Naturescapes a step outside my door!

The shade, the light.
The moon, but not night.
A crystal blue sky.
A perfect 9:50 morning sight.
I get wonderful naturescapes just a step outside my home up on the hill. A lucky lad am I!

This reminds me of Marcel Proust saying, “The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” When we look around with new appreciation, an openness of a child, we enjoy what is already around us. We can be so busy with the minutae of daily living that we miss the natural wonder of the every day.

We had an unusually warm winter, and so above we see spring in February of this year.  Another picturesque setting looking outside my living room window. This faces East.

We can also get caught up trying to capture that perfect moment and so live our lives through the narrow world of a camera lens.  Hiding behind the camera we miss living in the moment, and seeing what is beyond the capture of the lens.

To me it is about finding the right balance. Having focus is good, but one shouldn’t have it to the exclusion of not having anything else.  To balance things out I narrow my focus and leave you with a mushroom from my yard in 2009.  An example of  something simple that many of us see every year.  I like how I have captured the commonplace during an unusually long period of wet days. In the wet gray and coolness of the day I see the bright, the colorful standout.

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