Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Finding the right spot…


I took Olive out as usual the other morning.  Pugs are a rather notorious breed when it comes to finding the right spot, if you know what I mean.  Places that are worthy of her doing her business are few and far between.  And between those precious spots are plenty of places a dog has to stop to read her pee-mail and deal with other distractions.  I get a little impatient with her at times.  But it leaves me plenty of time to look around while I am waiting, waiting, waiting…

The other morning I decided to deposit Olive back in the house after her business was complete and to grab my camera and go back outside for a while.  I realized that for my own peace of mind, I had to look around for the beauty on that particular morning.
 
These days are difficult in the northeast United States.  It’s a sort of Limbo state between the end of the fall color and the first winter snowfall.  The natural world around us is dying, brown and dull.  Sometimes it can be quite a challenge to find the beauty there.
 
Having my camera in my hands made me look twice and find the rose hips with their little shock of red and the still green leaves on that particular plant.  It made me look at the light refracting through the dew drops.  It made me stop, take a deep breath and remember that no matter where we are and what we are between, we need to stop and look at the gifts of nature and appreciate what is around us.

It made me realize that I am not that much different from my pug.
  I look for my spots in places that are few and far between and stop frequently to deal with distractions
 when I should really just look more closely at what is right in front of me.

  Even in these dying, brown and dull days, there is beauty out there.






11 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

gorgeous shots, barbara! and a great reminder, as well, to look around - each day is a gift...

Ginny said...

I think there is beauty out there all the time, you just need eyes to see it. And you certainly DO!! I LOVE those gorgeous red rimmed leaves with the water drops, and the water drop with the brilliant sparkle, the beautiful leaf!!!

Judy said...

Oh wow, these are all so awesome! I really love that third shot! I'm with you I see the beauty in everything.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Your world sounds much like mine right now, Barbara. It's raining. In December. In Nebraska. That's just not done. So it's muddy and brown and ugly.

Loved your post and your photos are amazing. So great to meet you! :)

asiong32 said...

i just love the 3rd photo. id say its my favorite!

Tina´s PicStory said...

nice captured :)

karen said...

gorgeous images Barbara. I would say you managed to find some beauty.

Sandra said...

these are truly stunning photos. i love the droplets and the flowers and that red leaf is awesome.

Sandra said...

these are truly stunning photos. i love the droplets and the flowers and that red leaf is awesome.

eos550 said...

Wow! Great shots! Were they taken using macro lens? Been trying to make shots like those with my ordinary zoom lens but I can't get good captures as yours...I am also a beginner anyway.

eos550 said...

Wow! Great shots! Were they taken using macro lens? Been trying to make shots like those with my ordinary zoom lens but I can't get good captures as yours...I am also a beginner anyway.