Riparian promenade

We explored the brook today. No matter the absence of fall color. I was happy to rely on other senses to appreciate this new place. The ground was deeply folded. Clubmosses carpeted the ridges and thoughtfully-placed stones allowed us to cross a number of tributaries. Joanna and Darcy descended the gorge which had been announced on a weathered sign at the trailhead. The path met the tributary where it joined the brook. I donned my waders as my companions continued on. I walked upstream, stopping when photographic potential dictated. As I scrambled up and along the sometimes icy jumbles of stone, I paused. Water and rocks are relatively invariate, I thought, when compared to the wood which surrounded me. It was different. Different from the sort I had come to appreciate at the Farm. This new placed smiled, as did all of the woodlands we have come to know in our new home. I have developed a quick appreciation for exposed bedrock. On this day, the absence of foliage allowed shy, fleeting, shafts of light to dance within the understory before being extinguished by passing clouds. The surrounding vegetation formed a natural topiary of endless variety. If I looked long enough I could see an enormous sculpture garden of wood, stone, and negative space. The sounds of birds, water, and wind, intermingled. The sweet phrases, punctuated by silence. My riparian promenade presented a feast for the senses.


44 thoughts on “Riparian promenade

  1. I am pleased to note your return to this space but have to note that was not what gave me the most pleasure … THAT came from the knowledge that you’ve finally taken to wearing your waders πŸ™‚ Looking forward to regular visits here once again.

    • The waders were a holiday gift from Joanna last year. We haven’t moved all of our belongings northward but the waders were on the long list of things that I definitely needed up here. No more wet clothing – rest assured.

  2. I really like the inward sweeping of the trees in the first one … they look like one of nature’s cathedrals. Love the colors of the rocks!

  3. So glad you are back! I’ve missed your posts! It was a short time ago that I realized I hadn’t seen anything from you for awhile and I figured most of it was due to the moving process! But like I said, it’s so good to see you’re back and I enjoy seeing the pictures and postings from your new surroundings! These pictures of water reminded me of a new feature I discovered on my simple “point-and-shoot” camera that I hadn’t shared with you! I was adventuring with a friend to a waterfall and we both had our cameras (her’s more sophisticated than mine!), but we took lots of pictures and I discovered how to get the waterfall to look like that soft flowing water (I don’t know the technical term for it). I was so incredibly excited!

    • Hi there Ellamae. It sounds as if you discovered how to control the shutter speed. Congratulations. Just be sure you put those settings back the way they were or you’ll find that lots of your pictures (especially those with motion in them) are blurred! You are right that the move preoccupied both of us. Now that things have settled down (in a relative sense) I have been able to think about photography again. I’ve enjoyed getting back to it. So, you are in the Big Sky state for good? Congratulations on your recent certification and NEW JOB! That’s terrific. I was shocked to hear about the fire at Becky and Jesse’s – can’t imagine going through something like that. They’re both young and adaptable, I’m sure they’ll weather the storm in good shape.

      • I honestly didn’t even know I could control the shutter speed on my camera. It goes back to the default setting after the picture is taken, however I don’t have a tripod so all the pictures have a little bit of blurriness. Thank you! Yes, I am in the process of settling into the Big Sky state “for good,” though it is very tough being so far from family. We were all shocked with the news of the barn fire. It really is a farmer’s worst nightmare. Even though the barn was rented they were her animals that were inside, so it is still a shock.

  4. I can’t believe it’s been seven months. I barely had found you before you disappeared. I didn’t even realize there was a move in the offing. I’ve a new camera myself, and am at the very beginning of learning how to use it, so it will be a delight to have another “accidental mentor” around for inspiration.

    • Wonderful news about the camera (what did you get?). Please do send (technical) questions my way if you’ve got them. I’m always glad to pay-forward what I’ve learned from others. I’m not sure what happened to my ‘follow’ of Shoreacres, but I’ll see to it that it is refreshed immediately. Thanks for getting in touch.

      • I had a couple of Canon point-and-shoots that I really liked, so I went with Canon. I got a Rebel T6s with an 18-135mm lens instead of the 18-55mm kit lens. Now, I’m in the process of figuring out what this all means. The best news is that I also had cataract surgery and lens implants in June, and now have 20/20 vision. With all these new lenses around, I ought to be able to see something.

        • Good for you (for getting your eyes taken care of) and best of luck with the camera. Read the manual carefully and remember … you can’t hurt anything by experimenting with all of those dials and buttons!

  5. So nice to see images of your new place. I have to admit those rocks look like an excellent picnic/rest stop on a hike. Maybe this spring?

    • Absolutely, you’re on. We’ve scouted several areas in the immediately vicinity. Perhaps you and Michael (even Anna, perhaps) can help us up the Gile Mountain Fire Tower. Joanna and I tried it a week or so ago and only made it up (just above treeline) 3/8 of the way.

        • You got. We’re about 3 – 4 miles from there. The tower is impressive and 8 flights up. I wanted to get to the top with the camera but have a real fear of heights. Joanna and I only made it part way. We need a few younger folks along to shame us to the top!

  6. Yay! Just lovely. There is no place on earth quite like the northeastern US. I love that you’ve found somewhere completely new and exciting, yet still beautiful in the most wonderfully familiar way!

  7. I am happy you are back – with your signature style of describing nature … and water in particular! I was intrigued by the ‘negative space’ in ‘sculpture garden of wood, stone, and negative space.’

  8. Oh, welcome back! I’ve so missed your beautiful photographs and your gentle descriptions of nature. A lot seems to have happened in your world since your last post – you must have been very busy!
    Seasonal greetings to you and Joanna – I’m looking forward to seeing more of your new domain through your wonderful posts in the new year 😊

    • It’s nice to have been missed. I have difficulty believing that it’s been seven months since my last post – how can that be? Thanks for the appreciative welcome-back Jenny.

  9. What a happy surprise to see the return of your post! What a serene place to spend some time and explore. It may be a new place but you still managed to find water, rocks and the need for waders! Perhaps there will be a post devoted to “Old Joe” sometime soon! πŸ™‚

    • Glad to have been able to provide of a happy surprise – there is no better complement. Both the writing and the photography feel a bit rusty. Hope to be out with the camera again this afternoon.

      • I am back at school. Not doing the MA in English that was expected but going back to a first love, and something that has never left me at peace for having ignored. So, I am an undergrad again.

        • So very good for you! The daughter of some close friends has undertaken graduate studies in Mathematics at I.U. Bloomington. She did her undergraduate at Purdue and fell in love with the discipline and has a developing interest in cryptography (if I’m remembering correctly).

  10. Well now, you’re back and in fine form. Although a few miles distant, these scenes look quite familiar and New Englandy. Glad to see that you are getting acclimated and familiar with your new surroundings. Not much fanfare, though. Have you gainful employment and how about sheep and/or goats? πŸ™‚

    • We’ve got one dog, eight cats, and eight layer hens with us. We’ve left just seven sheep with a friend back in Pennsylvania; if we should decide to continue raising Shetlands, these will be our ‘nucleus’ flock. We’re here in the Upper Valley and enjoying it, thoroughly. No job, as such, yet. The way I see it, I worked in academia for more than 30 years and never took any time off and I’m viewing this year as an overdue sabbatical. We’ve been so busy settling in that I haven’t been able to get my head around the camera … until now. I’ve been out a few times and feel out-of-practice.

    • Yeah … thanks. As I replied below … I can’t believe it’s been seven months. Where did the time go? What was I thinking? [By the way … did you receive your glasses?]

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