Faith in Green

Walking around the yard today, I saw paperwhites and jonquils blooming, grass flowers and tree flowers, and tree buds of all kinds making their presence known.

Some little leaves are popping out here and there but I always look forward to the rich green, thick, scented, and full of texture leaves on our fig tree.

It won’t be long before I am photographing you again, lovely fig tree!!

Finding Joy

This photo is from a few years back. It crossed my mind after hearing that our forecast is calling for lots of rain this week.

The mom in this photo brought her little girl from a nearby home to splash around in the flood water of Lake Bistineau.

When I took the photo, I immediately loved it because it is a reminder to me that even when situations appear bad, there is always hope and joy to be found in the simple things.

Like My New Outfit?

Since I began taking nature photos, I have considered myself a “purist” of sorts. I don’t prefer to modify my photos, keeping them the way they were taken.

Rarely, I sample some photo programs and the photo above is one of them. I was impressed and kept it. A few days ago I came across it and it occured to me that putting a different look on a photo is akin to me simply putting on a new outfit. The original me is still there, just stylin’ a different way. See……

Outfits can be changed for any occasion but as long as the original can be enjoyed unchanged, I am OK with that. You may see more designer looks from me in the future!

Friends All Around

I like to think I am observant when I am photographing Nature. Here in Louisiana there are plenty of things to watch for too, like gators, tarantulas, poisonous snakes, and unlimited swarms of mosquitos 😁

The scene in this photo captured my attention because it didn’t take long to notice a whole family of little creatures sitting among these cypress roots and knees. Meerkats, gophers, a racoon, and several others revealed themselves.

This photo reminds me that I don’t always need to watch out for the bad; sometimes simply take the time to look for friends all around. What do you see?

Precious

Those moments in your life when comfort is beyond words, where do you seek peace? What is precious enough to you that you can not only empty yourself of sorrow or anger but also fill yourself with beauty and positivity from it?

Find that place or thing because there will always come a time when you need to draw from it and you will be grateful it was there for you. Choose a constant in your life so it can never fail you, and you will always find your way back to balance.

My special place and time has always been sunrise over Lake Bistineau where I live, and I plan to be there waiting tomorrow morning. Much needed with much gratitude.

Waking Up

While a few parts of North Louisiana are waking up, overall it still looks like Winter is here. Maybe Mother Nature knows something we don’t know. The sun sure did make a nice, warm glow this afternoon. Hundreds of chorus frogs are singing in the rain-filled ditches. A nearby great egret was soaking up afternoon sunshine.

This warmer weather makes it more pleasant to get out and do things and to tolerate a few more weeks of Winter. Thanks Mamma N; I trust you know what you’re doing.

Waiting For Summer Sweetness

Egrets are waiting. I am waiting. Everyone is trying to be patient as Spring takes its time to return. Another few days in the upper 60’s sure has seemed to put it in motion.

“Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.” –Jean Jacques-Rousseau

Waiting for summer sweetness, but I won’t complain about our recent mild days.

Lessons From Buddy

Buddy wandered onto our back porch one hot summer day, a sack of fur and bones. We took care of him and he became one of the family. He was generally a happy-go-lucky dog, but there were moments when he looked deeply sad, and as if he wanted so badly to speak words. I always ran to get the camera at those times. They seemed crucial and his look spoke volumes to me. I especially liked how I could always see myself reflected in those big, deep eyes and I know we made a soul connection at those times.

One day Buddy disappeared as suddenly as he showed up. I am glad for the wonderful months we had with him.

When I look at those eyes it makes me wonder about the humans in our lives. Do we treat them with compassion? Do we notice when they have something to say or need a hug? Do we see ourselves reflected in them? If so, love exists, and that’s the real goal, right?