Still Learning To See

Mindful (with thanks to Mary Oliver)

jrs-08851Snow on the mountains this week and again here in the yard today. Clearly we have crossed that line, though the post-peak season here in Vermont is often long and gorgeous in its own right.


Every day I am mindful of the season we are leaving and  the beauty of what’s to come. A last tomato, glorious Monkshood flowers and ice on the birdbath—”the ordinary, the common, the very drab, the daily presentations.”


As Mary Oliver suggests, it is so easy “to lose myself in this soft world …”


And this week the full moon setting in the early morning sky behind the now bare trees…


…and then the morning sun—on the clouds in the west, such a playful trick when it happens that way—”the untrimmable light of the world.”


This entry was published on October 27, 2018 at 3:29 pm. It’s filed under John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Vermont, and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

6 thoughts on “Mindful (with thanks to Mary Oliver)

  1. What an amazing combination–Oliver and Snell! 🙂

  2. Deborah Leu on said:

    beautiful, arresting images, and a wonderful combination with the poem.

  3. Karen Dailey on said:

    Right on, Julia!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful images and thoughts. Thank you John!

  5. thanks again, sir, for your most inspiring missive. and Mary Oliver, always a knock out reminder to wake up. t

  6. Dale Dailey on said:

    Very thoughtful combination. Thanks for sharing.

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