Wednesday, August 7, 2013

wandering


Out walking last weekend, 

I reminded myself to stop and look, really look.



I saw lichen that reminded me of coral,




 small cave-like openings in slabs of bluestone 
(who lives in there?)



so many shapes and shades of green


patterns in the water
(and a frog--can you see her?)




I was delirious with wildflowers


and then I read crazy-wonderful memoir
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller 

my mind wandering (in great company)
 through Kenya, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, and Zambia...

More about it here and here.

23 comments:

  1. Nice to see the frog in the water, we used to have tiger frogs, but it's been years since I've seen them. Summer days are meant for these nice strolls!

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    1. Alicia, Anne & Cravecute-

      Glad you like the frog. I'm always happy to see and hear them!

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  2. The Catskills are heaven, and than god hell hasn't coming rushing in this year.

    I don't see the frog, but then i don't have my glasses on so I have no idea what I'm even typing.

    I want to read that book.

    xo jane

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    1. I think you would love the book.

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  3. When I was little I was terrified of frogs because my brother put one down my back once (cold/slimy, I was 3)but then in my previous house there were quite a few and I was smitten, haven't seen one in a while except for now. Nature is so wonderful. That memoir sounds fantastic, will add to the list.

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    1. They are so cute--but I prefer them at arms length.

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  4. oh, sounds (and looks) wonderful. will check out the book too xxx

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  5. I'm glad you pointed out the frog. Lovely photos - I like those rock fractures.

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    1. I wish I could get better pictures of frogs, but they're hard to get close to.

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  6. I'm reading 'and the mountains echoed'. This book is next! what's the green flower?

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  7. I loved And the Mountains....
    Cocktail Hour...is one of those books I want to tell everyone about.

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    1. Don't know what the flower is-=will try to figure out next time.

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  8. Jen... The quiet, peacefulness of your walk comes through in your photographs. I am in awe of all the little creatures and especially enjoy the sounds of the frogs. Our daily Summer rains have brought an abundance of little frogs... I had to avoid stepping on at least a half-dozen or so during my walk last night! Thanks for sharing...Susan

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    1. We used to have a lot more. Glad to hear they're thriving in your neck of the woods.

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  9. what wonderful treasures you found on your walk. the lichen really is lacy and coral-like.
    and your books. your books make me wish i could curl up for days on end reading. i think it will come back to my life sometime, just not during this phase of my life.

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    1. For me, that's the luxury of having grown children--I can read so much in the evening and weekend. That will come to you one day.

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  10. Walking and reading are big part of my theme in my usual and unusual days for me, too.
    You can spend your time in full of nature during weekend and it's fascinating!

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    1. I love the phrase "usual and unusual". YOu are such a poetic thinker and writer, even in a different language.

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  12. Beautiful photos and I MUST read that book. Have you ever read 'I Dreamed of Africa' by Kuki Gallmann ... it is another wonderful book about a woman's life in Africa.

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