Friday, June 18, 2010

High-Water Dawn: Symbol of Hope

 "There has been a tremendous renaissance in nature study in recent years; it has been called a form of escapism, and perhaps it is in a way, but not an escape from reality; but rather, a return to reality; a flight from unreal things." -- Roger Tory Peterson

This is great quote recently left in my comments by my esteemed fellow blogger, Troutbirder ( We seem to have little in common except a love of German Shepherds, but he's a hero of mine.

Troutbirder was the very-first non-family person to leave me a comment when I began blogging. I started writing "Between the Lines" to help get myself through the lowest point in my life. By clicking on the link to Troutbirder's blog, I then found some of his favorites. Thus I was delivered from blogging in the darkness of cyberisolation into the light of this good man's circle of many fine blogging friends.

The ongoing support of the blogging community has been very helpful to me since I lost my husband and my mom. The fact that some of my "followers" are from foreign countries blows my mind. Wow, I'm global!

So thanks again, Troutbirder, and thanks for the quote you sent recently, which I posted above. I've no clue who Roger Tory Peterson is, but I think he hits the nail on the head quite squarely here.

As I've grappled to come to terms with my life after it was turned upside down and shaken hard a year ago, it's been my intimate encounters with Nature that have lifted my spirits more than anything. Luckily, I live where Nature at her finest is right outside my door.

The river below my house is currently putting on its annual dramatic display of incredible strength. Although it's controlled by a dam just upriver from me, the river is hauling ass right now, flowing by me at what looks like 100 mph.

It's high water. I love to listen to the river's low roar; it lightens into chattering rapids during the rest of the year. I find it amazing to watch the river flex its rippling muscles, fueled by melting snow from nearby mountains known as "spring run-off."

Seeing the sun come up is another scene I like to watch. Dawn is a very welcome sight for those of us who often battle our way through the night, alone. Early one morning not long ago when I stepped out onto my deck to greet the dawn and watch the river, I was impressed by an ethereal view.

The temperature had dropped below the freezing mark the night before, so steam was rolling up from the water, creating a divinely inspirational scene, which I snapped with my Canon to share with you here.

I apologize for having been absent for so long during a difficult first-anniversary period I've endured recently. But here I am; I made it. The river is still running downhill -- full blast, at the moment -- the sun will come up again in the morning --- and I am going to be all right.

I have a number of things I still want to show you and tell you about on my blog. The ideas are all still intact, don't worry, they haven't burned dry in the big cast-iron pot on the back burner of what's left of my mind.


  1. Donna, so glad to have you back! Anniversaries of monumental magnitude demand honouring and it seems that you did. And you survived. You must be a strong woman; you continued your dream and to your life fully despite the grief you experienced.

    I, like you, find peace and comfort in nature - especially in the sound of rushing water or waves rolling onto the shore. We just bought our own little piece of heaven on a little lake and I can't wait to walk the woods and sit lakeside just being ...

  2. What a lovely photo. It is ethereal.
    Thanks for giving us a sip of beauty for the day.

  3. Just trying to get caught up today, and wanted to say that I am glad to see you back Donna. All of us are on this journey of life together. We are here to pick one another up, give hugs, and words of support when needed. It's what being human is about in my view. You are such a very brave woman. Troutbirder coming here was no accident, I am sure. Now you have a circle of friends around the globe to be here and cheer you on. You go girl!

  4. I never have any doubt that you will endure through difficult days, nights, anniversaries or memories. I think we all honor this time of needing to take care of yourself away from this space, even as we miss you.

    Nature is my best icon to God and the mysterious divine. I resonate totally with your experience of finding peace in it, from it, through it. I wish I had more regular access to its bounty, but I lately the birds in my yard offer a window to that larger world.

    Looking forward to whatever comes next from you.

  5. Hi Donna,

    Beautiful photograph. I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who said that it was easy to be hard-boiled about everything during the day, but the night is another thing. Hang in there.


  6. Glad to hear you made it through a rough period and that you are back to posting.
    Your area sounds beautiful. I love to hear water too. It sounds soothing and peaceful to me.

  7. Glad you made it through your rough patch...blogging is a saving grace. So many wonderful people holding each other up. The photo is beautiful. Nature has such a way of healing. I hope we can do the same for our planet.
    Love your new look.

  8. You made it Donna. Well done. That must have been tough. I would think "tough" doesn't begin to describe it.I am glad you're back to posting and the restorative powers of nature. Your photo is wonderful.x

  9. Beautiful shot, Donna. Thinking of you. xx


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