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November 13, 2014 / diannegray

Misty Morning RUC

It was very misty the other morning at the RUC. I jumped out of bed at about 4:30 am (yes – I slept in) to find the moon setting over the mountains and a beautiful mist rolling through the sugar cane fields. I sat for a while exploring my inner child – imagining any minute something mystical would emerge from the fog.

 

That light to the left is the setting moon

That light to the left is the setting moon

Straight on shot

Is that my muse emerging from the fog?

When I was a child my imagination wasn’t restrained by rules and rights and wrongs. Anything was possible and a mist, like the one I saw the other morning, would have opened all sorts of doors to the unknown. Stories of witches, monsters or fairies would have emerged to scare the living daylights out of my younger sister.

As a child it was a lot easier to flex that imagination muscle in my brain.

When the fog lifted I realised I no longer look at things like I use to when I was a child. This thought opened a door to that inactive imagination muscle, so I got it to work on the treadmill. I’m getting it into shape and it’s paying off.

I’m writing again and I’m sure I caught sight of my muse emerging from the fog, but it was early in the morning and I had sleep in my eyes.

The previous day the sugar cane next to the RUC had been cut – maybe this caused the fog, or the return of my muse. Either way, life is magical again.

This is one of the last fields to be cut. The cane cutting season will officially close this Saturday

This is one of the last fields to be cut. The cane cutting season will officially close this Saturday

 Have a mystical, magical week and take a few moments to sit back, relax and look at this beautiful world like a child again.

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  1. John / Nov 13 2014 6:56 am

    Wow, those are fantastic views, Dianne! Cutting the cane may have released a lot of moisture, that added to just the right conditions for the fog to form. Your home is is great. Good to see you back!!

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:16 pm

      Thanks, John! I love the views as well and I think you’re right about the moisture being released – it’s very late in the year to be having fogs like this 😉

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  2. Theo Fenraven / Nov 13 2014 6:57 am

    Nice photos. Everyone needs magic in their lives. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:20 pm

      We SO need a little magic with everything that is happening in the world xxx

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  3. nrhatch / Nov 13 2014 7:13 am

    Wow! What a great moody blue view.

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  4. Carrie Rubin / Nov 13 2014 7:21 am

    If I had a view like that, I might jump out of bed at 4:30 too. Wow, gorgeous. So glad it got your writing muse going. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:23 pm

      My favourite times are during the full moon because I get a great view of it setting in the early mornings, Carrie. The mist just put the icing on the cake this month 🙂

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  5. JackieP / Nov 13 2014 7:31 am

    Wonderful pictures Dianne. Wish I had views like that, if I did I might get up that early too! xxx

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:23 pm

      It really is the most beautiful time of the day, Jackie (no wonder I’m exhausted by 7 PM LOL) 😀

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      • JackieP / Nov 13 2014 2:56 pm

        Well there is that draw back, but its worth it 🙂

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  6. jannatwrites / Nov 13 2014 7:43 am

    Beautiful view! I’m glad the fog has lifted and your muse returned. So true that as adults, we don’t let our imagination run off-leash like we do as children. Reality often stunts my story ideas. As soon as I halt typing and think, yeah, like that could really happen, the story is done 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:29 pm

      Oh so true, Janna! As soon as we check our reality the magic seems to fade. I’m trying to unleash that inner child at least once a day now so I can suspend my disbelief in ‘dreams can come true’ 😀

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  7. Carol Britt Bryant / Nov 13 2014 7:52 am

    Isn’t it great when your muse returns? Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:31 pm

      Thank you for coming over to be inspired, Carol 😀 My muse has returned with a vengeance 😀

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  8. Jenny Ackland / Nov 13 2014 7:52 am

    Gorgeous pics, Dianne. How lovely to have such sights just *there*. Glad to hear your muse might be stirring.

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:37 pm

      I’m glad you like the pics, Jenny. I didn’t think I had done the scene justice because it was just so beautiful (but came out a little dark in the photos). xxx

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  9. ramblingsfromamum / Nov 13 2014 7:54 am

    Your paradise keeps unfolding whether your muse is spotted drawing from the mist or not. You are right though, how our outlook changes on the world we see as adults compared to when we were little. In saying that, I think your imagination is still thriving as you wouldn’t be able to produce the writing that you do. Glad you are hitting the treadmill and it’s working for you to hun. I have mine hiding under a tarp in the carport as there is nowhere to put it in Mr.S’s place to put it. but I need to start again 😔 xxx

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:39 pm

      It’s not me on the treadmill, it’s my brain (LOL). I don’t think I need a treadmill with the amount of walking I do every day.

