Mother Natures Majestic Bounty

White-tailed deer

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Monday once again. This year has been going by at high speed.  It’s as if you blink your eyes and you miss the most momentous occasion or adventure.  Ah but such is life, yet we always seem to disregard some of the important things.  Is it not possible for us to be able to take in everything of momentous value.  I suppose not, for we would find ourselves battered and run-down from lack of sleep. I believe I’ll just stick with focusing my attention of my favorite thing this time of year, Mother Nature and her beautiful bounty of marvels and majesty.  I will continue Monday;s Writers of the Web after hunting season is over.


We went to the deer lease once again this weekend.  Unfortunately I only get to spend a few weekends out there this year.  I plan to make the most of them, and enjoy the wondrous perspicacious sights, sounds, and experiences.  When we get the opportunity to go, it is almost always late in the evening.   The drive is an tenuous three and a half hours on a good evening.  This allows us to arive at camp in the middle of the night.  There is an advantage to this believe it or not.  You get the first taste of the clear brisk night air, and a tantalizing view of the luminous night sky.  The stars are always more clear and bright when there is no artificial light.  we can regularly see the Milky Way and many of the astrological formations.    I always enjoy gazing upon the heavens, and attempting to place as many formations as possible.  The moon in all it’s amazing glory, so bright and seemingly translucent.   Such a wondrous way to end the day.


One of the reasons I enjoy the walk in to the blind in the mornings is because all my senses come alive.  I seem to be able to hear more clearly, see so vividly, feel with such stimulative acuity.  I even seem to taste the atmosphere around me. The brisk walk opens my thoughts and feeling to that which is around me. Allowing myself a moment of pure serenity. 


Tomorrow I’ll take you along on another trip through the woods.



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Shadow said...

you make hunting sound so enticing. i somehow always had this image of a bunch of guys, macho attitudes, 4x4's, booze, guns... ain't quite like that, is it?!?!?!

Summer said...

How's the hunting been going this season? I hear the fellas here say that it hasn't been as good this year. They say it might be because of the freeze we had last year. Not as many acorns. I don't know. It would make sense I guess.

derfina said...

Looking forward to hearing all about it!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Mother Nature is indeed great. I feel the same way about it as you do. It does invigorate.

Have a terrific day. :)

Vixen said...

Being born and raised as a camper, I love that you are able to take me right back to those feelings like I was there myself.

Thanks for sharing.

confused said...

there is magic on early mornings in the bush..

tashabud said...

Ahh...Being in the outdoors is doing you good. It translates into your poetic and romantic prose.

So did you fill your tag?

Good huntin'.


Jena Isle said...

Hi Eric,

I understand exactly what you mean, I used to sit down too at a clearing on the mountain top just to breathe the cold morning air and watch the sun rise slowly from the east, Nothing beats the feeling of peace and tranquility. Thanks for reminding me of how it is.

Best regards.

Eric S. said...

@ Shadow, Thank you. You know it depends entirely on who you go hunting with. I have to admit, we have a little beer at the camp, but just enough to enjoy ourselves. There is not much of the macho attitude. I would say more encouragement, and support for each other. I get pretty upset with the people who give hunting a bad reputation because of the way they hunt.

@ Summer, It's been pretty good down here. We have an excess of does this year, and lots of young bucks. The next few years should be very good. We had some good rain this year and there is plenty of food for them.

@ Derfina, thanks. It'll be coming up soon.

@ Vixen, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love to write about it, and it makes me feel good when people catch my feeling through the writing.

@ Confused, There truly is magic in the outdoors.

@ Tasha, Yes indeed the outdoors is doing wonders for my spirit. Thanks for the compliment. I did get a nice 7 point, about 5 years old.

@ Jena, it is beautiful, and soul inspiring isn't it. There is nothing better than being out in the woods on a cool morning enjoying the stars, then the sunrise.

Lilly's Life said...

"Such a wondrous way to end the day" for you and a wondrous way to start the day for me.

I really enjoyed that post Eric and felt I was right there too. You have a way with words (and deer too it seems). And you are so right time is moving quickly.

Allison said...

Yes, the way you word your posts is poetic in it's own self. I understand , as you pointed out. There is indeed something magical about the mountains and everything that goes with it. I have been gone for a bit but now I am back and looking forward to your words. They are always so fresh and inspiring. I look for ward to all of your posts.

AngelBaby said...

I would be willing to bet that it is just beautiful there and I would just love it. I used to live on a large ranch where my husband and I raised our two children. I do remember the stars at night, it was just amazing and so beautiful. I could never get over how many stars there are in the sky.

Love and Blessings,

Liara Covert said...

People underestimate the magic to be experienced in nature. The simplicty it timeless. So many people leave farms and country commutities to go to cities for work or in search of what they assume is "better." I have known farmers whose children have left for what they dream would be a better life. INitially, this translates into money, advenure and ambition. Turns out, this often evolves into the attitude of making enough money to afford to return to the farm or country. I lose track of how many people I have known who get caught up in the vicisious circle of debt and money. Many people I know who retire have made the choice to go "back to the land" because they are completely turned off city life. I have one friend in Virginia who chooses to live completely off his land. He has gone to what some readers may yperceive as an extreme, and yet, he has redefined happienss and come full circle. We all go our own way. All roads lead back to Rome.

