I was sitting on my deck recently watching the hummingbirds fighting for a spot at the feeder when I noticed this beautiful Swallowtail feasting on my zinnias. I got my camera and patiently waited for the butterfly to land. After several blurred photos I finally got one. Looking at the image I appreciate the beauty of nature even more. Man cannot create this delicate wonder. As summer comes to an end and flowers begin to fade, take a moment to enjoy the colors, sounds and smells of nature as she transitions into the warm colors of fall.
We are sometimes sooo smart. We booked a later flight and got a late checkout so we could take our time. We just got back from touring Temple Square. We learned that there were three main buildings, the Temple that is off limits to non Mormons. Then there is the tabernacle where the music is, and there is the church where all can worship. We were guided by two sweet “sisters”. One from Taiwan and the other from Tahiti. They were here serving for eighteen months. It’s freezing here this morning and we understand Nashville has rough storms. Heading home anyway. Ready to see the families and get back to our daily routines….until the next adventure. Until then Thelma and Louise are signing off. Hope you enjoyed our adventure.
Thought you might enjoy the cluster of flowers that caught my attention yesterday. And might I add that I love my iPhone. Not only does it have an app to clock my mileage as I walk, it has an awesome camera! That’s so nice for me because I carry a camera almost everywhere I go and now I can take some great photos without my big Canon camera weighing me down. Makes for some good spontaneous shots! If you have a phone with a camera, try using it when you see something that captures your attention. It’s a moment frozen in time. It costs you nothing because it is digital. It is yours to share or to view in private. Oh how I love the 21st century!
Go out and enjoy the beauty of the world!
It is autumn in Tennessee. Beautiful, crisp, cool, autumn is truly breathtaking. The trees of the fall here are bathed in the hot, sensuous, fire like colors of red, orange and gold. Their fiery energy dominates the landscape on a cold autumn morning. My attention today however, was drawn to this beautiful patch of flowers. What color are they anyway? Pink, fuchsia, pepto bismol pink? They were absolutely gorgeous and quit refreshing in a park full of red and gold. Sometimes it’s good to be different and to stand out in a crowd. Listen to your own voice. Be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you how you should be, look, or act. Sometimes you just gotta be pink in a sea of gold!
It is important each day to know who you are and where you are! The year 2012 is one of spiritual growth and change. Our lives are filled with “missions” every day! We must go to work, take kids to school and soccer practices, care for elderly family members and solve the problems of the entire universe! We feel guilty if we take a few moments to breathe. I am realizing more and more as I approach my 61st year, that I need some time for me. Every day I walk, rain or shine. Being in nature pulls me closer to Mother Earth and I find myself lost in time.
I know that I am not alone. When I see the intricate web of a spider it reminds me that I am just a tiny piece of silk in the vast universe of life. When I smell the leaves and the grass I remember places from long ago and I smile. I am connected! I am grounded!
Just wanted to give you a few more photos to enjoy.
The field of wheat was taken behind Loftus Hall before our tour. There are a couple more at Hook Lighthouse and surrounding coast. As they say, “this picture just doesn’t do it justice! The crest on the back of the boat says “kiss my ass” in Gaelic, don’t know if you can see the little leprechaun bottom!
Good Sunday morning to all. Recently I have been reading about “iPhoneography.” I found it to be very interesting and exciting. As a photographer, I remember a time not too long ago, when I swore I would never give up my Canon FTB film camera. Wrong! Then there was a time that I would not give up my Canon D60 digital for a smaller point and shoot. Wrong again! then I got an iPhone and wow, what a handy tool! I carry my phone everywhere. I read an ebook by Dan Burkholder, photographer, and he has done some amazing photos with his phone. His app suggestions further enhance this photographic experience.
There are thousands of apps for the phone and the iPad. You can spend hours getting lost in the beautiful world of photography! I just got the iPhone 4s, and the camera is even better. I will be posting some of the new photos soon.
Today’s photo is Queen Ann’s Lace, from Shelby Bottoms, a beautiful nature area and walking trail next to the Cumberland River in Nashville TN. I walk there every day. It only takes a minute to stop and really look at what is all around you. Beauty is everywhere.