the glory of spring
nature’s resplendent beauty
bursting with color
Spring was in full bloom on Monday at Lake Wedington. This has become my new favorite park with a nice mix of water, fields, forests, proximity, and light traffic. I must have taken over 100 photos and am still editing and deleting images. I’m so grateful that I was hiking and photographing earlier this week before our weather went crazy. Yesterday we had snow flurries and overnight temperatures of 24′ F. I had to bring my plants inside to protect them!
When I was younger, living in beautiful places like Portland, OR and Boulder, CO as well as traveling to many of the US National Parks, I became spoiled by access to grand vistas, special places, and other big wow moments. Those places are easy to find beauty and photos. Living in Arkansas has helped me learn to slow down and find the beauty in simple things and the subtle details of nature. I’ve learned to see beauty in gardens, flowers, macro details, yards, and neighborhoods. It took me years to give up the attachment to the big wows and amenities of living in Oregon and Colorado. I can’t say I love it in Arkansas, but I’ve mostly made peace with my choices. I still wonder about moving, but don’t seem to have the motivation, finances, or clarity of where to go.
Meanwhile, I appreciate where I am as best as I can.
May you find beauty where you are.