      You’re so right about our thinking – things look so different when we’re children and then we have to go and ruin it all by growing up 😉 xxx

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  10. Ruth Rainwater / Nov 13 2014 8:15 am

    Reminds me of the poem about fog creeping in on little cat feet. Beautiful view!

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:48 pm

      I haven’t heard that poem, but I can really relate to fog creeping in like little cat feet, Ruth. Beautiful 😀

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      • Ruth Rainwater / Nov 14 2014 12:18 am

        It’s the poem “Fog” by Carl Sandberg:
        The fog comes
        on little cat feet.

        It sits looking
        over harbor and city
        on silent haunches
        and then moves on.

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      • diannegray / Nov 14 2014 7:57 am

        Beautiful! 😀

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  11. Pagadan / Nov 13 2014 8:25 am

    I love the photos and the mist. Where is that muse?!

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:49 pm

      That muse is around here somewhere, Joy! It seems to have come back with a vengeance 😀

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  12. kford2007 / Nov 13 2014 9:08 am

    I saw a dragon in that mist. A wounded one. Thank you for sharing and I’m glad your muse came home. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 2:54 pm

      Haaa – you just put a huge smile on my face! I just love a great imagination 😀

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  13. EllaDee / Nov 13 2014 9:29 am

    Your verandah frames a fairytale view… I’m sure I saw a white knight muse on a horse charging out the mist coming to rescue the princess 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 3:02 pm

      YAY! I’m sure I saw that too 😀 It’s funny how you mention ‘princess’ because hubby sometimes comments that I look like Rapunzel when I’m standing on the veranda looking out over the sugar cane (yes, he’s a dag and I don’t even have really long hair) 😀

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  14. Jill Weatherholt / Nov 13 2014 11:02 am

    Thanks for sharing your magnificent photos, Dianne. I’m so happy to know that I’m not the only one who considers sleeping in 4:00 or 4:30 a.m.

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 3:03 pm

      Birds of a feather, Jill! It’s just such a beautiful and quiet time of the day. I’m so glad you like the photos 😀

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  15. Letizia / Nov 13 2014 12:00 pm

    I’m so happy to hear your muse is resurrected. Hiding in the cornfields all along. You’re right though, we need to remind ourselves of our child’s mind, free from constraints. A good reminder, thank you, Dianne.

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  16. bulldog / Nov 13 2014 12:03 pm

    Your views conjure up all sorts of thoughts in my mind… the most prevalent being … how I’d love to live there…

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 3:11 pm

      I often think of you when I take the dogs for their afternoon walk around the cane fields, Rob. Yesterday we spotted an echidna. It had rolled itself into a ball because it could see the dogs coming and I thought you would be patient enough to wait for it to unroll and walk away so you could get a picture of it. I got the dogs away from it and was going to come back later but it got too dark. I also got some photos of the birds flying around the harvester, but they’re nothing compared to your bird shots 😉

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  17. anotherday2paradise / Nov 13 2014 12:21 pm

    A fantastic way to greet the new day, Dianne. I’m happy that your muse found its way through the fog. Yes, I’m sure I can also see it galloping towards you. Good luck with the writing, and thanks for the beautiful pics. 🙂 xx

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 3:12 pm

      I’m so glad you can ‘see’ it was well, Sylvia. And I’m really glad you like the pics! 😀

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  18. Britt Skrabanek / Nov 13 2014 2:58 pm

    Stunning photos! I’m so glad they translated, because I have so many poignant nature moments like this and I try to snap a pic and it looks silly.

