belonging and safety. Most of all, when we have a sense of place, we care. We care about and for this place.

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There are many beautiful and magical places on this earth. As people we deeply desire ways to bond with these places. These places that capture our hearts and our love.

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For me, a sense of place, is where I feel alive. And at the same time where I feel at home within myself. And where my heart opens and expands.

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I have felt connections to many places. Each is special and unique to me. And each place stirs different feelings. I fall in love with these places. And they become a part of who I am.

I truly believe that when we feel a sense of place with some piece of land or water, we begin to understand the role each place has on our planet. And when we understand, we realize how each place is necessary in the puzzle of life.

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From this comes a sense of responsibility. A sense of compassion. A sense of interconnectedness. A sense of gratitude.

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We look more carefully, we listen more intently and we walk more gently.

For this place…is our home.

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Our only home.

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Miracles

 It seems that everywhere I go, people are talking about miracles.

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Small miracles, big miracles and medium sized miracles.

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Miracles are happening. And they are happening all around us.

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It’s easy to not see them. It’s easy to walk right by. It’s easy in our day to day lives to forget…life itself is a miracle.

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I feel as though I am waking up, from a very long sleep. Everything feels fresh and new and beautiful.

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This is a miracle.

I’m noticing things. Things once overlooked or barely glanced at. I am realizing that every day little miracles are happening. Around me and within me.

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This is a miracle.

I feel a deep faith, a deep conviction, that everything is going to be ok. No matter what crosses my path, I will be ok.

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This is a miracle.

I have a lightness in my heart and in my soul. I feel at home within myself. I have hope and I feel peace.

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This is a miracle.

I’ve found that I don’t need to question any of this. I don’t need to know where it came from or why.

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This is a miracle.

And all it takes is believing.

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That is the miracle.

Last Days of Summer

Are always bittersweet.

The nights get a bit cooler. The days a bit shorter.

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And other little signs that summer is coming to a close.

It’s a time of change. Of last bursts of growth. Of metamorphosis. Of harvesting. Of preparation.

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There are parades and celebrations. Music and fireworks.

Summer does go out with a bang.

There’s always a sense of nostalgia.

A wish to have summer back with it’s endless warm lazy days.

It’s the feeling of summer we will miss. Like children on break from school. It seems to stretch out forever. But to adults it feels fleeting. We fill it up. Trying to squeeze every last drop of summer experiences in.

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Like every season, time keeps moving forward. It is the cycle of  the earth. It is the cycle of life.

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We adapt and we get ready and we cherish…

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The last days of summer.

Letting Go

The time has come. It’s time to let go.

I’m ready.

    I have been moving in this direction for a while now.

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Turning over stones, examining dark corners, and digging deep.

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Peeling away the layers that have wrapped themselves around my heart.

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    I have been remembering.

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And I have put the many wonderful memories in a good place.

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There is no lingering sadness, anger or resentment.

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Only understanding, compassion, and acceptance.

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I have been feeling. Despair and pain. Hurt and betrayal. Lost and alone.

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And then joy and peace and gratitude.

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For everything in life is either a lesson, a blessing, or a gift.

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This was a gift.

It gave me back myself. It showed me I could open my heart all the way.

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I could love with every part of my being.

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And that I can still grow and learn and believe.

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I’ve learned the difference between letting go and holding on. I choose to let go.

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Because letting go is the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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Letting go is opening a door, and clearing a path and setting myself free.

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And so I hugged him, told him I had loved him with all my heart, and then I let him go.

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