Living Abundantly

in #wednesdaywalk4 months ago (edited)


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Today was a most generous day, steeped in copious blushes of saturation, the sun and shine light up my fading complexion. Life is good!

I'm really not sure what kind of tree this is but the almost fern-like leaves are green in the summer months and very soft looking to the eye. They don't feel soft, but, even in the autumn, they show off their unique character

I breathe deeply, inhaling the intensity of the feeling.

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I walk through the morning dew, taking a lower angle to get a picture of my little Christmas tree in the yard. This tree is a few years old and I dug it up from my old summer house in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, close to the Canadian border. I spent countless summers up there, swimming and learning how to grow in abundance. My kids were babies and they ran free, without borders or many restraints. They were golden times.

Le sigh.

Eventually, the day came for another family to take our place, to make it their home and have their freedom. So when I was leaving, I dug up a couple of trees and some lilies by the pond. I recouped a lilac tree from my Great Grandmother that I had put up there from her house. Some people collect things. I collect memories. Still. I know that I have told you that before. Oh, yes! I am all about the memories and yet, I love to live in the moment.

These plants and trees are my memories, in part. Of good times and hard times, of laughter and tears. But always and forever, no matter what, it's a memory - and they are mine to keep.

If I get a little closer, you can see how pretty her little needles really are. Someday, she'll be old enough for me to dig up and use her for the annual Christmas Tree. I cannot help but think what a special blessing that will be for us. Paying homage to such a beautiful part of our life, then carefully placing her back in Mother Earth.


This post is dedicated to #WednesdayWalk by @Tattoodjay and #TreeTuesday by @Old-Guy-Photos. Pull on those shoes and get out for a walk - and hug a tree while you are there.

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As we get to the front of the house, I can see the starburst of sun piercing through the red maple tree. It is a real show, the dazzling brilliance of the red, yellow, and orange leaves, not to mention the red berries that have come and mostly gone. And I have to wonder, wasn't it just yesterday that I was walking through the summer of life?

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Stepping out into the neighborhood, which is alive with color, I walk towards the pond across the street. There are actually more green trees and I have to carefully select the ones in color, we have far to go before we are even close to peak. I am enjoying the displays around the area. We are indeed lucky to have such a beautiful Autumn. I enjoy watching the cycle of life represented here. The beauty, the vulnerable winter, revealing her true self, and the regeneration as it comes once again. It gives you so many reasons to be in awe of Mother Nature.

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The pond has this big tree full of green and streaks of blue (yes! blue!) lichen on it. Lichen is actually part of the biological soil crust. I have always just thought of it as a parasite of sorts. But, that was until it started putting out the blue color. Now, I just think it is kind of cool.

Isn't nature amazing and beautiful, all in the same breath. Definitely. Yes.

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This was a short jaunt today, I found all the trees and enough steps going down to the pond and back. The red maples sister tree at the front of the house. So, until next week or I find another tree to post, I want to thank both @old-guy-photos and @tattoodjay for hosting these challenges! You can find the latest #TreeTuesday post here.You can find the latest #WednesdayWalk post here.Thank you!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Let the sun shine in on your life
So the joy may touch your soul

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A flower. There must be.. Always and forever. This flower is dedicated to #WednesdayYellow #ColorChallenge by @Kalemandra, who colors my world every day.

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I touch you lightly
With my thoughts
Your heart is next to mine
Caressed by hands of love
My love
Lips to lips, sweet, gentle kiss
Tracing the reality back to my heart
I roll over, and the moment takes its escape
Again

And just like that, this post is done. Thank you for coming along with me, perusing life. Have a wonderful day. And never forget. Kindness counts.



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I always post this poem down at the bottom of my posts. It is one that has become so near and dear to my heart.

they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered,
"where does it hurt?"
it answered,

"everywhere"
"everywhere"
"everywhere"

warsan shire



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The vibrant colors and bokeh effect of the first image are so lovely. Happy Wednesday.

You collect memories! How beautiful ... I feel the sadness that you are leaving somewhere else and many memories will remain in this place.
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I believe I won't be going anywhere for the moment. I am on a sit and wait right now. I will see how the plan goes. Of course, plans can change at them whim of someone higher up than me.

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Thank you for the wonderful support! Always.