    So fantastic that you’re feeling inspired again, honey! I’m starting to miss writing a WIP but it’s going to be a few months before I can sit down with anything new. I have to admit I’m glad to have that feeling though. After NFE’s release I was in the “swearing off writing books” forever phase. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 13 2014 3:16 pm

      It’s really just so much hard work, Britt. You’ll write another book, you can’t not write another book because it’s in your blood and your damn good at it 😀

      I’m glad the pics translated well, too. They are a little dark, but I didn’t think that took away from their magic 😀

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  19. Gallivanta / Nov 13 2014 6:37 pm

    Such a beautiful setting for your Muse, who was surely there. 😉

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  20. Alarna Rose Gray / Nov 13 2014 8:42 pm

    Just beautiful. I’d do anything to have your view in the morning! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 14 2014 7:54 am

      What a lovely thing to say, Alarna – I absolutely love it 😀

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  21. the eternal traveller / Nov 13 2014 10:11 pm

    I love your second photo…gorgeous.

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    • diannegray / Nov 14 2014 7:54 am

      It reminded of something out of a fairy tale 😉

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  22. danniehill / Nov 13 2014 11:31 pm

    With all the hard work you’ve put into the RUC you deserve a magical view. Mist and fog always makes my mind work and now that you’ve said it, bring out a child-like response. So happy to hear you’re writing.

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    • diannegray / Nov 14 2014 7:56 am

      It’s good to be writing again. I kind of got a bit lost when my laptop broke and I lost my stories, but I’m getting there 😉

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  23. billyraychitwood1 / Nov 14 2014 1:01 am

    Great views! Beautiful post from a beautiful lady! 4:30 AM? Quite a muse! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 14 2014 7:57 am

      Yes – she insists on getting me out of my slumber at an ungodly hour. I’m so glad you like the views 😉

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  24. Jacqui Murray / Nov 14 2014 2:09 am

    I’ve been told by those who should know these things that writing through your child’s eye is the best way. Good advice, Dianne.

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    • diannegray / Nov 14 2014 7:59 am

      I think I saw something a while back on YouTube where John Cleese talks about creativity and finding the inner child, but I’m not sure where it is now. I’ll keep looking 😉

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  25. danpentagram / Nov 14 2014 2:16 am

    You always capture the mystical, Dianne. Great pictures. And congratulations on writing again; I’m looking forward to your new stuff 🙂 Don’t keep us waiting too long.

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    • diannegray / Nov 14 2014 8:01 am

      I lost two of the three stories I was writing when my laptop broke, but I’m working on the one that’s left ‘The Devil Seam’. Hopefully I can get it finished soon 😉

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  26. Yolanda M. / Nov 14 2014 6:56 am

    I too would have watched and waited for what lurked beneath that rolling fog Dianne 🙂 great pics! 4:30am! You are my hero. The earliest I can manage is 5:30am 😀 Happy writing!!

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    • diannegray / Nov 14 2014 8:02 am

      You’re an early starter as well by the sounds of it, Yolanda. 5:30 is highly respectable 😀

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  27. prior / Nov 14 2014 11:15 am

    what beautiful images – I love the ornate decor front he porch too – and the emerging fog was a p;lea sure to see via photos – so all the more moving to be there – 🙂 and very rarely have I seen pics of a setting moon – so cool…
    and now I need to go and get the sleep out of my eyes – O_o

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    • diannegray / Nov 15 2014 10:45 am

      The ornate decor just seems to set of any picture I take because it frames it – so I love it too 😀

      I hope you got that sleep out of your eyes 😉

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  28. Luanne / Nov 14 2014 1:02 pm

    Thank goodness for a return of the magic!

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  29. starproms / Nov 14 2014 7:15 pm

    Yes, it’s often in the early morning when inspiration comes knocking! I noticed the other day that my review of Wolf Pear hadn’t appeared on the Kindle UK site. I addressed that this morning. You might like to ask Kindle why the reviews don’t encompass all of their sites? I’ve had the same thing happen to me too.
    Then I wanted to buy Soul’s Child for my Kindle. I’m registered with the UK site. I can’t buy it on there! I was surprised. Do you know why that is? Since I’m not registered with the .com site, only the .co.uk site, does that mean I can’t buy the Kindle version? What do you think Dianne?

