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Staying home…

Staying home alone means you can do whatever you want to do, all day long, day after day. Even if you find yourself caught up in a show on Apple TV and basically watch all day long it’s okay, because living alone means there is no one there to object, or tell you that you need to do something, anything, else. I may live alone, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t hear a voice telling me to go do something else, but it’s the voice in my head, and it can be relentless. Do I listen to it? No, not usually, unless it tells me to go bake something, but then after I’ve baked something it tells me not to eat it, so that’s no fun. Living alone has its perks, especially when that voice in my head tells me I’m okay, good even. But it’s not so free with the compliments, it’s much better at ‘constructive’ criticism.

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Weekiwachee Preserve…

At the end of the day my phone app showed the least distance walked today of any of us. Just under 5 miles. We walked the trails and then weren’t sure whether to turn around and retrace our steps or continue the loop around the lake, not knowing exactly how far that walk would be. Our phones showed a series of small lakes, and it was tempting to try a ‘short cut’, and to continue the loop looked like it was going to be a very long way. If I had known it was only going to be five miles I wouldn’t have worried. Shade on the trail would have been nice also, but there was a breeze and yes, Florida has cooled off somewhat.

The big surprise of the day was when two young bucks chased each other across the road and proceeded to battle with each other for a minute, and then they dashed back into the woods. What an unexpected treat that was to see.

Zoomed and cropped to the max, but at least we can see them.
Bees aren’t so common to see lately.
Butterflies were scarce also.
I was reminded of the Tetons when I saw this cloud.
Egrets are so common to see, but their elegance is hard to resist.
On you walk, with no idea where the trail will lead you.
We stuck to the main trail, mostly to avoid ticks.
It seems likely that there were gators around, somewhere.
What a handsome boy he is.
Not all reflections are in the water!

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Simple skies…

Talking with a friend the other day reminded me of how much my husband and I enjoyed looking at the skies here in Florida. I remember driving to the house from the airport and we would point out the beautiful clouds to each other. And the palm trees were a marvel also. We spent three years traveling from Maryland to our home in Florida, just visiting, but anticipating the day when we would make it our permanent home. That was fifteen years ago now, and I’m still marveling at the skies and the palm trees.

And so Florida eventually became our permanent home, except the word permanent doesn’t hold as much meaning for me as it did 15 years ago. I’m pretty sure that I would have been horrified if I’d have had an inkling of where 15 years would bring me. I would never have believed that I’d feel so at peace as I do. Just looking at the sky and seeing what each day brings…

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When you get up early…

Getting up at 4 AM is how I used to get out for the sunrise. I was bored by the time the sun came up so it was something to do. Today was one of those 4 AM mornings, and the weather cooperated, so I headed out for the first time in a few days. I think I’ve given up on fighting the weather and always heading out for photos, at least for the time being. Between the heat and the rain it’s so much easier to stay home. Or maybe it’s my age.

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Jasmine sunrise…

I had lived in Maryland for three years before I met Charley, so by then I knew my way around fairly well. But he was a native, and he quickly figured out that I used the main roads to get wherever I was going, so he made it his mission to teach me all his shortcuts. Which meant that he never took me the same way ever, he showed me a different way to get to each of my usual stops every time we went out. It took me a long time to actually learn all his shortcuts, but I suddenly went from knowing one way to get places to knowing five ways to get places. Since I’ve moved a year and a half ago I’m reminded of that because the GPS always takes me back roads to go places. That has really confused me because I find that I’m at intersections of roads that I’d have bet money didn’t cross each other. But because of the GPS I crossed Rt. 19 on a side street so close to home that it’s ridiculous, and found a ‘rotary’, (MA speak for a roundabout/traffic circle), with a pond in the center. And it faced east. It occurred to me right away that if I could find a place to park my car I imagined that that little pond might be a good place to view the sunrise. And it was. This morning. A year and a half later…

While I was watching the sky I noticed an egret fly to the edge of the pond and proceed to concentrate on staring into the water, hunting. Maybe he was so intent on breakfast that he failed to notice me, but he kept repositioning himself and each time he did he got a little closer to me. But as I stood there I was also aware that I was standing in sand, in my flip flops, and hoped I wasn’t standing on a fire ant mound. Which is probably why I twitched when I felt something touch my leg, and off he flew.

After the GPS took me on a very convoluted route to where I was going yesterday I have my doubts about just how reliable it is. I wonder if it had me traveling in circles when I was 2500 miles from home and wouldn’t have even realized it? I had doubts about Charley’s shortcuts too. One of them had you go from one cloverleaf immediately into another, and then one more. He really liked that one. It made me dizzy…

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Back to normal…

Four long days of driving gave me lots of time to think about what I’d do when I got home, but so far it seems I’ve done almost nothing at all.  Four long days of being home and not being able to decide what to do have followed.  Maybe it’s the heat, or maybe I’m just really tired.  I remembered how I thought I would enjoy being online without having to compete for a chance to plug in the computer, but I’ve hardly done that either.  But I finally decided to look at the pictures I took on my last day in the Tetons.  As usual I had headed out in the car early that day, and this time I stopped to see the bison on the west, the mountain, side of the road.  That gives a different perspective on the scene, doesn’t it?  And imagine my surprise when I looked at the very first picture that I took and realized that I’d caught a mom and baby.08-02-20momandbaby08-02-20buffaloflowerI chatted with another photographer as we enjoyed the scene.  He had lived in the area for 40 years he said, and he takes every chance he gets to enjoy the scenery in the good weather, because the winters are brutal.  Which reminded me of what my friend said about visiting the campground in the winter, or attempting to visit their campsite.  Thigh deep snow defeated their attempt.  And my cousin had stressed that she sits out on her deck and enjoys her flowers every minute that she can because the summer is so short in Jackson.  It really was perfect summer weather with chilly nights and then hot in the sun.  I found that if I sat in dappled shade to read a book I needed a sweatshirt.  Yes, to me that was perfect weather, and a wonderful trip that I was lucky to be able to enjoy.  Especially this year, when things aren’t quite normal.  I’m not sure I feel quite normal either, but I’m working on it…