Posts Tagged patience
I know of no other way to perfection but love. ~ St. Therese Of Lisieux
It’s moving day. I am taking the leap today, moving this blog over to my new website. I’m in the thick of designing a space that combines my new passion for photography along with my paintings and other aspects of my creative life. It’s not done and I’m not ready, my perfectionist tendencies have turned what I thought might be a 3 week project into 3 months of fussing.
The new site is not perfect, but I love where it’s going and I look forward to your feedback. You have helped shape this blog. I’m grateful that you find time to stop in and visit and I hope you join me at my new cyber home. The new blog/website will continue to have random posts that blend of my photography & thoughts in hopes of evoking something new in me or you.
Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I headed out for a hike a few days ago, it was cold, snow flurries here and there and I forgot my walking shoes, my toes were getting numb in my flimsy fashionable boots. I thought I do a short little walk, but I just can’t help it, I wander. I get lost taking photos and spend so much time immersed in the magic of being outside. An hour can feel like 5 minutes. In my state of wonder, I was so surprised to stumble upon this purple flower blooming!? Maybe it only blooms when its cold and wet and gray?
And then a moth flew by full of energy, I have not seen a moth or butterfly in weeks, this little guy was full of energy flitting all about like it was the middle of the summer. I was wandering in circles waiting for it to land, it was worth the wait. I love the wings they look like a warm woven poncho with soft fringe.
Each day I hike I keep finding something new to see, to learn, to share… mother nature keeps reminding me that miracles happen all the time.
Have a beauty ✻ filled week.
P.S. I also stumble on this netflix find in the instant queue, have you seen Rivers and Tides? Andy Goldsworthy is an amazing artist working with time. He goes outside day after dreary day and co -creates with nature. I’m so inspired by his work, his focus, his desire to make something beautiful.
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~ John Lubbock
my dog, sunny, is 13 and is showing his age day by day, we walk much slower now… yesterday’s hike was perfect
i fell in love with these old telephone poles… i adore the random sizes and the fact that they don’t go in a straight line
it was raining yellow leaves all afternoon
it is so hard to capture a leaf falling, this is my best attempt so far… i’ll get a better shot one of these days
we sat by the banks and watched the leaves fall in the water and drift down the river
sunrise thought about a swim… just thought about it
i was mesmerized by the lacey leaf patterns reflecting on the surface
it took a while to catch just the right shadow shot as the leaves drifted by, but it was one of those afternoons that it did not matter how long it took to do anything in particular
it was a magical day
it’s been one of the most beauty ✻ filled falls i’ve ever seen, i wish is would last for so much longer ♥
what do you wish would last longer?
Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
When I wander in the woods on sunny days I’m often entranced by the dappled sunlight that dances around. It lures me over to a tiny twig, feathery grasses or miniature flowers that are catching just the right light. Each delicate strand shines bright like string of christmas tree lights calling me over…
I would love to find this while wandering in the woods ♥
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. ~ C.S. Lewis
Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain. ~ Doug Coupland
i spotted a bird… he spotted me
he sized me up and down, i did the same…
each time i got too close he wandered forward… considered flying…
then decided staying by the pond was much more important than being bothered by me
he was hungry for lunch, i was hungry for a photo of this
beautiful lanky fluffy white bird i’d never seen before
again i got too close
so he trotted past a few mallards who squawked at his trespassing
he thought he lost me behind the wall, but i found him crouching in the corner
he spotted me again… cruised up the hill
shook off his frustration
and finally he just stopped playing our game
and patiently waited for me to leave him alone to search for his lunch in peace
This post has been entered in Jillsy Girl’s Water Challenge
Take a moment to hop over and get a little wet 🙂
So far this spring 100’s of birds have migrated into my new neighborhood. I keep finding myself draw outside to see if I can get a good shot. I’ve spent so much time sitting on the ground waiting for a bird to turn its head to just the right angle or catch just the right light… I sometimes need to slowly stand up and perhaps shuffle quietly without spooking my quarry… then I have to breathe deep and slow to make sure I am as still as possible when my lens is fully extended. I’ve even begun to feel my arms getting tired and cramped as I hold my arms up for so long, hoping my prey does not fly away as I compose my shot. Who knew birding would be such a workout!
(Click on any of the above shots to see a larger version)
When I get back inside… I head to the computer anxious to see which of my shots might be worth saving and sharing. It’s like Christmas when I click on the ones that have some kind of mood or magic happening.
This couple has been courting on my deck for a week, it is so fun to watch the dance the male does. I’ve yet to capture it, but I’ll keep at it.
As I learn to be patient with the birds. I’ve noticed that any bird, no matter how common, can have extraordinary beauty.
What has your patience rewarded you with lately?