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Pictures for Pam, Day 87: Tiny Acorn in Moss

Pictures for Pam, Day 87: Tiny Acorn in Moss
(+2 insets!)

Do you ever wake up feeling "off"? That's how I felt when I got up this morning. My mood was scattered and out of sorts. Nervous and uneasy. I really can't figure out why I wasn't my usual boisterous and happy self but can tell you one thing: I didn't like it.

So, I decided that my exercise today would be a "walking meditation." I don't practice meditation on a regular basis though I am sure it would be beneficial to me. I just never make time for it--which is probably a good indicator for doing more meditation.

Of course you're supposed to be sitting still and relaxed to meditate, but many of the practices should be doable while in motion if you're focused on it. So as I walked up and down our driveway I repeated to myself different phrases like "Peace and serenity..." while thinking about my complete breath cycle. Or, "Breath in positive energy from the trees and plants around you...and breath out the negative energy..." I spent time thinking about how my body felt as I walked along, the way my breath felt, my heart beat, and the contraction of my muscles while I moved.

I made a point to think about nothing but my walking meditation. As I began my walk, a very light rain was falling and I didn't bring my umbrella. I imagined the rain taking away the feelings that had made me feel so off when I woke up today.

To keep myself focused to only what I was doing and to immerse myself in the moment and where I was, I asked myself, "List the things you can hear which make you happy and peaceful..." I listened intently while I moved along. "Twittering junkos are there in that tree...a single frog is croaking in the pond...an acorn woodpecker is calling another one... and I can hear some Canada Geese in the distance..." And "The sound my feet make crunching on the gravel...the squelching sound when I walk in the muddy clay...the sound of a pebble skittering along when it's kicked...the rain dripping from the trees...the sound of my breath as I walk...and the cry of a hawk flying over the trees..."

I repeated this for the things that I saw which made me feel happy and at peace.

As the light rain slowly increased to a proper downfall, I got my umbrella and listened to the rhythmic sound of the droplets pattering over my head. I felt like I was in a bubble of safety here.

I spent the rest of my hour and 15 minutes by concentrating on feeling relaxed and happy, feeling grateful to those in my life who have played a part in getting me where I stand today. Picturing wonderful memories, people I loved and those who have passed on but thinking only of the happy memories from them.

I finished my "Walking Meditation" feeling completely returned to my normal self. What a nice way to reset myself!

Since it's been raining all day, I thought I'd share a few rainy day pictures I took the other day. The main picture is an adorable, tiny acorn that I found nestled in some moss. I was surprised at its nearly black color and how it glistened so beautifully with its slick, wet coat. It measured about half an inch in size and was so cute that I couldn't resist a picture!

I'm also sharing a picture of a large rose hip from our rose bush in the front yard that's covered with droplets. I had a lot of fun playing with textures to dress up the plain background. The other inset is some water-soaked wild grass, its head totally engulfed in water!

Pam, I did a search for "acorn" and found this very pretty natural collage, entitled, "Heartsease & Acorns, tiny Blueits & Wood Sorrel leaves." I love that you enjoy learning about the things in your pictures. It's so fascinating and fun to know all about the gifts we find as we look around our property. Hope you are faring well today, it's starting to get cold over here…supposed to snow tomorrow but I won't believe it until I see it! *HUGGGGGGS*!!!

Explored on 2/4/19, highest placement, #2.

Eunice Perkins, Rosalyn Hilborne, Bob Taylor, Nouchetdu38 and 39 other people have particularly liked this photo

31 comments - The latest ones
 Pierre Florisoone
Pierre Florisoone
J'espère que tu pourras me traduire aussi
Car ta façon de raconter tes sentiments
sont superbes tu nous prends par l'émotion
et je te lis chaque fois jusqu'à la fin
Tu est conteur parolier et poète
Encore merci Janet pour le bonheur que tu donnes !!
ps:bravo pour ta photo *****
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
I'm so pleased you managed to dispel that negativity with your walking meditation. It's a wonderful way of getting rid of all those bad feelings - and also getting your walking in!!! I just love the little acorn - you must have wonderful eyesight to spot tiny things like this in a forest. As for the two PIP's - the water droplets on the rosehip is just fantastic and the water soaked wild grass is gorgeous. You do take some amazing photos.