LceeL said...

I still would rather hunt with a camera than a gun - but then, it's kind of hard to eat a photograph.

LarryG said...

Hey I am passing along some Christmas joy to you - link over here.
Christmas Award

And I enjoy reading about your world, makes me want to leave this little city and carve out a spot of me own.

LarryG said...

The late night camp arrival is awesome!

soulMerlin said...

Hi Eric ~ It's an atmospheric post. I found your description of the sky and the moon and constellations allowed me to visualise it exactly - and that I think is the magic of writing.


Eric S. said...

HI everybody, Sorry I have been absent of late. No excuses.

@ Lilly, Thank you ever so much. You have no idea how much I appreciate your compliments.

@ Allison, Thank you, the mountains will always hold that wondrous feeling of serenity for me. Glad your back and doing well.

@ Liara Covert, Yes indeed the magic of nature is misunderstood so often. I so prefer the simple life of the country over the hustle and bustle of city life. If I had my choice, I would surely not be living in the city.

@ Lou, no you can't eat a photograph, but you can sure enjoy it for a far larger time.

@ Larry G. Thank you, I'll swing on around and see what you have going on.

@ Henry, Thank you Henry, I love that I was able to take you along. I always hope that my writing is able to provide pictures for people to see and enjoy.

Kel said...

Okay, okay . . . we all know the elder sister just can't seem to restrain herself sometimes . . . yes?

Perspicaciousness, tenuous driving, stimulative alacrity . . . I keep getting these images of a yellow brick road . . . lions, and tigers, and bears, OH MY !!!!


But seriously now, thank the God/Goddess for the wildplaces, eh?

Kel said...

P.S. Back in one piece from Never Never Land (a.k.a. New York City) And had a great time . . . a REALLY good, really needed, vacation. First "pure" vacation in a long while (many years it seems like) ~ just the hubby and myself, to ourselves ~ no building of family member's home elements, no errand running for others, no emergency room moments for friends or family, no bailing out/backing up of co-workers, ya da ya da ya da. Selfish? Too expensive? Yup, and I find myself REALLY comfortable with that. Especially considering that the growing economic downtown boogie man may make such escapes a fond memory for near future.

Eric S. said...

Yep, LOL, I kind of went wild with the old thesaurus. I was having a lot of fun finding words and examining their meanings.

Glad you enjoyed your trip. Did you get a chance to hit any Broadway shows?

Yes thank the Gods indeed.

Kel said...

No, we didn't catch a "Broadway" show, nor even an "Off, Off Broadway" show (quel domage). I wanted to get tickets for either "Equus," or "A Man for All Seasons" ~ both plays I am particularly keen on; however, the schedule did not allow. Also, sadly, because of the economic turn down they have closed 14 plays this month in the Theatre District.

We did get to catch "A Prairie Home Companion," at the lovely depression-era Town Hall Theater, and THAT was great fun, as I have followed Garrison Keiller and APHC since my college days back in the 70's. We also were able to get in to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Extravaganza (featuring, of course, The Rockettes), which also was great fun (very old- fashioned entertainment with some quite new-fangled high-tech special effects that were VERY well staged). But the best part of that night was exiting the theater, arm in arm; after giddy applause celebrating Santa's final gift of snow onstage during the finale; we made our way out to the sidewalk to find great fat snow flakes falling to the New York sidewalks & streets ~ to much squeeling and glee amongst the tourists outside, and the generally moisty-eyed and smiling exiting theater audience. I actually got teary eyed myself at that moment(I'm such a sap sometimes)! No other snow feel during our visit, but that night was lovely walking to Times Square, and then on to the train station through the falling snow.

We braved the crowds at Rockefeller Center to see the "nation's" Christmas tree, and were blessed to witness a young man drop to one knee and propose marriage to his lady love, right there directly in front the that grand old Pagan icon. Me hubby was so touched he gave the young couple $100 to "seed" their wedding chest.

Day after day we wandered hither and yon, up and down the surprisingly narrow streets, admiring the 200+ centuries worth of architectural variety on the streets whereon we were wandering (certain areas of the state can claim 400+ years worth of architecture, nothing to challenge the millenia+ of architectural selections available to explore in Europe of course, but for the US pretty impressive!)

We had a crazy lunch at Carneggie's Deli: a 4-inch+ thick roast beef sandwhich for the hubby, and a generous bowl of New York style Borscht for me.

Wandered in and out of pubs sampling the various ethnically-oriented themes and the various yummy imported beers (Belgian, Irish, German, English, Thai, etc.) and had myself a dozen of the most spectacular fresh oysters on the half shell I've ever indulged in (Malapeque oysters, a USA east coast native shellfish ~ absolutely outstanding). Yum!!!!

And generally just really enjoyed ourselves, the locals, and the tourists.


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