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    • diannegray / Nov 15 2014 10:50 am

      I get sales from .co.uk, but I heard they changed things recently, so I’m not sure what’s going on. Have you ever used Smashwords? My stories are also on there and you can buy them in many formats. If you go this way I will send you a voucher so you can get Soul’s Child for free 😀

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      • starproms / Nov 15 2014 9:13 pm

        I haven’t been to Smashwords, no but I will check that out later today. The voucher would be welcome. It’s up to you 😊

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      • diannegray / Nov 16 2014 7:39 am

        I’ll send it to your email address 🙂

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      • starproms / Nov 17 2014 5:47 am

        Thank you very much. 😊

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      • diannegray / Nov 17 2014 5:51 am

        I hope you got it …

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      • starproms / Nov 17 2014 9:29 pm

        Hello Dianne, yes I did get it, thank you. I have downloaded it to my PC and now I have to figure out how to get it on my Kindle, lol Do you have a Paypal account? I feel bad about having the book for free 🙂

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      • diannegray / Nov 18 2014 3:25 am

        Don’t feel bad. I’m just happy you want to read it. I really hope you enjoy it 😀

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      • starproms / Nov 18 2014 11:31 pm

        I have the book Dianne. Thanks a lot 😊

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  30. Peter / Nov 14 2014 9:42 pm

    Lovely Shots Diane!

    Buy your Muse a cuppa and spend a lot of time consorting together. 🙂 Isn’t it lovely they way they seem to show up early in the morning. !

    P

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    • diannegray / Nov 15 2014 10:53 am

      I just love the way she showed up out of the mist, Peter! The cuppa is on the boil 😀

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  31. Amy Reese / Nov 15 2014 1:37 pm

    What a glorious spot, Dianne. I hope your muse is back, if not…hey, the view is lovely. I have a feeling it’s your muse, because it sounds like you’re in a good place. Best of luck with your writing.

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  32. avwalters / Nov 15 2014 2:05 pm

    I love how the rhythms of agriculture are constantly rearranging our views, and reminding us how we move in step with the seasons.

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    • diannegray / Nov 16 2014 7:38 am

      What a beautiful comment, Alta – you certainly have a way with words 😀

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  33. cocoaupnorth / Nov 16 2014 1:57 am

    The mist creates a beautiful and magical view, it’s certainly inspires. Glad you got your muse back and all the best with your writing.

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  34. agjorgenson / Nov 16 2014 3:06 am

    Thanks for the reflection and lovely photos. I always enjoy the invitation to be a child again!

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    • diannegray / Nov 16 2014 2:08 pm

      You’re welcome, Allen. I love looking through the world through my child eyes 😀

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  35. Andrea Stephenson / Nov 16 2014 7:58 am

    What an amazing sight Dianne. I love fog for its mystical and inspiring properties, it’s definitely one of the most magical forms of weather.

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    • diannegray / Nov 16 2014 2:09 pm

      Fog is certainly one of those things we all love to see (unless we’re driving 😉 ) It has such a magical quality about it 😀

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  36. tchistorygal / Nov 16 2014 1:41 pm

    We have entered fog season here. We are blessed with heavy fog that gets stuck sneaking around the bottom of the foothills and creeping into the valley and falling asleep. As the mist settles into a thick cloud in the city, out by the foothills the mist spreads out and paints the sky a translucent gray with the sun trying to dry it out. Mist and fog does excite the imagination. I feel more fictitious and creative already! 🙂 I’m glad it is inspiring you. I can’t wait for your next book! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 16 2014 2:11 pm

      Your comment sounds like the beginning of a novel, Marsha – I could have sat here and read it all day! 😀

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      • tchistorygal / Nov 17 2014 3:14 am

        That’s how I feel about your writing! 🙂 I’m working at it. My first book, Images of America: Woodlake, comes out in June 2015. After I finish in Dec, I’ll try to go back and revive Girls on Fire, and maybe write a couple other non-fiction works for children or simple ones like the one I just did for adults. 🙂 I’d also like to get a few clients who want me to write histories of their organizations for them. That would be interesting. 🙂

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  37. DaydreamsInWonderland / Nov 16 2014 5:50 pm

    Oh, these are dreamy, Dianne. 😀

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  38. restlessjo / Nov 16 2014 11:13 pm

    So happy for you, Dianne! I know you’ve been giving yourself a hard time.
    That misty moon would be worth getting up late for. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Nov 17 2014 5:48 am

      It’s misty again this morning – but that full moon is missing unfortunately 😉

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  39. Kate Johnston / Nov 17 2014 1:21 am

    Lovely photos! Happy that your muse is back on track! Fog has a way of awakening my muse, which seems kind of ironic.

