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A Sexy Peek Under Mother Nature’s Skirts

I am an easy date.

Give me a blue sky and a fragrant flower tucked in at the collar, I’ll hand over my digits. Throw in an afternoon of hooky, and I can’t keep the sun from kissing my skin. Add to that, a woodsmoke Autumn breeze and a running trail; I’m pledging eternal love. With a whisper and a tease, I abandon responsibilities and lists to rendezvous with my unrelenting lover on a hidden path. Nothing like a tumble in Mother Nature’s bed to clear the mind and lighten the heart.

Peep Show: A Peek Under Mother Nature's Skirt

Hello, old friend. It’s been too long. 

Did you miss me? 


My recent tryst with MN started out as it often does–breathless, hot, and sweaty. But, it wasn’t long before I hit my stride, and my feet pounded the path down to the trees. I was just getting my rhythm when I found the first of six ascents.

I love it when you make me work for it.


After killing my quads on the hills, she soaked my clothes with a spontaneous downpour. Then, she filled my hair with cobwebs. Spiders are wonderful creatures, but I don’t relish them scampering in my ponytail.  At the crest of the third nasty hill, she sent bears!

KIDDING! There were no bears. Only spiders. Just seeing if you were paying attention.


It’s almost Monday again, isn’t it? Don’t worry, Hon. Your e-mails and phone calls can wait. Let her lure you in for a few hours and escape.

Step outside


Pluck a petal (or two)

Look up into the sky


Catch the Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse


Peek up her skirt. She’s a beauty and loves it when you notice her. 

Now, it’s your turn! What are you going to do this week to keep your stress at bay? Do you have a favorite hide-from-the-world spot? Do you ever tumble with Mother Nature? Did you see the lunar eclipse? 


Except for the moon, all photos are mine and captured in a small radius.

My own little world 🙂 


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76 thoughts on “A Sexy Peek Under Mother Nature’s Skirts

    1. Oh Karen – you had me at “canyon.”
      I Googled images of Sabino Canyon and immediately wanted to book a plane ticket. You are so right about prioritizing “alone time.” In fact, you’ve entered my mind more than once this week knowing that you must be knee-deep in running that business, and keeping the home fires burning. Thank you for taking the time to share your story (and beautiful video/song) – I hope you go find that trail again very soon. xo

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    1. I am a hopeless romantic for sure. Actually “hopeFULL” might be a better description.
      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, Marissa. Be sure to capture that moon this evening. You know I’ll be over to visit for my Monday Marissa fix. xo


    1. Awww…thank you, Carrie!
      Best wishes on the line edits – hope to get far enough along in my project that I’ll be doing line edits some day, too 🙂
      Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of that moon this evening – you’ll need a break at some point, right?
      Happy Sunday and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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    1. Well hello, Charles!
      I was thinking that I could/should have gone to church this morning and then thought like you did. I stepped outside and knew the worship was all around me.
      Enjoy that rainy day – Lousiana is a state I’d like to visit some day.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. Happy Sunday!

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  1. stuuuuuuuuuuuuunning photos.
    did you take them? WOW. WOWWW.
    this post made me smile all the way thru.
    you soaked my soul w/ your words and skirts!
    You live in MN? Me, too!
    PS. what takes away my stress is walking with a great audio book, like Eat Pray Love or Wild or Girl on a Train or The Gifts of Imperfection….And halfway to my destination, I pray! xx

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    1. Hi Kim (my favorite chica from MN!)

      Yes – I took all of the photos except for the moon (I cannot figure out night photography). Some were iPhone captures and some were camera. All but one or two were in my backyard.
      Speaking of backyard, I’m actually a KS girl 🙂 I’m sorry for throwing you off with the MN. I was trying to be a writer and used the abbreviation for Mother Nature (I’d already referenced her too many times, I wanted to shake it up a bit.)
      That said, I’ve been to Minnesota several times and fell in love with the people (and the food).
      It’s nice to know that the love from MN to KS flows freely.
      Thank you for taking the time to stop and comment. I love seeing you here. xo


    1. Victoria!!!!!
      Hello, dear friend. You’ve inspired me. Instead of sitting out on the back deck tonight (9:11 p.m CST), I’m going to drag the hubs up to the Lake Shawnee dam and watch it there. The last time a Blood Moon appeared, I was in Colorado – but it was 4 in the morning and I was confined to the hotel pool. Your beach and my lake sound like a better option.
      Just think – we’ll be sharing it together. That makes me happy. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I love seeing your smiling face in my mind’s eye when a comment from you comes across the dashboard.
      Have a wonderful Sunday, Victoria.

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    1. Thank you so much!!
      Full disclosure – it took me longer to decide on a title than to actually write the post. I’ve been battling writer’s block, so the camera often fills that wordless void.
      Thank you so much for popping over and saying hello. I’ll be over to check you out, too!


