A walk in the woods

I’m struggling with not being outdoors. I know – get over it.

It was 29Β°F this morning when I brewed coffee, and Killington Ski Resort in VT opened up this past weekend. πŸ™‚

Our property borders a wooded area so the other day, I put on my boots, grabbed a real camera and headed out for a short walk.

I can’t hike the area because there are way two many downed trees and vines. But, I could walk a ways and check out Mother Nature’s unseen gifts.

Nature really is beautiful if you can only take the time to look all around and enjoy the little things.

Then there is the part of nature that is left by us humans, and it is quite embarrassing. I don’t think rebar growing into a tree, DD cups or five gallon plastic buckets were intended to be part of our natural environment.

I’ve done some raking and the wind did some more. I have a couple of beds that get buried in leaves from a neighbor’s oaks so if I take some off in the fall, I can work for hours and not days in the spring.

Have you adjusted to the time change? It takes me a while. I wish they’d just decide to leave it one way or the other. But, hey, no one asks me what I think because they probably have heard about my daylight savings time rant. πŸ™‚

Happy first Monday in November.

This is a special day on my calendar – it’s my grandson’s 14th birthday. Oh, but ‘grandchildren time’ certainly flies by. Happy Birthday big guy!

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76 Responses to A walk in the woods

  1. Oddment says:

    First, of course, happy birthday to your grandson! Bittersweet, yes? You are so right about “grandchildren time”; we do want them to grow into splendid adults but we also want more rocking chair time.
    Your photos are distressing. Such beauty and such insults to it. Another lesson in backyard observations.
    As to clock change, HA. I will have adjusted about the time we change again. Happy first Monday in November to you, too, Judy!

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  2. Beautiful autumn gallery, Judy. Happy 14th to your grandson. They grow up so quickly. I also wish the time would stay the same, but I guess if I had to get up and go to work in the dark, I may feel differently.

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  3. Good fall morning, Judy! You saw some of nature’s best fall beauty on your walk in the woods. No, I’m not used to the time change yet. Give me a few more days… happy birthday to your grandson! Yes, grandchildren time flies by. Mine is almost 16! How did that happen so fast?

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  4. joyroses13 says:

    That tree is lovely! It is harder to get up and get going when it is cold. I agree! Happy Birthday to your grandson!

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  5. I’m with you all the way! That sudden extra hour of dark comes crashing down. It would be much better to get used to it gradually. I would be in favor of leaving the time set to Eastern Standard Time so that it isn’t quite so dark in the morning when winter comes. True, we would lose an hour in the summer, but having dusk come at 8:00 rather than 9:00 would be no burden. Anyway…Happy, happy, happy to your grandson!

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    Those are beautiful photos, Judy. I especially like the one with the water drop and the solitary leaf. It is always sad to see litter mixed in with nature. I see it at the park we walk in, and there are multiple trash cans withing easy walking distance – what’s wrong with people. I’m not on much of a schedule yet, but I do like this time of year. I raked some of our neighbor’s oak leaves yesterday. They haven’t all fallen, but I put 6 bags out for today’s pickup.

    Happy Birthday to your grandson! Tell him I said November babies are the best πŸ˜‰

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m with you on the time change, wish they’d just leave it, but I think even though most people dislike it, Congress won’t change it. Just like the Electoral College, another outdated construct. Mumble-grumble. πŸ˜‰
    I’m missing being outside putzing in the garden, too. As the days get chillier, even walks will be shorter. I swear the adjustments get harder with each passing year. Are you escaping South again this year? Soo envious of those who do.
    The rebar in the tree makes me sad. Two trees impacted – it is a perfect example of being stuck between a rock and a hard place. πŸ˜‰ Once the foliage dies back, all the trash comes to light once again. I often take a trash bag in spring after the snow melts when I walk along the road, picking up the discards that thoughtless folks throw out over the winter. Beer cans, bottles, nips and coffee cups/lids. Seems like a pattern, eh?
    HB to your grandson. They do grow up so fast. I miss the hugs and snuggles when they go off into the world. Alas, it’s the way of the world, it seems. πŸ˜‰

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  8. Murphy's Law says:

    Happy Birthday to your grandson, πŸŽ‚πŸ¨πŸ•πŸ’₯🎈🎁 Hope his special day is just that…special.
    Catherine is 23-1/2. I have no idea how that happened because I’m sure it was only a few months ago when she was born!! Lol.