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  40. ParentingIsFunny / Nov 17 2014 9:18 am

    Terrific pictures.

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  41. cestlavie22 / Nov 18 2014 12:04 am

    It seems fog is running rampant lately. I got a picture just this past week!

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    • diannegray / Nov 18 2014 3:26 am

      It seems there’s ‘something in the air’ 😉

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  42. Polysyllabic Profundities / Nov 18 2014 4:31 am

    What a beautiful view. I could almost picture your muse riding in on a white horse. 🙂

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  43. Minuscule Moments / Nov 20 2014 4:49 am

    Beautiful images Dianne and I am so happy your muse has come back. This is such a lovely, inspiring post. Thank you.

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    • diannegray / Nov 20 2014 7:22 am

      I’m so glad you liked it, Kath. We need our muses and it’s frustrating when they disappear for a while xxx

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  44. jmmcdowell / Nov 20 2014 6:30 am

    What an amazing view to wake up to—I am jealous! 🙂 I remember my imagine running wild, too, when I was younger. Making up those stories in my head was so much fun. Then I stopped doing it as an adult until a few years ago. And I feel overwhelmed by “the rules” of writing “good fiction.” I need to find that inner child again!

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    • diannegray / Nov 20 2014 7:23 am

      Yes, JM! Go in search of that inner child and throw all those writing rules out the window! xxxx

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  45. pommepal / Nov 20 2014 3:24 pm

    I love the panorama style of your mystical photos and how you have framed them, very effective. You must be ecstatic that your writers block disappeared with the mist. 4-30am sleep in!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I must admit if I could ever stir my old bones to get out at that time it is much cooler than later in the day for gardening, walking, looking and just appreciating natures beauty. Good to have you and youe lovely photos back Dianne

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    • diannegray / Nov 25 2014 1:12 pm

      Thank you, my darling!

      I love getting up early because it gives me chance to garden before that dreaded sun and humidity hit 😀

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      • pommepal / Nov 25 2014 10:34 pm

        I like the late afternoon to garden when the sea breeze arrives. Unfortunately the mossies arrive too 😦 but I smother myself with repellent. Then sit back with a glass of wine to admire the garden.

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  46. Roy McCarthy / Nov 22 2014 7:50 am

    Wonderful Dianne, I don’t equate Oz with mists and mystery and all that stuff. Great that you’re writing again and I imagine that you’ll be tingeing your work with a little mystery and fantasy along the way.

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    • diannegray / Nov 25 2014 1:14 pm

      Loads of mystery and fantasy, Roy 😀 The stories are coming along well 😉

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  47. reneejohnsonwrites / Nov 22 2014 10:42 pm

    Misty views take me back to childhood as well. For some reason, even as a kid, fog turned me poetic. Wow.

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    • diannegray / Nov 25 2014 1:15 pm

      I love the poetic voice of mist, Renee, and I’m so glad you like the pics 😀

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  48. Hazy Shades of Me / Nov 26 2014 4:21 am

    Whoo! Love the mist and the sunrise. But, I have to admit I would have been sitting there picturing the walking dead coming out of it, scaring MYSELF silly!

    I agree, Dianne. To have the limitlessness of our childhood would be a gift indeed. And, it can be achieved. It just takes a little more flexing than it used to!

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    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 6:47 am

      It’s been so dry here, but now it’s just started raining in the last few days. I’m sure this will bring more mist. It’s my birthday today – Happy Birthday to me!! 😀 😀

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  49. 1girl4adamwest / Dec 15 2014 11:59 am

    What a WOW moment. Absolutely beautiful!

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  50. Kourtney Heintz / Dec 31 2014 1:08 am

    Love that shot of the mist and the moon. It would have gotten my imagination churning too. My best friend laughed when he drove me to his new house and we passed through wetlands with dead trees and my first reaction was this would be the perfect place for a murder mystery.

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    • diannegray / Dec 31 2014 7:03 am

      Haaaa! That’s something I’d say, not realizing I’m scaring the living daylights out of someone 😉

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