    1. Your daughter is in God’s country, right? Perhaps the desert SW? Painted deserts, amazing sunsets, and her daddy’s heart in her pocket.
      And goodness – I hope there are no bears. Bears scare me! Mountain lions have been spotted in our vicinity, but the bears remain about 3 hours south.
      Enjoy your walk, Cayman. I may have to do the same.
      Thank you for taking the time to stop and comment. You know I love seeing you here. xo


  2. Beautiful images, mama! You really are a Renaissance woman, tell you what. When I got to the part where you were running with bears, I thought to myself that I’m witnessing the next reality TV show star. Nonetheless, my daughter would agree that bears and spiders belong in the same category as far as menaces go.

    I’m going for a walk this afternoon, followed by some meditation. It’s good stuff.

    Have a great rest of your weekend.

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    1. Hi Paul!
      Thank you so much. My husband gives me a hard time about the abundance of nature photos on my phone and computer. It’s the simple things, right??
      Have a wonderful Sunday!
      PS: I’m working on a special project for October/November. Don’t be surprised to see an e-mail from me very soon. I have something in mind for you 😉

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    1. Hi Kay!!
      How awesome to see you here this morning. You completely made my day.
      Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to stop and read…it means the world to me. Michelle

      PS: How big is your football laundry pile this weekend? Mine seems to be stinking up the whole house!!


  3. oh man, this was good!

    it’s so bleeding HOT here in L.A. the thought of outdoor walking is not attractive, but then nature, while appreciated, is not really my thing. I move in a yoga studio. This morning I had a lovely stroll at the farmer’s market, early, before it got too hot.
    HOWEVER…his sexy post had me re-thinking..”I love it when you make me work for it” made me laugh right out loud! And the pics were gorgeous.
    Oh, I’m so happy to see a post from you…I have been battling writer’s block too. Journalling, but nothing to post. It gets frustrating, no? I’m glad you moved through, hopefully me next.
    love you face! and your writing! and your pics! oh..all of you!!

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    1. Hey, thanks Michele!
      Would love to share a Farmer’s market and yoga den with you.
      That blasted writer’a block. It’s why this post was so short….premature climax? ha!
      I’m punchy today.
      Don’t stress on the block. You’ll move through it like you always do – with grace, humor, and insight. And who said journaling doesn’t count? I wish I was better at that.
      Thank you so much for always being here and reading my ramblings.
      Love you!


  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!! I like the outdoors as long as there are no mosquitoes! I hate those things! Thank you for the beautiful pictures! Fall is a wonderful time of year isn’t it?? We are going to a special celebration event tonight for the Lunar Eclipse and the Supermoon. It coincides with a Biblical calendar event called The Feast of Trumpets! We have overcast skies right now, so I pray they move out by 9:00pm.
    I’m also one of those weird people who think spiders are so very cool! Agreed… I don’t want them on me or flittin around in my ponytail but I look forward to the Garden Spiders building their beautiful webs in my back yard every year. I protect them and if I notice they haven’t had anything in their web in few days, I will get crickets and feed them. Seriously! I know.. I’m weird and I own that!! LOL!
    Happy Fall my dear… and have a wonderful week!!! 🙂

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    1. I just love you! My kindred friend who feeds starving spiders – I’ve helped a few spinning sisters that way, too.
      I hope the clouds clear for you – the moon is gorgeous!
      Feast of Trumpets sounds so neat! From Revelation, maybe? I’ll look it up.
      Love seeing you here, my friend. Xo

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      1. Only got to see the first few minutes of the Eclipse then the clouds moved in 😦
        I did get a couple of cool moon shots with my camera on a tripod though.
        Ok… we are not Jewish, but we have friends who study Hebrew and the Jewish calendar. Here is a link to one of many web sites that explains a little bit.
        The fact that The Feast of Tabernacles (I was wrong about which one. Feast of Trumpets was 2 weeks ago) lands on a Super Moon/Blood Moon will not happen again for 500 years. So kind of a big deal. There are some very interesting facts about the 4 blood moons from 2014-2016 and how they land on Jewish calendar Feasts. If you choose to look this stuff up, just keep in mind I AM NOT A FANATICAL RADICAL Religious crazy person! I am a Christian however, and this stuff is fascinating when it comes to the Bible and the end times… Revelation etc. The dates a too perfect to be a coincidence. So I think there is something to it.

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      2. Good morning!
        I can’t wait to look into those links – thank you for sharing!
        And, I hear you on being Christian- but not fanatical! For as light and easy as this post was, I did struggle with some things. Was I being too flippant? Shouldn’t I address God? Would that be blashpemous? In the end, I decided that Jesus surely has a sense of humor (duh, penguins!?) and I opted to keep it silly and fun. I am fascinated by universal synchronicity and am eager to check out the non-coincidental happenings.
        Blood moon was gorgeous in our neck of the woods – made special by the gaggle of teenagers watching it from our deck. Have a great week, my friend! xo

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      3. No not flippant AT ALL! It was sweet and a wonderful introduction to Fall this year and just a little nudge to remember what beauty there is outside. And it all comes from God… He made it all! I would give anything if I had been able to see the Blood Moon and Lunar eclipse last night but it was not meant to be I guess 😦 It won’t happen again until 2033. That’s a ways down the road…..


