Tuesday’s Inspiration: Mary Oliver

Picking Blueberries, Austerlitz, New York,1957
Once, in summer,
in the blueberries,
I fell asleep, and woke
when a deer stumbled against me.

I guess
she was so busy with her own happiness
she had grown careless
and was just wandering along

listening
to the wind as she leaned down
to lip up the sweetness.
So, there we were

with nothing between us
but a few leaves, and wind’s
glossy voice
shouting instructions.

The deer
backed away finally
and flung up her white tail
and went floating off toward the trees –

but the moment before she did that
was so wide and so deep
it has lasted to this day;
I have only to think of her –

the flower of her amazement
and the stalled breath of her curiosity,
and even the damp touch of her solicitude
before she took flight –

to be absent again from this world
and alive, again, in another
for thirty years
sleepy and amazed,

rising out of the rough weeds
listening and looking.
Beautiful girl,
where are you?

-Mary Oliver
New and Selected Poems
Volume One

So Long, Sweet Summer

Did summer go by fast or what? (And this post is really really late!! Because fall flew by as well!)  I think it’s because we didn’t have much of a spring time transition this year. All of a sudden, it was summer. Though it feels like it slipped away so quickly, looking back on the photos and memories, we really lived in many beautiful summer moments this year. More and more I am trying to inhabit the present, to really SEE what is around me, to notice the small details, and the big connections between everyone and everything. Here are a few of my favorite summer moments captured~

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Elysian Hills Tree Farm ~ Dummerston, Vermont
Sunset in the Harbor ~ Newport, Rhode Island
Tomatoes at Moulton’s Farm ~ Meredith, New Hampshire x Sunset ~ Center Harbor, New Hampshire 

Sunflower Field
On the way to the Basin ~ Franconia, New Hampshire
Field of Sunflowers at Colby Farm ~ Newbury, New Hampshire
Gregg Lake ~ Antrim, NH x Lobster Roll at Sunset ~ Rye, NH
The docks ~ Center Harbor, NH x Mornings ~ Center Harbor, NH
Green Tomatoes ~ Home x Incoming Storm ~ Greenville, NH
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Pony in the Field at Kroka ~ Acworth, NH 
Twilight Time ~ Center Harbor, NH x Wild Blueberries ~ Pitcher Mountain, Stoddard, NH
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Summer Fields ~ Sugar Hill, NH
Flora de Passion ~ Home x Favorite Walking Place ~ Temple, NH
White Mountains Waterfall ~ Woodstock, NH

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Canoeing with the Pup ~ Greenfield, NH x Delphinium Bouquet ~ Home
Sunday Blooms ~ Peterborough, NH
Walk Around MacDowell Lake ~ Peterborough, NH
Mid-Summer’s Bounty ~ Home x Blooms and Breakfast ~ Home
Red Nasturtiums ~ Home x July Bouquet ~ Home

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Garden Textures Late Summer ~ Home
Just Floating ~ Hancock, NH x Coneflowers and Zinnias ~ Wilton, NH

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Sunset at the Beach Plum ~ Rye, NH
Freshly Picked ~ Milford, NH x Sunflowers Outside of the Bakery ~ Alstead, NH
Fly Fishing ~ Center Harbor, NH x Little Friend ~ Temple, NH
Skies Over White Mountains ~ Woodstock, NH x Wild Blueberries ~ Stoddard, NH

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Sunflowers ~ Newbury, MA
My Garden ~ Home