What We Saw in Twenty-Two Minutes

In which two olds and and a doglet take a walk. The olds see things and talk. The doglet sees badly, like the rest of dogdom, but has a nose like we can only dream of Doglet sniffs and smells as she walks, trots, and snuffles about in the leaves.

We left the house.

The lone red tulip said, “Seeya!”.

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Red Tulip at Ransom Road

A few years ago I bought three tiny pots of moribund moss phlox which was on sale dirt cheap because they were as good as dead. I stuck them into the crack in the top of a stone retaining wall. They lived. They’re thriving.

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Moss phlox, or moss pink or mountain phlox or creeping phlox, (Phlox subulata).

For the last few weeks we’ve been looking to see if the ladyslipper orchids were up.

Today we found them. They’re unsheathing their buds.

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The stems bend and rise….

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Ladyslipper orchid. Moccasin flower. Cypripedium acaule. 

Soon the pink flowers will swell and burst forth.

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There’s more! https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/beauty/cypripedium/cypripedium_acaule.shtml

Farther down the path is a home of twig and branch.

We suspect it’s a neighbor boy’s.

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A Home in the Woods.

Weeks of humidity and fog have made the moss lushly happy.

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Moss on granite stone. 

We saw a stonefish, getting ready to eat a brick.

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The Pareidolian Predator. 

Doglet, having been mentioned, must be shown…

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Coquina sniffs. 

This tiny ribbon of water actually has a name!

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Mosquito Creek, Falmouth, MA

We cross the creek and head home.

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The Bridge Over the River Mosquito, plus Coquina and Christine. 

At home there is another opening delight.

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Tree peony bud.

The tree peony, planted ten years or so ago, has reached waist height.

And has buds of hot color.

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The tree peony bud. The blooms will be wonderful. See: https://thetompostpile.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/mudan/

We’re home.

Twenty-two minutes have gone by.

Writing this post took just about twenty-two minutes, too.


7 responses to “What We Saw in Twenty-Two Minutes

  1. I love these posts. I don’t comment on each one, but they all make me happy and remind me to stop, look, see, enjoy, notice, wonder, reflect, be present, laugh, and just get out of my busy head. I’m not looking to make work for you, but I keep thinking that these posts are inspiration for other things:
    1. Children’s book series
    2. Classroom lesson plan on “how to look”
    3. Adult inspiration book on “how to look”
    4. Walking meditation book
    5. Some shared format (physical bulletin board for classrooms or on-line chat/blog/FB/Twitter thingie) where people share their 20 minute “seeing” walks with a few photos and 1-sentence captions.

    Or… none of these, just keep doing what you do. 😊

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