Wednesday, February 2, 2011

sunlight in february

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It's a balmy fifty-five degrees outside my family's home in Maryland. The thick blanket of snow, that has covered the ground since Christmas, is lifting into the air and sinking into the soil. I woke up to mist so thick the whole world became a white haze. I decided to take a walk with the old beagle dog. Putting on rubber boots, coat and shawl, we tramped off through the woods together.

Our feet splashed through frozen slush, and from time to time, patches of earth at the base of a tree, would reveal a hint of green moss or ivy which outlasted the snow's icy shroud. When we reached the bay the sun was shining bright. The mist cleared. I took a seat on top of an old wooden pick nick table, warmed in the afternoon sun. I was so flushed from the briskness of our walk that I felt compelled to take off my coat and wool sweater. Then through some strange impulse, I took off my boots and socks too.

No one was in sight except for the good old dog. I could see for miles down the shoreline. So, with the Chesapeake bay before me and the snowy white world behind, I did a series of sun salutations, right on the pick nick table. There is nothing more delightful than to move and breathe in the open air. I kept my eyes wide open through the postures breathing in the sights of the world. The steel gray water and wispy clouds, snowy earth and gray tree trunks turned upside down as I stretched in the sunshine. And before I knew it I was turning pirouettes on the wooden table top. At last, it was time to come back down to earth. I put on my coat and shoes, whistled for the beagle and trudged my way back to realty, but with a light heart and a fully nourished spirit.

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8 comments:

Angela said...

sounds divine!

natalie said...

What a wonderful morning. Peaceful and full of warmth of an early, dawning Spring. Beautiful words and captures.

Anonymous said...

Breath taking images and text.
I love having your vision of the Bay and of you celebrating being fully human.... Stripping away winter clothes. Your yoga sun saluations celebrating the gift of life and nature.

What a perfect observance to the exact half way point between the solitice and the equinox. Much better way to honor Feb. 2nd than to drag a poor Ground Hog into the blinking camera lights and crowds. You and beloved dog predict a soon spring! Thus breathe life and hope back into us!

Thank you for this inspired post.
I love everything about it!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE MOSS!

Anonymous said...

How lovely to think of all that lucious green life cozy under the blanket of snow. Waiting til warmth sets it free. Like we!

mamamerrick said...

How true. It's now the snowy white winter world behind and also the Bay. With Sun Salutations ahead!

Looking forward to hearing more tales from your journey to summerland. Ohhh and the photographs you will be taking. We are in for a treat!

Lucky you...

Eleni said...

Nice work! I'm all about sneaking in a little magic while nobody's looking :)

susanna said...

Grin. Well, that was a celebration of soon-to-be spring! I drove through your beautiful state this past weekend and the sight of Chesapeake Bay was worth a little dance on a picnic table!

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