Oh no!  It’s after dinner, and I haven’t any outdoor blog idea…or any photos to share!  What should I do?

The Old Friend "Eagle Pond"

The Old Friend "Eagle Pond"

Obviously, hop in the car and drive down to the Eagle Pond.  One could walk, but there’s the problem of those waggy-tailed roaming dogs who live in between here and there.  I’m sorry, but I didn’t want their tongue-panting sweet-lipped noisy jumpy company.  I wanted….shhhh….quiet….sitting beside the pond until the Mind is as still as the reflection of trees on the water.

Geometric reflections

Geometric reflections

Well, the Mind never did get that quiet.  However, the camera lens began to wander here and there, up and down, around and around, seeking some interesting views.  It wanted to see some deer lapping water from the still pond, or perhaps an eagle diving low, or maybe even the reflection of a dragonfly against the blue depths.  Never mind what it wanted.

Instead it saw:

Slugs on pink

Slugs on pink

The question is:  what is that pink lifeboat the slugs are marooned upon?  I carefully leaned forward to gently prod.  Seemed like a pink mushroom. It rested very close to the water.  The slugs seemed happy.

Cushion of soft wet green moss

Cushion of soft wet green moss

I brought a dry purple cushion to sit upon next to the pond, considering that it rained gustily much of the morning.  Can you imagine how soaked you would be if you lowered yourself unwittingly upon that wet green moss?  You’d be headed home in two seconds flat, and just think how wet your car seat would get.

Beaver-chewed floating sticks

Beaver-chewed floating sticks

Just before heading home, I discovered a new path in the woods.  It was an animal trail, probably a deer trail.  I imagined the deer coming down to drink in the early pink morning skies.  Perhaps the beavers or otters splashing around.  Chickadees singing overhead.  Kind of makes you want to get up at 6 a.m. and sit cross-legged in the dawn, doesn’t it?  Kind of?  Almost?

Hidden deer path

Hidden deer path

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