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March 9, 2013

Peeling Away the Layers

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Hi there! I took a little blogging break without even really meaning to. Did you miss me? I did my best to still pop in on all of you.
The blogging muse in my mind has been quiet for a while. She has a tendency to do that when it is gray outside. That’s how it has been around here for a couple weeks. Gray, snowy, rainy, drizzly, wintery-mixy. Until today. The sun came out and it is 50° outside.
Snow is melting.
drip, drip, drip
Water is flowing.
the brook is back
Sap is running.
the sap is running
And I feel like peeling away the layers. The layers of warm winter clothing. The layers of dry winter skin. The layers of the few extra pounds that I probably put on this winter. The layers of cabin-fever cobwebs building up in my mind. A sunny 50° day in March can do that.
As a life-long New Englander, I’m not naive enough to believe that Old Man Winter is done with us BUT I’m finally starting to feel that spring is around the corner. A colleague and I were discussing how the birdsong has changed recently, as though the birds know that spring’s arrival is imminent.
While the dogs and I were walking today, I was stopped in our path by the sounds of many red-winged blackbirds cavorting in the trees above the stream. I was unable to get any pictures of them, but I did find this video on YouTube providing the sound that I heard:

Surely that’s a sign of spring.
Cedric enjoyed the sunshine today as well.
sunbeam Cedric
Several blogger friends have me contemplating for days ahead of us.
Scott has announced his photo assignment for the month of March: Black and White Photography. I told Scott he’d chosen my personal bugaboo when it comes to photography. I don’t have confidence in my choices for black and white photos, and often, I don’t react well to black and white photography. It is a challenge for sure.
Kate has me aching to find a wildlife sanctuary within day-trip driving distance of my home with her adorable photos of otters and ducks and other wonderful creatures.
Kathy has me thinking about thinking. She asks a wonderful question: What am I alive to discover? I’ve been asking myself similar questions recently, but Kathy asks it most poignantly. I’m definitely going to need to peel away some layers in my mind and soul to search for the answer(s) to that one.


  1. Hi Karma. I think spring is close by, too. The chickadees sing differently. You’re right about the dripping–everywhere. However, we don’t have any open flowing water yet, so you’re probably closer to spring. As for answering that question, I wish you the best of luck. It seems like there have been many answers as time goes on. Perhaps today’s answer will be different from yesterday’s. Perhaps it’s simply to realize as much of ourselves as possible. Not to keep us small and predictable. Perhaps it’s to come to the point where we accept ourselves exactly as we are. No answers here…only questions…and sometimes deep peace and silence. I love your willingness to think and peel away layers to see what your deepest self is trying to say.

    Comment by Kathy — March 9, 2013 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Kathy. I expect it is an ever-evolving question that will never be fully answered, but it seems worthy to contemplate.

      Comment by Karma — March 10, 2013 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  2. Enjoying listening to the red-winged blackbird. Hasn’t gotten that mild here yet. Can wait. I think blogging breaks are very therapeutic. You can’t force the inner muse.

    Welcome back.

    Comment by sybil — March 9, 2013 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  3. We heard red winged blackbirds on our walk yesterday too! Love that beautiful sound. And I have to laugh when we drive by that house where the sap buckets match the color of the house. Happy spring to you! It’sa comin’!

    Comment by Becky Sue — March 10, 2013 @ 9:05 am | Reply

    • I’m getting rather impatient for it Becky. At the very least I hope we are done with snowstorms.

      Comment by Karma — March 10, 2013 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  4. Oh, Spring will be here before you know it. It’s chilly here and still brown, but we had spring time thunderstorms last night, and it was really nice. Hope you have a happy day today!

    Comment by Kate — March 10, 2013 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

    • The thought of a thunderstorm is wonderful to me! That would really mean warmer weather was imminent. Thanks Kate.

      Comment by Karma — March 10, 2013 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  5. Ohmygosh! Yesterday I posted a blog by the same title, also featuring a photo of the peeling bark on the river birch. Beyond the title and the photo, our posts went completely different directions. Yours is very nice, an ode to the arrival of spring, which surely must be very near by.

    Comment by Carol — March 10, 2013 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Carol. I just popped over to check out your peeling post. We may have veered in different directions, but I don’t think our paths were so very far apart! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — March 10, 2013 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  6. I am still waiting to hear that red-winged blackbird….I have seen two of them, but still have not heard them. I KNOW it’s spring when I do! Black and white, ey…..I don’t think I even know how to shoot black and white with either of my cameras….hmmmmmm

    Comment by Dawn — March 13, 2013 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

    • I’ve heard them, but I still haven’t seen them! I got out of my car after work yesterday and I could hear them somewhere up the street but couldn’t see them. I don’t think I can shoot in black and white on my camera – I could only convert in post-processing.

      Comment by Karma — March 16, 2013 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  7. The birds here are making sounds like spring, but the poor things are probably shivering today in the ice, sleet, and snow. The gray days do not make for good blog fodder, that’s for sure. I want to join Cedric in the sun. The sun is still up in the sky somewhere, isn’t it? 🙂

    Comment by Robin — March 18, 2013 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

    • The birds will be shivering around here tonight too. That snowstorm is headed my way in the wee hours of this night. SIGH!!!
      I did join Cedric in the sunbeam, lol – I sat on my kitchen floor and soaked up as much sun as I could!

      Comment by Karma — March 18, 2013 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

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