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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Morning Walk


I learned a new word this week:

estivate
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.

15 comments:

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

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

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

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  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....

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

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  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.

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

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  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!

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  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!!!!

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

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  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!

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

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

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

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  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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