Friday, October 21, 2016

Time For Reflections

We finally had some time on a sunny Thursday to head out to the marsh for a nice long walk and reflect on the times we are living in. Lucky for us, the marsh said, "oh you want reflections, how about these?"
I didn't watch the debate on Wednesday night, but I did read about it and heard some of the one-line zingers. My mom and Roger watched it. The debate upset my mother so much that it took her hours to finally fall asleep, and when she woke in the morning she literally felt sick to her stomach. Roger and I walked and talked about what's being said by friends, by headlines, by fellow bloggers and in-depth reported news stories. We are overwhelmed by all the words, the passion, the fear, but then we noticed that the sky was perfectly reflected in the bay's rising tide.
Cell phone photo

We walked quietly on, noticing in each pond a different perspective of sky. We saw ripples with barely a hint of wind, and we started to sing out loud the Grateful Dead song, Ripple. We had a good laugh about that. We came upon some dabbling ducks sleeping in the reflected sky. They looked like they were floating in air. It was such a trick of light and water. Roger and I both tried to photograph how they looked suspended like that between sky and water, but I don't think we captured it. Ah well, it was really quite a sight.
Camera photo
We walked and walked and saw the sky everywhere; it was above us and below us. It wowed us with its beauty.
And the drama of the political world slipped away, as it should... as it should.

21 comments:

  1. Lovely alternative to the political messes out there. No live debate watching here, but plenty of peeking through my fingers at snippets and dribs and drabs. Oh, and the latest Simon's Cat cartoon!

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    1. isabelita-- I've never seen a more contentious election season in my life. It's pretty horrible in every way. So, nature does provide the very best most sane balance.

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  2. It looks a very peaceful place to go and forget the troubles of the world.

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    1. Bill-- The best place ever to go and forget. Works like a charm every time!

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  3. Love your pictures.

    We are stardust, nothing more. Tiny specks without significance in the universe. OK, so some may not be stardust but chicken shit but it boils down to the same thing.

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    1. Sabine-- You and I share the same perspective of our place on earth. Humans have really made a mess of it. If only more of our species grasped our insignificance and embraced with good cheer rather than guns and hate.

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  4. The debates have been so disturbing. Like your mother, I had a hard time falling asleep after each one. After this last one I stayed up and watched an old episode of VEEP just to put politics back into perspective for me. Worked like a charm.

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    1. Colette-- I'll tell my mom she was not alone in her restlessness after the debate. I know it will make her feel better. We haven't watched VEEP, but just finished (over the past few months) all seven seasons of West Wing. Ah, the sanity of TV!

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  5. See, you can always trust what the marsh says. Tell your mother that she's not the only one who feels sick over this political spectacle. Bonus points for invoking the Dead. ;-) More Jerry, less hate.

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    1. Sharon-- Hah! We can trust what the marsh says. I will tell my mom that she shared her stomach-churning malaise with some dear blogging friends. Yay Jerry!

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  6. It is a terrible time. I hope it'll be better when the election is over but fear it will not. The best answer is less news of all sorts. Perhaps she can find some other programs she enjoys that instill peace not anxiety. I wasn't going to watch the debate because I feel anxious when people argue and are angry. I did in the end watch it but felt more frustrated than angry at it. Nature is a restorative for sure. Maybe taking her for a drive where she can sit in the car and watch the ocean or birds in a refuge would help her.

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    1. Rain-- We've been showing her more pleasant things to watch. She appreciates seeing the lesser goldfinches out the window, eating the Cosmos and hopping from shaky stem to shaky stem. We offered her a ride out to the marsh with us, but she chose to stay home. She's feeling better, but would really like to be on the other side of this election. Wouldn't we all!

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  7. I really like what you tried to capture with the dabbling ducks in the "sky." And, the final image is really nice.

    Kali and I didn't watch any of the debates. Were the debates going to influence our voting decisions? Not a chance, so why bother and get irritated. A friend of mine posted three times on Facebook during the second debate, each post more enraged than the last. I finally commented, "Why are you torturing yourself?" She replied to say that her husband had wondered the same thing.

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    1. Scott-- Thank you! Those ducks looked so interesting and cool floating in space like that. We loved it. I didn't watch a single debate either. What's the point? I know who I'm voting for, so why subject myself to such horrors?

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  8. I can relate to your Mom's reaction. This whole process has me out of sorts. Please be over soon.
    Perhaps like you, a nice walk with Nature will help.

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    1. Arkansas Patti-- It's so interesting to me how many people feel this election season viscerally. I chose not to watch the debates because I sensed Trump's predatory nature and could not subject myself to his persona. Nature always helps!

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  9. I've never been worried that Trump would win. I thought it self-evident that he wouldn't and have just rolled my eyes at the fear-mongering. I didn't watch any of the debates and have avoided the broadcast and newsprint post mortems of each.
    Of much more importance to me is the revelation that marches make puns!

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    1. That's "marshes" not "marches."

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    2. CCorax-- This whole election season has been a nightmare. I worry about the polling places on the 8th. Some people are going to be very angry. I just can't wait until November 9th. And yes, marshes make puns! It's absolutely true. And the jokes the egrets tell about the herons, well they're just not repeatable!

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  10. Lovely photos!
    No comment on the insane politics.

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    1. Ontario Wanderer-- So go to hear from you! Glad you liked the photos.

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