Still Learning To See

Being here and now

September, a month when it is easy to look back to summer and ahead to winter. Also a great time to simply be here and now, slowing down, enjoying this transition and, of course, seeing the countless changes that are happening in the natural world.

Life is moving with the sun, so obvious with the migrating birds even if I miss seeing the millions flying South in the darkness. Also, impossibly, the migration over similar distances of many dragonfly species and, of course, the monarchs.

Some plants are sprouting or flowering as others are turning brown and tucking in for a winter. Red osier is always a delight to see, along with the many varieties of asters. Bees of all varieties are busy readying for a time without nectar or other food.

The Jewelweed plants, taller than I, are right now shooting seeds all over in preparation for feeding the hummingbirds (and my soul) next summer.

So it goes. Tomorrow will come soon enough. Yesterday is no longer, except for memories and photographs. Today the dawn was late to come, morning fog in the valleys, and then the intensity of the warm sun welcomed, and the clear skies of the cool evenings.

Perhaps there will be a delightful surprise along the way—maybe even a pair of whales diving into the here and now as dusk fades over the Green Mountains.

This entry was published on September 14, 2022 at 9:44 am. It’s filed under Fall colors, Garden, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Photograph, Summer, Vermont, and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

11 thoughts on “Being here and now

  1. Dianne Shullenberger on said:

    Love starting my day with your beautiful work and words. Dianne

  2. Thank you! Enjoy this day.

  3. Beautiful words and images, John. Thank you!

  4. Karen Snell Dailey on said:

    I smile and a big sigh exits my body as I ponder your thoughts to be here now. Thanks, John.

  5. Chica Snell on said:

    Beautiful words and pictures John, thank you.

  6. Daryll Powell on said:

    These are just beautiful, John. Thanks for posting them.

  7. Hello there. You have some terrific photos here. I especially like the one of the hummingbird in Jewelweed. Neil S.

  8. Beautiful words and thoughts. I think I’ll go take an early-morning walk.

  9. Alban Richey on said:

    As long as I can revisit your blog and view the amazing photos I can prolong the fall season Loved the monarchs and the jewelweed. Best of all = the whales at sunset. Contemporary art with a capital A.

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