or Finding Beauty Everywhere
Despite a bit of wind, we have been having unseasonably warm weather this week with temps in the high fifties. So it seemed appropriate that we get some fresh air now in case Mother Nature decides to change her mind (as women often do) and stick us back into colder temperatures before Spring arrives.
My favorite place to explore nature (and photograph it) is the Olbrich Botanical Gardens so I called a friend of mine who lives nearby and invited her to take a walk there with us. So nice to chat with a friend while wandering through a garden and finding interesting things to photograph.
BB enjoyed having so much time to run around unrestrained, splashing in puddles, sitting in mud, exploring nature toddler style.
Nature is still pretty bleak right now. Even Olbrich Gardens had a hard time inspiring me at first with all the bare branches and browns and grays.
So I looked harder. Sometimes you have to really focus your eyes a certain way to see beauty. Whether that means looking closer at small details or turning off your own negativity and shortcomings and accepting the places and people around – embracing them and enjoying them for what they have to offer. Choosing to notice that there is beauty everywhere if you will find it.
There is beauty in the curve of her hand and the hair blowing across her face. In the tilt of her foot as she plans her next step.
There is beauty in the bursts of gold grasses dancing in the breeze, sparkling despite the cloudy skies.
There is beauty in the oranges and reds of flowers that are past their prime but were nice enough to linger for us and provide a pop of color (even if my camera refused to focus properly for them – it’s hard photographing in the wind!) on a dreary day.
There is beauty where you stop and look closer, past the seemingly ugly traits that society has taught us to notice. Past the thorns and the prickles that we put up to protect ourselves from the meanness of the world, there is beauty. You just have to look for it.
There is beauty everywhere.
(Thank you to Blackbird Family Yoga for inspiring me today)