challenges, dailyprompt, nature, photography

Mother Nature Requires No Reservation

Let’s do it again!  This is my second year to attempt the #52HikeChallenge.  Being a free spirit who makes plans on the whim, I cherish Mother Nature and the fact she does not require a reservation.  She’s always there, ready to to engage and display her wondrous treasures.  All we have to do is show up!

Two days ago I ventured south toward Portland, Maine to Mackworth Island, home of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf.  When I arrived, I was initially intimated by the snow-glazed ground as I stood there without crampons, snowshoes, or poles.  NN started with her pessimistic pleas to turn back, while PP recommended at least attempting a few feet of the trail.  I’m pleased I listened to my PP intuition because the trail was firmly packed and quite favorable for a winter stroll.  The temperature, a cozy 10°F, could be considered a heat wave from the recent sub-zero days.

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A level and steady trail gave way to views which immediately captured my eye and heart.  The pier provided a private platform to watch the sun’s daily ceremonious farewell performance.

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The contrast of brilliant colors and frozen water provided a plethora of opportunities to experiment with photography and record the day’s scenes. My only dismay came when a bald eagle flew overhead, but my balaclava prevented the phone’s face recognition from accessing the camera.  Instead I stood in wonder watching it soar across the sky and reveled in its majesty.  Remembering to be mindful and present during these moments.  Snapping a blurry picture is not as important as genuinely appreciating this life.

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Moments that embrace the spirit and steal our breath, but are fleeting.

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As I made my way around the last bend, the sun slipped behind Portland and produced an extravagant display of color juxtaposed against an icy Casco Bay shore.

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If you’re suffering from a bit of cabin-fever or winter blues, I recommend bundling up (layer-layer-layer) and finding a nearby adventure to calm your restless soul.  Mother Nature is waiting daily to welcome you and share her natural splendor!

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Parking Coordinates: N 43° 41.357′, W 70° 14.111

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