Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

And then the sun went down

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Last week I thought there might be a great sunset, so I headed over to the park where I can climb a hill and have an unobstructed view to the west.

You hardly ever see anyone else on the nature trails that wind up the hill, but on this evening a pregnant couple and their photographer were climbing out of cars at the same time I was. As there are several ways to the top I asked them which way they were going, and told them I’d go the opposite. They laughed, I think in relief, and we headed off on our own paths.

There was a half moon hanging in the sky as it began to get dark, but not much to the west of me. I spent my time taking pictures of other things.

I noticed the couple standing in the tall grass down below me. They were standing about where I’d taken pictures of lupine in the fading sunlight a month or so ago. Where I ended up with two ticks. Hmmmmmmm.

They looked beautiful together in the evening light. Silently I wished them and their baby well and hoped the photographer told them to check for ticks when they got home.

Meanwhile the sun wasn’t making much of a sunset, so I continued to focus on other things.

It was a beautiful evening and I was glad I was there even though, in the end, there really wasn’t much of a sunset at all.

For a little while I could forget all the craziness going on in the world and just enjoy the soft summer air, the light sliding off the grasses, the birds beginning to swoop against the sky turning navy.

I wish you all a bit of peace like this, or whatever works for you, during these times. Share with us all how you relax during these days of social isolation.

We can all use some new ideas on that front.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

24 thoughts on “And then the sun went down

  1. You know there’s a country song about checking for ticks. I think it’s supposed to be romantic 🙂

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  2. Thank you, Dawn. That was beautiful.

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  3. What a beautiful way to spend an evening.

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  4. A lovely evening, even if the sunset wasn’t quite what you hoped. I am going to admit that I am finding it very hard to relax during this time of the coronavirus. But being on the patio with a glass of something nice sure helps.

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  5. I like to play Scrabble against the computer.

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  6. Do ticks bring disease, particularly to unborn babies?? I think if I’d been that photographer, I’d have tried to convince the happy couple to take their photos elsewhere. Just sayin’. But you’ve got some nice shots here, even if the sunset didn’t exactly cooperate. This virus certainly has worn out its welcome, hasn’t it? I’m glad I’m not a social butterfly who feels a need to patronize bars, crowded beaches, and political rallies, ha! Being a homebody suits me just fine right now (though I must confess I miss shopping and band and church!)

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    • I don’t know about ticks and unborn babies, but I do know it brings disease to people, and I’m sure she wouldn’t be happy if she found one on her or her husband. If they had stayed in the path they’d have been much safer. Silly photographer. But then, I bet the photos were gorgeous. I should have got their email so I could send them the one of the three of them which I liked a lot.

      I miss band too…and shopping to a lesser extent. I miss traveling a WHOLE lot.

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  7. Thanks, Dawn, for the pretty stuff as usual.

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  8. Hi, Dawn – Getting out in nature is a wonderful to leave behind the craziness of the world…even for a short while. Thank you for sharing this.

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  9. You didn’t need the sunset, these are great images. Happens to me a lot, head out with a thought about what image you want to capture but come home with a whole bunch of other things. I really like the image with the tall tree and the three people walking to the right.

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    • Thanks Mike! I like that one too. I almost always end up with something different then what I went to get. And then there are the times when I have no idea what I’m out there to get! 🙂

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  10. Those are some pawsome pawtographs. Dad spends his time with the collies during these times.

    As for ticks, Dad recommends the farmers trick that he learned during geology field camp a bazillion dog moons ago. He would combine sulfur and baby powder together and rub it on his legs. That works well on ticks and chiggers. The only time he got chiggers was the day he waded across a stream. After itching and not sleeping well afterwards, he begged one of the girls at camp to let him using her fingernail polish. Of course it was pink! He Covered the itchy portions and
    suffocated the chiggers.

    Dog Speed,

    Gemini and Normandy

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  11. Peaceful moments like these are precious to me. I enjoy sitting in my hammock with a glass of wine enjoying the sunset. When I can. 😄 Your experience sounds lovely Dawn!

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