On and Over the Hills

"Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther." ~ Thomas Carlyle

Nature Gets Inside

It’s a chemical thing. Endorphin-pumping experiences are irresistible. A dearth for an extended period can be damaging. Some run, some dance, some find their fun in taking chances. How long can we go without before we are no longer ourselves?

Unfortunately, if you are relying on nature to provide a sublime sunrise or sunset, the soft caress of a gentle sun-warmed breeze or to show you one of her wild children to get your endorphin fix, you may suffer for it. Nature has her own plans, or more truthfully, her own ways of looking after herself. Humans, with our self-indulgent tendency to emotional reactions are only a small part of her priorities.

Who knows why she sent a harsh and humid easterly to cover my world for nearly two weeks. She has denied us the sun so much this winter, but she has pulled a white quilt over her sensitive offspring that protects them and will provide them with ample water when they wake: snow, for which she designed the Canada Lynx and the Snowshoe Hare.

Then she sent five long days of heavy fog that coated the world and tested the trees, pruning the weakest branches to allow the strongest to thrive.

A chickadee came and assured me that Nature knows what she is doing. She is a hard mother. Only the fittest survive in her family. She does everything for a reason.

It would be nice to think that she cleared the sky yesterday and allowed the sun to bathe the earth just to give me an uplifting dose of endorphins, but I know I am insignificant. I am reassured. That is as it should be.

She was just ending her test, relieving the boughs of their burden and bestowing a kiss of congratulations on the survivors. I just got in line. She brought one day of spring and made it rain snow from the trees. I stood and listened. The sound washed my soul.

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If you are interested in the lynx and hare, I’ve shared what I’ve learned about them on my nature blog.

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19 comments on “Nature Gets Inside

  1. Bob Zeller
    March 30, 2011

    Cindy, I always look forward to your wonderful writings and photographs of your part of the world. Again, you didn’t disappoint, as if you ever would. :-) Excellent!

    • missusk76
      March 30, 2011

      Thank you Bob. It is truly fun to experience the world this way. I appreciate having the connection to the nature of Texas through your amazing photography and informative and entertaining descriptions. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.

    • FishFearMe
      April 1, 2011

      I have to agree with Bob. Your photos are terrific and your writing even better. This is my first visit to your blog and it certainly won’t be the last. Nice job!

      Toby

      • missusk76
        April 2, 2011

        Thank you very much, Toby. I appreciate your coming by to read and leaving such an encouraging comment. I must say that your blog name is very intriguing. I will pop over and have a read for sure.

  2. mizmagee
    March 31, 2011

    Cindy, these are lovely images and the lynx photo is amazing. Good to be reminded that our northern extended winters hold such beauty. I get impatient for spring!

    • missusk76
      March 31, 2011

      Thank you so much mizmagee (Magee?). Our winters are beautiful. They are just so very long. Winter and spring are battling it out here just now. You know who I’m rooting for.

  3. Bob Zeller
    March 31, 2011

    Check my blog tomorrow morning. You will be receiving an award. :-)

    • missusk76
      March 31, 2011

      I’m all excited, Bob. How did you know today is my birthday?

  4. photosbymartina
    March 31, 2011

    Cindy, I get tired of being in the snow, but I never get tired of seeing your lovely images of winter’s wonderland. These are beautiful and so are your words.

    • missusk76
      March 31, 2011

      Thank you, Martina. I appreciate your visit and kind comment very much.

  5. Jim Rook
    April 2, 2011

    Cindy, The picture of the Chickadee is tack on sharp and the colors and texture of the moss and wood are fantastic. I especially like how the light exposure on the white below the eye of the little bird brings my attention immediately to that point. Very nice.
    Jim

    • missusk76
      April 2, 2011

      Thanks so much, Jim. I felt very lucky to get that shot. I don’t have a zoom lens and was amazed when this little sweetie came so close to play in the old willow only about 6′ from me, while I snapped a half a dozen pictures. This is the only one in which it is at all still. I appreciate the detailed comment very much. I had to go back to look at the picture to see what you meant about the “…white below the eye”. I wish I could say I knew what I was doing at that point.

  6. photosbymartina
    April 5, 2011

    I’ve come back to check up on you and to view the lovely images once again! Hope you are doing well!

    • missusk76
      April 10, 2011

      I’m quite well, Martina. Just busy. Thanks for popping by again.

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  8. Heather
    April 9, 2011

    You must have had the same snow we got in Newfoundland while I was there. Terrific series of pictures and I always enjoy your insights. My favourite images are the lone tree and the lynx. Beautiful work, as always, Cindy.

    • missusk76
      April 10, 2011

      That was the last significant snow we had, but I’m not holding my breath yet. :) Thank you, Heather.

  9. Inflation Silver Gold
    April 17, 2011

    So peaceful and amazing. Nature is a beatuful thing huh?

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