I look forward to reading your daily blogs, telling us how you feel and what you've been doing. I wonder if you woke up this morning feeling blue, because you'd gone near the remains of the fire and it brought back awful memories.
20 months ago.
Dinesh club
Love the insets more, not less the image.
20 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent shots!

Admired in:
20 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
20 months ago.
raingirl club has replied to Pam J club
20 months ago.
raingirl club
this is such a great photo. i love the soft black edge you've given it (i can never seem to get that right - want to share technique?) the subject matter is eye catching and oh that glistening black on the acorn - wow.
20 months ago.
RHH club
Lovely shot, Janet. The tones are superb and the acorn on the moss just exquisite. My kind of photo. Love and cherish all the little things that we find if we keep our eyes open and if it's aplace we walk or hike regularly we look out for them in order to see them again.

Our snowshoe excursion was perfect. It was a sunny day on Baker, there were about ten feet of snow, though no new snow, the light was wonderful and it was warm enough that we didn't need to get all bumfled up as they say in Ireland.

Very gray and gloomy here today with colder weather and snow forecast, but "seeing is believing" and the news seems to make a major storm out of every front that passes our way. Didn't get any photos - just too busy with Neal and with guests.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Very cute. A lovely shot!
I used to always have sphagnum moss in my hanging baskets, It brings some memories! I haven't created a hanging basket for 10 years and I do miss that sort of thing!
20 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
l' histoire est très belle ....comme la photo janet !!
20 months ago.
©UdoSm club
You put together a nice little series of macro recordings...
20 months ago.
Annemarie club
so beautiful
Happy new week:)
20 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
A great stilllife! I like the minimalism of second PiP very much.
20 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful series Janet.
20 months ago.
cammino club
A great picture of an acorn, in addition still of one in black color!
20 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Tout cela est tellement merveilleux que je suis toujours admirative devant tant de talent, mille bravos Janet !++++++++
20 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A spellbinding shot Janet! I love the earthy colours and the fantastic detail. The little acorn is just wonderful and I love the gorgeous sheen on it's surface. The vignette is just perfect.

The PiPs of course, are just terrific...........especially the rose hip and water droplets. I love the subtle texture you've used.

Every time I think you've surpassed yourself................you surpass yourself again..!!
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Une belle découverte que tu as su mettre en valeur ! *************
20 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très jolies photos avec notes. Nicole.
20 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful pictures.
walking meditation, hmmmm. Maybe I should invent something like beer drinking meditation... ;-))))
20 months ago.
Zulma club
Out....stand....ing. Gerunds are fun!!
pod sister
love the look
love the image
love love the color.
20 months ago. Edited 20 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
Exceptional image, Janet! The PiPs are absolutely fantastic. Love all of them:)
20 months ago.
tiabunna club
Lovely macro images, both the main image and the PiPs. Love those water droplets with the rose hip image.
20 months ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta club
Gran foto y lindo relato de tu "meditación para caminar"
20 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Mein Favorit ist PiP 1, die Tropfen sind herrlich!
20 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
L'oeil noir.... d'une nuit claire
20 months ago.
FarbFormFreude club
i understand the explanation, but my eyes see a wonder-ful strange object, just flown in from outer space, shimmering with universal blueness ...
20 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
The colours and textures in the main image are astonishing and beautiful plus I like the idea of an acorn snuggled up in moss it sounds and looks so cosy,
I also like the droplets in pip, another wonderful series of images and a top narrative Janet
20 months ago.
 Graham Chance
Graham Chance club
Superb series Janet. Lovely detail in all three images.
20 months ago.
 Gliip N
Gliip N club
very nice photo
20 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Three wonderful, nature images!
20 months ago.

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