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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wonder-filled World
I love that Amy chose Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” for this week’s challenge theme! That was the key quote I chose as my response to the “Happiness Is…” challenge that Lens-Artists posted back in December of 2018. Here’s the link to that post: https://scillagrace.com/2018/12/01/lens-artists-photo-challenge-happiness-is/
Of course, there are always new opportunities to wonder at this wide, beautiful world!
Yesterday, I hiked for the first time in the Cascades of central Oregon. Snow-capped mountain peaks and colorful wildflowers graced every scenic view. It was truly spectacular!
Iron Mountain has a volcanic plug or lava neck at its top – that’s the rocky protrusion just to the left of the peak. It was formed when lava in a vent hardened. As we climbed up to the top of that formation, we could see the porous features of the lava itself and the rust-colored iron in it. It made me wonder at how this was once an active volcano, as were the other peaks in the Cascade chain on this Pacific ring of fire.
Fire, snow, sunshine, trees…this is a world filled with wonders that shape the future and tell the past. We have so much to enjoy and so much to learn!
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. – Matthew 7:13-14
The road that leads to destruction is paved with excess, with greed and growth. Its breadth permits the accumulation of possessions. The narrow road admits only the unburdened.
Travelling the narrow road with steadfast feet and open eyes, you open yourself to the natural world around you, imposing few of your own devices on it. To learn from the path, from the trees, from the sky, is the beginning of wisdom.
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. – Henry David Thoreau
Life is a narrow path. At last, only you can get through it. – Poolu
Thank you, Amy, for this week’s challenge.
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Taking a Break
I just came home from a walk along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail to check on the photo challenge theme for this week. Our host, Tina, encourages us to slow down and focus on rest and relaxation. “Taking a Break” for me is also “Restoring My Sanity” by being out in nature.
Nothing restores me to a grounded pace as well as hiking in a natural area where the presence of people is the exception to the rule.
Look around. Breathe. Listen. Feel. Birdsong and running water do wonders for the soul.
An outdoor walk helps me take a break from sitting down at a computer screen…something I spend far too many hours at every day. And if my feet start to swell and feel hot, dipping them in a cool stream is the perfect antidote.
And if walking tires you out, you know what to do…
Taking a break is quite natural, of course. (If you can’t tell, that’s a bat sleeping in a tree).
Thanks, Tina, for reminding us to take it easy. It’s a long road, and it’s not a race.