these days

a birds eye view

junco

enjoying her breakfast

hearts of gold

the last to let go

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.

~ John O’Donohue

I was worried when I first retired from teaching
that I would not have enough to do
to fill my days
and now, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day
funny how that happened

our winter friends have returned to the yard
the deer, the little Juncos
and as I watch them through my window
they remind me to stop
take pause and breathe
as we head into this very busy holiday season

42 Comments on “these days

  1. Beautiful images. I think it’s easy, when people retire, to let time overwhelm us, but you seem to have conquered it in a wonderful way. Lovely.

  2. Love the fsand the as images that last one is beautifully imposed, speaks to me of the season. πŸ™‚

  3. I do believe you’ve surpassed yourself. These images are lovely pieces to meditate by. The words simply frosting in their perfection. It is a quiet time of year if you don’t get sucked into the commercial frenzy.

    • Thanks so much Gunta! It’s not the commercial frenzy really, it’s just one of the few times of year when both my sons are home at the same time…I think I just put too much pressure on myself to try and make the holidays perfect…I am my own worst enemy!

      • Well, that’s another matter altogether. Time with family is something that the holidays ought to be about. I was referring to the shopping frenzy that too many folks seem to get sucked into.

      • Oh yes, THAT! I try to avoid that all together..I do my best to shop at little local shops and online..with a few homemade items thrown in. I stay away from shopping malls!

  4. Each of these is so beautiful, Susan, but oh my goodness, that deer has my heart.
    My very favorite animal, and you have photographed this one so beautifully.

    • This means so much coming from you Emily, thank you! These Juncos were right outside my dining room window…unfortunately my windows weren’t exactly spotless and that’s why parts of these birds are sharp while other parts are a bit “dusty”!

  5. A wonderful series of images in the autumn mood and so lovely to see the creatures that come your way. I especially love that first bird shot and the first leaf shot! So lovely to be surrounded by such beauty and to see all of this!

  6. You already know I think that first bird image is perfection, but so are the other images. Visiting your blog always makes me calm and happy. I totally resonate with your comments about retirement. Kudos to you! And thank you for sharing that amazing poem by one of of my favorite poets. I haven’t yet ready anything by him I don’t love.

  7. “There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you find them…” Jim Croce
    πŸ™‚

  8. I was just thinking the same thing and still it’s true that we don’t stop and breathe often enough. I love your bird close up and that deer looks like it must have been smiling at you. I hope you get to sit and enjoy as often as possible.

  9. I’m amazed how close (and crisp) you got to that Junco. Excellent detail. I too find how busy I am now that I’m retired. But I do take time to enjoy the still moments.

  10. Beautiful and lovely pictures. I know this is such a busy time of year, visiting your blog always gives me a moment of calm in a sometimes hectic day. πŸ™‚

  11. I hear you on the retirement issue. There are not enough hours in each day now. Each one of these is my favorite. You do magic with that camera of yours!

  12. These have so much love in them. Not to mention skill! I’m glad you’re enjoying life! (We have juncos here, too, but they look a little different…same habits though, finding the little seeds others seem to miss, going about their business quietly).

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