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Welcome!

My art and writing are two channels I use to express gratitude for all the goodness in my life.  Being creative requires me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new avenues.  When I write and paint from the heart, everything makes sense.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my joy with you.

Little River Pond Walk

Little River Pond Walk

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

~ John Muir

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It is a beautiful spring afternoon, one that I have been hoping for after many gray, rainy days. With camera in hand I head out to one of my favorite spots, the boardwalk at Little River Pond, which is tucked away at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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The warm sun mingles with the cool breeze, and the air smells oh so fresh and sweet.

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I have lost count of how many times I have taken a photograph of this view from the bridge, but know I have taken at least one during each season. Someday I will pull them all together to see if I can discern any changes over these past 15+ years.

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Fiddlehead ferns and skunk cabbage unfurl along the side of the boardwalk. Bushes have begun to bud and plants poke their heads up out of the rain-soaked earth.

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I scan the skies for signs of herons or red-winged blackbirds but am not rewarded with a sighting. The river water is high because of the recent rains and I spot a large turtle scavenging nearby. We often sight small turtles when we go kayaking during the summer and the size of this one takes me by surprise. I look around for beavers but there are none to be found, although here and there you can see where they have been gnawing on trees. Spring is a good time to kayak on the river because the waterline is high, making it easier to get over the various dams the beavers have constructed.

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There are others on the boardwalk this day, but the trail is big enough that I only encounter a few hikers as I quietly make my way around the pond. The peacefulness of the afternoon seeps under my skin, and I feel my body relax into an easy rhythm, a walking meditation. I am thankful I am able to walk this path whenever I feel the need to step away from the busy world.

Do you have a favorite spot that you revisit time and again?

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If rivers come out of their icy prison thus bright and immortal, shall not I too resume my spring life with joy and hope? ~ Henry David Thoreau


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