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So, everything can change, I hope it will be best for you.

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Thank you, Denise!

What gorgeous shots all so beautiful the colors in that first shot and the cool leaves are wonderful. I walk by the trees is right up there for me ads favorite places to walk

Thats interesting your brought some trees and plants from the old place tot he new

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :)

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Thank you so much @Tattoodjay!

You are so kind and generous with your words! Thank you so much and yes! You are right. There is a special connection with those trees and I. We like to walk together and talk together.

I have been carrying them around for years. When I lived outside CONUS, I planted them in the summer house to keep until I got back. :)

Thank you for hosting the Wednesday Walk!

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Me Kind and generous did you get me mixed up with someone else LOL
Thats cool you have been carrying them around for years :)

My Pleasure to host the walk and thanks for the tip :)

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Such beautiful thoughts, @dswigle! And your pictures are stunning

You are so kind and thoughtful~ Thank you so much. And thank you for such wonderful support! I wish you the most wonderful Thursday!

Good night!

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Keep walking and writing them wonderful words!

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I love all the images but what I love most is the words you explained about the mapple tree.
I can see the star bust piercing the mapple tree.

I found it romantic and sweet. lol Just being sweet anyway. I don't what it means to have an autumn. But I love to experience it.

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Oh yeah memories are great. I think someone once said it like memories are the things that were, and dreams are the things that will be. I kind of think both are important.

I like the idea of taking plants. I have a lilac from the lake cottage, and a now over sized Christmas tree from the farm house. I also love to collect rocks from places. I brought back way too many large quartz from the Virginia lot :)

Oh speaking of cool trees, run over to @hangin's page and check out his tree Tuesday. I never saw such a cool tree. Seriously.

When you said you didn't know what kind of tree that was, I instantly knew it was a Christmas tree and was wondering if you had lost your marbles. snicker..... I'm so glad to see that you haven't.

The lichen tree with the colorful fall leaves at the top as background...... loving this shot.

Nice.... very nice.

Felicitaciones! Muy bellas esas fotos,muy brillantes y con un colorido demasiado impresionante amiga,su lente capta muy nitidas las imagenes,feliz noche y un lindo amanecer,saludos

I once tried growing my own Christmas trees. The plan was to start tiny in a big pot and before it needed to be planted, use it as the Tree, then donate it to a nearby State Park.

Alas, the Cat had other plans. No tree for me.

Oh!! And the cat still lives even though the tree doesn't? :)

I think they are hard to keep alive in pots. Honestly. LOL Now, I cannot get that vision out of my head!

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Haha. Yes, the cat lives on. That particular cat helped my oldest son get through the worst of his depression, so she's earned at least a little from me.

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You say the sweetest things! Thank you so much for your kind and generous words. You have a way of making people feel so good about themselves. ❤️

Oh! How sweet!!! Queen for a moment in time!!!

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Such beautiful fall colors!
I'm like you with my collections of plants that hold memories! Some people make a specific memory or memorial garden - my memory plants are spred throughout my many gardens.
Such a beautifully written post I really enjoyed reading it (and looking at the photos)- thanks for sharing!

Beautiful trees surround you!
Such an amazing place to be warmed and nourished by colourful trees with precious memories! A blanket of beauty and warm feeling wrap around your garden with lots of love from the good old days!
The present and the past are intermingled into what is going to be the future and yet it’s always the present as soon as you are living there!

Have a great day!

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Breathing deeply, inhaling the intensity of the feeling...beautiful ❤

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Ooh wonderful colours !
You love to make the junction point between past and present, by cherishing memories and living present fully at the same time ...😉
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What a great walk!
And a fabulous depiction of what autumn is!

What a great walk! And
A fabulous depiction
Of what autumn is!

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Awww the tree with the lichen, what a wonderful photo. I love looking up and I love hugging trees. Your choice of words is very poetic, I always enjoy your posts, thank you 😊

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beautiful photos. can never get enuf autumn. adore that poem at the end, thanks! i need to go find more. well written poetry is so under-rated.

Most beautiful shots here Lady Denise.
A beautiful walk indeed and the colors are stunning.
I am in a hurry as our electrical shutdown is due soon.
Blessings to you!

Beautiful post and great photos!!

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You definitely captured the beauty of all of the trees you featured! Awesome!

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