Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Morning Walk

I learned a new word this week:

1. to spend the summer, at a specific place or in a certain activity
2. to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state, as certain reptiles, snails, insects and small mammals

That's exactly how I've spent the last few weeks of this dry, hot summer . . . estivating! I slowed down and stayed indoors longing for cooler weather.

Finally the temperatures are starting to drop a little. The arrival of cooler mornings has me returning to my morning walks which are the most peaceful part of my day. That's the time I tune out the worries of life and simple enjoy the quiet.

I breathe deep, relax, hum a little, sing a little, and smile a lot. I even stop and do a little jig now and then.

As I walk down the country road I hear the cadence of my footsteps, the squirrels scampering through the trees, the birds singing their morning songs, and the leaves dancing across the pavement.

I watch the weeds sway in the wind.

I feel the sun on my shoulders . . .

and see it bring light to the dark forest.

What, may I ask, could be any better than this?

There's only one other place I find such peace and that's near water, but since on most mornings that's not an option, I treasure my peaceful morning walks along a country road.


  1. Such a lovely way to take in your day, Cathy! I estivated this year too! All lovely captures to illustrate your words!

  2. I estivated at the beach all summer, but not in the usual beach-goer fashion. I love the leaf in the road shot.

  3. Beautiful pictures. Glad you find some peace in this world.

  4. What a lovely place to walk in the morning when everything is so fresh. It has to make for a great start to your day.....I love the light in the dark forest...Hopefully you will be getting some cooler weather soon....

  5. What a great word! Glad its cooling down a bit for you :)

  6. The #2 of estivate is what we do in the summers here in the desert. We are getting cool here in the mornings also so good and I am back to my morning walks instead of the inside treadmill. All is good in this part of the country.

  7. What a wonderful post, Cathy! I felt like I was right there with you.

  8. So glad to see you are having some cooler morning walks again, Cathy--and, oh how I would love to see you doing a little jig along the way :)

    Lovely, lovely nature photos!

  9. i don't love summer. i want to love it, because everyone else does, but i can not tolerate the heat!!! you made the right choice, it's cooling off now. your images are beautiful!!!!

  10. I wish I have the luxury of time to estivate. :)

  11. What a wonderful way to start your day, Cathy! I'm glad it's cooler there and you can get out and enjoy your country road. Lovely images!

  12. These are so pretty. Beautiful images and love reading your thoughts, so soothing.

  13. I love your pictures,,,,a beautiful post, Cathy!

  14. Simply lovely. - Isn't it great to get out and enjoy nature's bountiful beauty.

  15. i enjoyed these pictures once again and found the leaf to be my favorite. i am always happiest when i am outdoors although as i type that, i think, that's not true as i love being home!!!!


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