Balance, Beauty and Calmness

Tundra Swans during Sunrise and Full Snow Moon Set at Whitesbog NJ by Beth Sawickie

Tundra Swans during Sunrise and Full Snow Moon Set at Whitesbog NJ

For at least the last 4 months I’ve been in what I call a “funk”.  It’s much more than that, but if I call it just a “funk”, then I can play it off, keep chugging along and deny that it should be a serious concern.  Winter blues, I guess. Each time it hits me, though,  (and it hits throughout the year – not just Winter) I’m never certain I’m going to make it through.

Thankfully, that “funk”  has been lifting and one thing that has been helping is spending more time in nature – like this morning!

Have you ever gotten little nudges, intuition kicks in, coincidences happen and you end up right where you’re supposed to be?  That’s what has been happening with me lately.  The quote from Campbell, “Follow your bliss!” found it’s way to me a few times.  Then I read an article about making time stand still by spending time in nature.  My bliss IS being in nature and it is as if time stands still when I’m immersed in it.  I enjoy few things more than wandering in nature and capturing things I find interesting with my camera.

I wandered a bit on Sunday morning…

It was a chilly morning – mid 20’s, luckily no wind.  Dawn was around 6:30 am, sunrise at 7 and the full moon setting around 7:20am.

I made myself a cup of coffee, put on my vintage camo insulated thrift-store pants, gathered my gear and headed out to Whitesbog.

Unlike the evening before, the dog (Molly) did not want to come with me.  She opted to stay in bed, cuddled up with my Husband.

Here you can see a video facing sunrise and then I turned it around to watch the Full Snow Moon setting as Tundra Swans slept in the water.

It was a beautiful morning!  Cool, crisp, calm.  As the sun moved closer to crossing the horizon, the birds started making more noise.  I saw and heard a Red-Winged Blackbird.  The Tundra Swans were chattering and some napping.  I think I even heard some type of frog make some noise.

It is times like this when time slows down – even seems to stop – for me.  I love it!

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Tundra Swans in the Snow 2 by Beth Sawickie

Nature Stroll in the Snow – March 1st, 2015

Happy March!

Normally we’re watching the daffodils and other early flowers emerge from the ground about now.

Well, this winter wasn’t quite “normal”.  A bit cold and on this first day of March we got… MORE SNOW!

Any emerging bulbs are buried, yet again, in the white stuff.

Doug and I grabbed a yummy breakfast at the Shamong Diner and headed off into Wharton State Forest for some geocaching and nature photography!

We found 5 out of 8 geocaches. We forgot how challenging it can be to find ’em when they’re buried in the snow!  Although, if someone has been there recently it is super easy to follow their footprints to the cache – almost no GPS needed!

Here is some of what we saw along the way…

Tundra Swans!  We haven’t seen them too much because most of the water near us has been frozen over.

This family was happily swimming along at Reeve’s bog over in Brendon T. Byrne State Forest (NJ).

The gray one is a juvenile.

“Tundra Swan Family in the Snow” (click here for more info)

Tundra Swan Family in the Snow by Beth Sawickie

I just love, love, love seeing the Tundra Swans!  They’re only around here during the winter – and they are beautiful creatures.

They make the cutest noises when they’re chatting with one another…click below to listen to ’em…

Here’s another pic of ’em…

Tundra Swans in the Snow (Buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.)

Tundra Swans in the Snow 2 by Beth Sawickie

And, of course, we saw Canada Geese….
The snow was really coming down here!

Canada Geese During Snowfall (Buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.)

Canada Geese During Snowfall - Beth Sawickie

I love taking pictures of trees…

Snow Falling on Bare Trees (buy prints, cards & gifts HERE.)

Snow Falling on Bare Trees by Beth Sawickie

Here are those same trees with a few of their friends…
Snow Falling on Bare Trees 2 (buy prints, cards and gifts HERE.)

Snow Falling on Bare Trees 2 by Beth Sawickie

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And I made my first attempt at photographing a snowflake!

They’re a natural mandala 🙂

Snowflake 1 by Beth Sawickie

I took some other micro shots…

Lichen on a Pitch Pine…

Lichen on a Pitch Pine by Beth Sawickie

And nearby was a pine tree with orange/red coloring on it’s bark with some other interesting lichen (??) growing on it…

Pine with Red Bark in Winter by Beth Sawickie

I always think just about every pine I see in the Pine Barrens is a Pitch Pine.  I’m thinkin’ the one above is something else?  Or the red is an indicator of a Pine Beetle infestation?  What do you think?

Getting out in nature is something that truly fills me with happiness.

It wasn’t too long ago that I couldn’t even remember what made me happy.  Life had kicked my butt with depression and getting back to “normal” (whatever that was) became a challenge.

I had to re-discover myself and find a way to light that spark again.  If you’re in a spot where you truly WANT to feel better, re-connect to yourself and life again, then I encourage you to read my book “Get Back on the Feel Good Train” – it shares my story and 4 strategies I used to move from “Blah to Bliss!”… and, oh yeah – it’s free!  Click HERE to get it!

I hope you enjoyed our little Nature Stroll during the snowfall.

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Which movies freak you out?

Movies That Freak Me Out!

Which movies freak you out?

While driving on a dirt road after sunset this evening a Tom Petty song came on the radio – yeah!  I like Tom Petty and all his little Heart Breakers 🙂

The song?  It was “American Girl”.  Great song.  BUT – it reminds me of the girl in Silence of the Lambs driving down the road before she is abducted and ends up in a well/ditch from the crazy guy that says “it puts the lotion in the basket” and plans to use her skin to make a human skin suit.

Then I got to thinkin’ about other movies that have left a lasting (paranoid) impression on me – here are some:

Friday the 13th made me paranoid while camping and canoeing.  Luckily that has faded with time!

Psycho had me wanting to shower with the shower curtain open and water pooling on the floor.  Doors locked!

Jaws – I don’t even think I ever saw the whole movie – but, to this day, I’m freaked out by the possibility of sharks in the water (even in swimming pools – yes – I’m a dork!).

Your turn…  What movies freak you out?  Share ’em in the comments below.