Dec. 7, 2013 – A Walk To Remember

Although today was my day off and I finally got to enjoy our wintry weather, I have worked very hard.

I have worked hard to make sure this day is exactly right. Perfect, if you will.

See, today is one of those days that you never forget. The moment the clock strikes midnight, it settles over your mind. This presence doesn’t just linger around, but it gets comfortable. It fluffs up the pillows, shakes out the covers, and leans back to witness every part of the next twenty-four hours. And although, I want to fast forward the day, because there are other days, I would rather remember…

I just can’t.

I find myself not running away or speeding through it, but settling down too. Fluffing my pillows, kicking my feet up, and just enjoying my time with it.

So, I can remember.

And remember well, as I celebrate my wonderful treasures, and uplift them with great honor.

I thought of a million ways to get this right, but in the end. I made a video.

I hope you enjoy my day, and my walk. I hope you see the beauty in how it is lived and presented.


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My Dad died while I was blogging and it means the world to me that this blog holds what was in my heart that day (and continues to). I don’t ever want to forget them and I am so grateful to WordPress for this means to journal and share – the good stuff and the tough stuff.

God Bless you all for watching.

We are having a bit of winter here in Texas…..more on that later.

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The Little Things

This week I have been anxious – chew my nails, fidget my feet – kind of anxious. Life changes so fast. The weeks are flying by…

Am I taking it all in? Do I spend too much of my time worrying about – all the things – I might be missing or not getting done?

I want to shout, “SLOW DOWN!”

But I know that wouldn’t help….life is happening….whether I have time for it or not.

So, I take a deep breath. And I notice…..the little things.

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become part of the silence.”
– Robert Lynd

There is no over thinking. No time. Just the quiet rustle of feathers and flights.

I find when I look around in wonder, even the weeds have a fascination for me.

Pretty weeds in the heart of winter, who would have thought?

Thine eyes are springs in whose serene And silent waters heaven is seen. Their lashes are the herbs that look On their young figures in the brook. -William C Bryant

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When I stop obsessing over time management and busyness, many things become apparently clear.

The sky, the moon, the colors and designs. So many more miracles in the ebb and flow, if we just stop and listen, and let life happen as it should.

There is no stress in nature. No worries. No clock. No calendar.

It just is….and it’s perfect that way.

Don’t miss the little things. Because you might find…….they are not so little after all.

Project 52 - Week 4 - Bare Minimum

All the things that truly matter beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace arise from beyond the mind. -Eckhart Tolle

These photos were taken by a park near my house while hiking with the family. I did use some Photoshop filters for a painted effect on a few. I am experimenting with art. Some of my work will be on display at the Arlington Museum in April. I have been trying to see what I like, and what might be wall-worthy. Any, and all input is greatly appreciated.

Is it Fall? Or Winter? I’m confused.

In the last week, I did two photo shoots in the beautiful Fall colors (besides the squirrels..heh!). I couldn’t believe the rich reds that came through. So pretty!

In fact, I couldn’t wait to share my FALL portraits.

Then?

It snowed.

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Our backyard.

That’s snow people. I know it ain’t much, but we get excited when this happens. No matter how big or small. Even if it is gone by the time your teenage daughter gets up and your only proof is the iPhone 4S photo you took through the kitchen window. BUT really???? SNOW.

See???

And it got cold…..FREEZING cold….for more than one day in a row! This is serious. This is turn on your heater kind of stuff.

So is it Winter? Who knows…… I have feeling we will hit 80 again in the next week.

In the meantime, I’ll just share my Fall foliage anyway.

I took these photos last week of a beautiful Belgian Mom with her sweet daughter. They are definitely a favorite client of mine. See the entire session on my Facebook fan page Angelia’s Photography.

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Whatever season you are in…..I hope it brings you joy, laughter and as many smiles as me.

I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. -Leo F. Buscaglia

And one last thing…..photo shoots and families are not the only ones enjoying Fall. Looks like the wild animals are too.

I happened to catch a few bobcats….. More on that later.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

I know it should be more winter(ish) in our neck of the woods, but it hasn’t been…

Yet.

We finally hit the peak of our Fall season with the gorgeous harvest colors, and tons of falling leaves. Luckily, I have a great park nearby to witness this season in all its glory. I grab my puppy Fred and off with go with my camera strapped to my back.

I think of so many things when I see the gentle caress of our sublime autumn.

I think of the completeness of it.

Fall ends. Winter begins.

I think of the magic. A host of brilliant colors, with (mostly) mild temperatures, and cool breezes.

I celebrate the changing season with a most grateful heart.

Stunned by the vibrant year-end filled with sorrow, grace, and tremendous victories.

A beautiful reflection of hushed joy.

Because, really? What can you do, but be in awe of another year’s radical termination?

This is a beloved time. I enjoy it in every way possible.

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Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. -William Cullen Bryant

I’d like to thank some inspirational nature bloggers for fostering this love of our land and creatures. Thank-you to amazing wildlife photographer Phil Lanoue Photography. Because of you, I watch the birds with a new appreciation (and a I know their names). And thanks to A Window into the Woods for your wonderful squirrel photography. Suzanne gives these funny animals amazing personalities. I love how both of them make nature, not just heart-felt, but fun too.

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