September 11, 2012

Run: Morning









What do you think: Would Henry have said the same thing about running (or biking)? That an early morning run was a blessing over the whole day, too? For some reason, I have a hard time picturing HDT up-and-downing and huffing-and-puffing next to Walden Pond, a fine sheen coating his brow and collecting on that fine, fine beard. Still, I imagine were he with us this morning, taking in a September dawn such as this, he would have laced up his worn-in boots and greeted the day, heart pounding.

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  1. Such lovely pics, the web is super!

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    1. Amazingly, I didn't see the web until we returned home and uploaded the photos. I'll dub it a serendipitous hip-shot. :)

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  2. Really lovely pictures. I wish I took a morning walk this morning instead of hitting the snooze button twice.

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    1. Ha! :) I also wish I would have taken an evening walk tonight instead of putting my feet up and dozing!

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  3. Emily:

    I like your Thoreau quote, and the spider web photo. I've been a fan of HDT since 1965! Told you I was old!

    I'm writing to you from the Missoula, MT Library.

    Keep your good work coming. Thank you for these months of good reading in LOCW; since I've known you starting in April.

    Gratefully,

    Richard

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    1. Yes, Thoreau is a staple, I think, for those of us that enjoy getting outdoors, slowing down, the idea of Walden. I did a research report on him when I was in 10th grade, and ever since I've been a fan.

      And I love that LoCW is zooming over to Missoula. I think I drove through there when I was 2 1/2 years old...

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  4. The imperfect flower, perhaps a woodland sunflower, is, well, perfect!

    And HDT liked to hike it hard, read his Allagash/Katahdin adventures. He would have loved your morning jaunt.

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    1. Bill, I always love reading suggestions. I will seek out his adventures, STAT!

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  5. At first I was just smitten with the beautiful shots, and feeling like I had to go for a morning walk RIGHT NOW. But then you made me giggle about the thought of Thoreau trotting through the forest. Wonderful!

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    1. Truth be told, that image made me giggle myself. Do you think he'd still wear his bow-tie? :)

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  6. Well, mostly I noticed the light, the perfect light of early morning which you worked to produce the most stunning images to welcome a day. Excellent work, Emily, just excellent.

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    1. I've been doing prenatal yoga now for several months. Sometimes my husband joins me, but mostly it is me stretching quietly. I think of that as greeting the day, too. Both are absolutely lovely ways to wake up, and I hope to continue both for the rest of my life. Thanks for stopping by, Audrey!

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  7. This post rings true for me today. Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments, Emily!

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    1. Of course. I always find a kind of truth in soft light. Happy morning to you!

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  8. It's rare I see a photo that evokes the word "glade", but that's what your grove of trees looks like to me. It's quite different than anything we have down here - we have "motts" that are primarily oak, and towns that take their names from them - e.g., "Long Mott".

    Your glade reminds me of Mississippi in the springtime - feathery and inviting.

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    1. Hi Linda,

      I don't know if I've heard the term "mott" before, except in regard to a brand of apple sauce. :) I love learning geographic words like that. I still remembered when I found out that "hamlet" was a kind of place, not just a Shakespeare character.

      For me, a glade sounds like something more out of your neck of the woods, or Florida, but I like it, and instead of thinking "marsh" the next time I pass by that particular spot, I will attribute it with your given green word.

      Happy morning!

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  9. If he didn't lace up his boots, he surely would have clipped into his bike pedals. Too beautiful not to!

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    1. Ah! Another perfect image with which I heartily agree.

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  10. Such gorgeous pictures, Emily. I love the knack you have for looking.

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    1. Thank you, Woodbird. A pleasure of life.

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  11. Beautiful photos and a beautiful place for a morning run.

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    1. One of my favorite things about where my husband and I live is our trail system. We're only a 30 minute car ride to downtown Minneapolis, but hop on one of these trails? Its quiet and green, deer flit across fields, and land stretches out between the neighborhoods. Some day, perhaps, there will more country in our future, but as of now, this does just fine.

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  12. Running and biking may not be the same as a leisurely stroll, but it still beats speeding past the world in a car. I often think that even the early settlers had it better than us, traveling in their wagons. They would still have the opportunity to experience the landscape in slower motion.
    I like the light in all these photos. It looks like the end of summer kind of light.

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    1. Leonora, I've often thought the same thing about the settlers. In fact, when I was growing up, I said that if I could go back to any time period, it would be when America was being discovered so I could have the luxury of going slow, coming across an unknown waterfall, winding my way down rivers in a little boat. I suppose my mind made it out to be more romantic than it actually was, but yes: we do speed through life now, don't we? If I could bike to work, I would.

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  13. The lovely grace of light. Your images, as much as your words, seek that same quality of illumination, the subtle and transforming light that is there all around us, a part of the world that's so easily slipped past. Thank you, Emily, for revealing this glow.

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    1. This time of year especially I am constantly looking out windows, watching the way the sun or the lack of it plays on our landscapes. Everything changes so quickly. I can hardly stand missing a glimpse.

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  14. Beautiful images! I don't think there is anything more moving than a still and gorgeous morning. You captured it well.

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    1. Thanks, Angelia. We went out again this morning, and the wind had everything moving, so it was a different experience--not still like last weekend--but no less worth it. I love starting the day this way.

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  15. I am happy I discovered your blog. Lovely words and photos.

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    1. Happy you happened here too, Mary. And thanks!

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  16. such beautiful writing and pictures. these photos make me especially happy. early morning runs are one of my favorite things in the world.

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    1. Early morning almost-anythings (except runs) are some of my favorite things in the world. :) I trained for a mini-triathlon once, and those weeks and months were the closest I ever came to actually feeling like running could be enjoyable. I know there's that natural high! I felt it, for a while. Just couldn't keep it up. Biking and hiking suit me just fine now.

      Thanks as always for stopping over, Kelton!

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  17. Emily- Great shots. I am sure Thoreau would think so as well.

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    1. Hope so! It's fun to imagine him peering over my shoulder, nodding his head. :)

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