  5. Great photos and I especially love the spider, no surprise there LOL.

    I need to force myself outside soon to start taking pictures before all the colors disappear as quickly as they are appearing.

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  6. Whoohoo! That is some connection you take on your run Michelle. Makes me want to take up running 🙂
    I’m a little more laid back and do the walking thing…plus, over here you have to keep your eye out for the snakes. Thankfully, no bears 😀
    Great post, thank you for sharing your wonderland of a run in nature 🙂

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    1. Oh, Katie!
      You don’t know how much I long for that. Did you recognize one of the pics with the sunflowers? That was from Garden of the Gods last month.
      I’m dying to run under the moon tonight, but I have a house full of teenagers. Full moon indeed!
      Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read – I know your time is precious these days ❤️


  7. I actually did encounter a bear once while hiking. I think that spider in your photo would freak me out more. Arachnophobic, that’s me. The last several months has been challenging for me for various reasons. One of the things I’ve been trying to do to counter that is getting down with MN. She never disappoints.

    Beautiful photos, Michelle. xoxo


    1. Miss Mary – hello!
      I always love seeing you here and, if you must know, I miss seeing your photos and reading your words. But, I’ll be patient and know you’ll share when the time is right for you.
      I’m so sorry these past months have been challenging. Me, too. It’s nice to know there are kindred souls who care and who use the earth to cope and heal (be sure to check out Karen’s video at the very bottom of the comment thread).
      Regarding spiders: For fun, I send pictures of them to my best friend all of the time. Each time she says, “I could have gone my whole life without needing to see that”


    1. Thank you, my friend!
      I hope you’re having an awesome week, too!
      Just had to tell you that I read your post on your daughter reacclimating. I haven’t been back over to comment, but I have to say that I’m fascinated by her reentry into the US. Also amazed that she acquired a taste for kimchi 😉 You have adventorous kiddos!! xo


      1. She’s so funny. She’s at college now and I am going to go hang out with her for her birthday next week and all she wanted me to bring her is a gallon bottle of kimchi because she can only buy small bottles there for the same price. I couldn’t believe how excited she is for me to bring her kimchi. I haven’t acquired the taste yet, but I do see the health benefits of it and kind of wish I would acquire a taste.

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      2. Okay! I am mortified! I was messing around on my blog dashboard and see that I wasn’t even following you?!?! Keyboard gremlins. I wondered why I was missing so much.
        All good now. I’ll be a regular visitor for sure. xo


  8. Hmmm…so, my relationship is quite a bit different than this, and I am a bit too shy to describe it in the comments.

    But I think anybody could try to suss it out if they read what I write in other places.

    Having said that? I loved this piece…once I got over the notion of peeking up MN’s skirts!!


    1. Yikes! My Charissa is shy? You know how it is with metaphors…I can tend to carry them right to the edge of inappropriate if left unsupervised 😉
      I DO love reading about your personal relationship with nature. I still treasure the poems you’ve written for me. We share that bond for sure. xo

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  9. Michelle, these pictures are breathtaking. The composition and lighting, the perspective and positioning – everything’s just perfect! ❤
    Also, looking up MN's skirt? Naaaice!


    1. Hello long, lost friend! Er, not lost, but neglected!
      You have been on my mind so much lately, but you’d never know by my communication. I promise I’ll be over soon – I am dying to read what you’ve been up to! xo


    1. Hello beautiful friend!
      I’m on my iPad in an airport, so it’s difficult for me to navigate, but it appears like you just linked me to something very kind and thoughtful.
      You are so sweet to think of me. I’ll be over to check it (you) out later.
      I hope you are doing well. I love seeing your smiling face 🙂


  10. Ahhh. Loved enjoying your run with you. And communing with Mother Nature! We’ve been having stretches of four days of sun and gorgeousness. I need to do my own communing and get on the mower ( love it). But I’ve been stripping, sanding, and staining 40 year old kitchen cabinetry. Just about to begin varnishing… my favorite part.

    Beautiful imagery, as always. Thanks!

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    1. Susan! You are my idol. Tackling cabinets is no easy feat and takes so much time and patience. Ha! Now, that I write that…it makes perfect sense that you’d be the one to do it. I hope you’re doing well my fellow nature-loving friend! There’s a gorgeous sunflower patch near my home I wish you could see and photograph.
      As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit. xo

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  11. Most excellent post to read before heading out for 6 miles with “Bang” (4 year old) in the stroller on this cool, October afternoon. I LOVE the dragonfly photo (they’re all great, of course, but that one’s my fave).

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    1. Hi!! So awesome to see you here 🙂
      I went for a beautiful October run this morning as well. Except my “Bang” was a 6-year old German Shorthair pooch with a penchant for squirrels.
      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. I hope you had a great run!

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