    You took some great shots of Mother Nature at her best, and the trash from humans at their worst. Why are people so careless and just plain lazy? If you can manage to walk all the way into the woods carrying a bottle of soda, then you damn well can manage to carry the empty bottle back to your car or bike or directly home!! It’s not rocket science.

    Hate the time changes. Even though we “gained” an hour, I still feel like I lost a day! πŸ™„

    Happy first Monday in November. Happy week ahead.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • Sunday, I felt like I grabbed a red eye and hadn’t slept yet. πŸ™‚ It really is strange when it truly seems like yesterday they were born, and now we’re having conversations with young adults. It sure is nice to be able to go to them with technology questions. πŸ™‚

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  9. Joyce says:

    Happy Grandma-of-another Teenager Day, Judy! Our oldest boys are 11 now and if I didn’t have a batch of younger ones to distract me, I’d be in the same state of disbelief you are in now. It’s great to see our own kids mature and need less and less of our time and energy, but that should NOT be a privilege extended to grandkids!
    BUT!!!!…………
    having said all that, you can sit back and relax, reflecting on the amount of quality time you invested in those kids while they grew up – the hours camping, long walks on the shore, fairy garden shows, supporting music and equine endeavors…..handing over those envelopes stuffed with cash for every holiday!…..searching for the right candy, and being a great grandma to the family bunny! You’ve done it all, and like settling back to let winter arrive in your garden, you can rightfully say, “Well done, me!”
    And I don’t mind “falling back” but I HATE “springing forward” – and this is from someone who wakes up any old time she feels like it!

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    • Wow – two more years and yours will be teens too. You are lucky that those sweet young ones are around to keep giving those hugs. I know you enjoy them all, and you certainly should. I do have some great memories, and they keep my heart warm. I’m an early riser, but I can’t say these last couple of days of waking up at 4 something is a habit I want to get into. πŸ™‚

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  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    I agree that there’s nothing quite like a walk in nature to rebalance the spirit. Trash on the other hand makes me grind my teeth!! Yesterday on a popular trail I noticed several people with disposal coffee cups in their hand. I wondered how many of those cups would find their way back to their vehicles. Is that really so much to ask?!!

    The semi-annual time change doesn’t affect me. It’s ‘just’ an hour … my problems come from travelling over time zones of several hours. That’s when I get all messed up!

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  11. The woods behind you are lovely. Except for the trash of course.

    I hope your Grandson has a wonderful day and awesome year. 14 goes down in my history book as one of my very few stellar years.

    Grandchildren time does go by fast. I am spending the next 11 days with #1 and already the past two days with him have flown by!

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  12. Prior... says:

    Hi Judy…. I am not a fan of daylight savings but roll with it.
    Your walk sounds refreshing and enjoyed the pics
    On a side note – I was reading this post earlier today but had to pause – when I came back – it opened to a link for a similar post of yours – which was from 2016 – “mid November” and glad I read it because you mentioned that product for getting green off of plastic fences – spray and forget? I am
    Going to look for some πŸ˜‰

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  13. Tara says:

    I’m so thankful Daylight Saving Time ended and we’re back on Standard Time. They should leave it on Standard Time. I don’t need a sunset near 9 p.m. in the summer, thank you very much.

    Lovely photos. I haven’t been to Vermont, but it’s on my list. I like the cold and pretty scenery, so I think Vermont and I will get along well.

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  14. Beautiful shots I never really stepped away from the computer or library long enough to notice fall but those nasty winds were NUTS.
    Have a beautiful week.

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  15. Marilyn says:

    I enjoy your rants.

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  16. Nancy says:

    Happy Birthday to your grandson. A special day indeed!

    Your nature photography is beautiful. It just feels good to get out and feel the air in your face.

    And you know… here in AZ we leave our clocks alone. Its wonderful.

    And Rant On! πŸ™‚

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  17. Your autumn colours are so beautiful. Here in Australia some states have DLS time in summer while others don’t. It becomes very confusing at times. We live in Queensland and we don’t have DLS but many people would like it if we did.

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  18. Lovely pictures! I love the one of the berries with the single droplet. I think I’ve discovered the cure for these time changes… I’m currently traveling with no fixed schedule. The time must have changed (and I assume our iPhones and iPads made the switch) but it was completely off our radar. When we finally get home, our bodies will have adjusted. Easy peasy.

