Robert Frost, Claude Monet & Boulder Loop Trail

Trip Start Sep 11, 2013
Trip End Oct 22, 2013

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sometimes a poem expresses so much more than prose.  This poem by Robert Frost was sent to me from my dear friend and creative, Beverly, who was reminded of it by my short stories of the local deli and people.

A Time To Talk

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don't stand still and look around
On the hills I haven't hoed,
and shout from where I am, What is it?
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod:  I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

The impressionist painter, Claude Monet, did not attempt to reproduce reality but "captured" moving light and water thereby creating a new reality.  He would float down the river Seine on a small flat-bottomed boat with his easel set up.  From his floating studio, as the scenery passed him, he painted. He immersed himself in his subject.  In my own sort of way, I've been moving too - passing my favorite nature friends - trees, water and mountains, noticing the sounds of the wind.  This morning, I played with my camera and the area around our home and thought of Monet.   It was the play of the wind and leaves that captured me.  My mind is full of possibilities and seeds of future work are emerging.  What a blast!  

It's very hard to decide what trail to hike on any day.  There are easily hundreds of hiking trails in these White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Being spoilt for choice, I pore over the guidebooks, "Waterfalls of the White Mountains", Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)  "White Mountain Guide", and the "Hiker's Guide to New Hampshire".   Between reviewing the descriptions, time and elevation gain it's really quite confusing and sometimes you just take your best guess and hope for the best.  Today, we hiked the The Boulder Loupe Trail, described as follows: "This moderately graded trail ascends a low spur of the Moat group and offers fine views from open ledges".   It was in the suggested hikes section of the AMC Guide and was supposed to be a 2 hour hike so it fit in nicely to our day.  Immediately upon entering we sited, you guessed it, huge boulders.  These are as the result of  glaciers from the last Ice Age dragging across the granite.  What a kick to walk among these odd shape sometimes humongous boulders, touch their cold moist surface which is home now to lichen and moss.  I breathe in the air and just feel so excited!  No words to describe - just a feeling!  The real surprise was the light show from the ledges as we looked on the surrounding valley and mountains.  What a light show!  Have a look and imagine standing there and seeing this!

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Ellen on

I read your blogs and enjoy your photos, and alternate between pure joy at the expressions on your faces, and the incredible beauty of watching the seasons change, and raw jealousy!

I've got some favorite shots - thinking how you could make another book around the theme of "joy"! Loved your Monet imitations!

Big hugs from the steamy wet South! I &lt;3 U

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