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  19. Eilene Lyon says:

    I’m going to run for president on a single-issue platform: abolish the time change forever!

    Thanks for sharing the little beauties of nature (and making us grimace at our trash). Fall is a glorious season!

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  20. joey says:

    Lovely pics! I love those little pink red trees. I always say I’ll look them up and then I don’t, hah. When I didn’t work, I cleaned a lot more litter on my walks than I do now. Honestly, I think other people are also doing it. Also, it’s worse in the city, yeah?
    I detest daylight savings, both ways, but spring ahead is awfuler — I truly feel unwell for days after 😦
    I don’t much get to see the grandbabies, so I’ll take your word for it. Maybe one of our kids will decide to live close AND breed and then we’ll get to have frequent grandkid experiences. Maybe that will happen when we’re empty nested. Yeah, that’d be nice πŸ˜‰

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  21. Glad you were able to get into nature a little before it became too cold. It is always strange to see what others lef behind and someoetime you can’t even imagine how it got there. This time of the year brings a stillness to the woods but there is a lot of color. The time change is hard to adjust to for me at first and usually forget about it until I am an hour early or late for church. It is clearly marked on the calendar but I don’t pay any attention to it either. πŸ™‚ I hope you and your grandson enjoyed his birthday. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Ally Bean says:

    Your photos of autumn color are pretty. We didn’t have much of an autumn around here. I prefer standard time, not being a fan of DST so falling back this last weekend was easy for me. I agree with you though, just pick one time system, stick with it, and be done with it. How difficult could that be? 🀨

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  23. Really nice pics, Judy. I’m glad you included the ugly too, if for no other reason than to remind someone out there to keep the earth as we’re supposed to find it. I had a bit of a senior moment for several beats when I woke up on Sunday; I was convinced all of this should be taking place from Sunday-to-Monday rather than Saturday-to-Sunday. Fortunately the coffee got my brain working again. – Marty

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  24. germac4 says:

    A belated happy birthday to your grandson … I hate the thought of my two year old granddaughter growing up.. she just melts our hearts with the things she says and does. I don’t think I had the chance to really observe my own children in the same way.. even though I am very close to them… we were just so busy surviving really!
    Love your photos of the woods … but good that you included the ugly ones …sad that humans leave such a mess. πŸ˜‚

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  25. Rose says:

    I don’t remember your Daylight ST rant…but bet I would have agreed. I really don’t like it.
    I love your photographs…there is so much beauty in nature. Even weeds can be beautiful…just think how beautiful poison ivy gets!

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  26. Denzil says:

    Thankfully they are thinking of scrapping the time change over here!

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  27. Rupali says:

    Beautiful colours Judy.

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  28. Brenda says:

    I find the time change so much easier now that I’m retired. We can move our schedule gradually over a week or so, rather than having it abruptly thrust on us due to work hours. It’s hard to reason with the dogs, though, when their “it’s time to eat” alarm clocks go off.

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  29. Still a lot to see in your woods. Unfortunate about all the junk, sad that so many people are so thoughtless.

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  30. jkitt750 says:

    For over twenty years, every October, I brought my grade 12 Environmental Science classes to Runnels Bridge in Hollis, NH to conduct water quality tests on the Nashua River. As part of our trip we started with a riverside trash cleanup. This is a site where fishermen and partiers often gather and then leave their trash behind. Every year we would collect over two hundred pounds of trash. I know the amount because we did the cleanup as a contest. The group of two that collected the most trash earned an extra credit A. I brought my bathroom scale to weigh the trash. Talk about enthusiasm! I will say though that a few of the discarded beer bottles we found may have been previously left by some of the students in my classes. I can only hope that the trip made a sea change in their behaviors! I sorry that you found trash on your walk in the woods.

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    • I applaud you for including this in your teaching curriculum. What better lesson is there than seeing this first hand and how fast it accumulates. I can only imagine 20 years of students stopping to think before tossing something out a window or leaving it behind for someone else to clean up. Thank you!

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  31. Junieper2 says:

    Brr, already below zero in your neck of the woods! here it’s still in the 70ties and am catching up with everyone after the repeated power outages because of the 9+ fires in California. What I like about people like you, who know so much about plants, is that you can always find some interesting plant, berry, or flower, no matter what the weather is like! Have a great weekend, Judy!

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