I walked the couple blocks down to the creek on Sunday afternoon. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen the sun. The clouds drifted in and out, and my mood started to lift. Since we’ve moved here, this has been my place for soothing my soul. Walking through the gate that separates our neighborhood from the trail and creek, I was greeted by the cacophony of birds up in the old leafless oak trees that line the creek banks; that wonderful sound of what seemed like hundreds of birds reveling in the sun that kept breaking through the clouds. I looked up to see a black crow, wings spread, gliding above the branches. And the creek, filled with water for probably the first time in years, gurgling along, side-stepping rocks and reeds in some places, and running smooth in others.
I walked along the trail for some thirty minutes, and as I headed back to the gate I realized that the birds were quiet. Had the rucus they were raising when I arrived been a greeting to me telling me they were happy to see me again after a lapse in visits? I like to think so.
Photos taken with an iPhone 6Plus for this mobile photography challenge presented by Lens and Pens by Sally.
Seeing life in black and white.
Today’s mobile photography challenge is sponsored by Sally at Lens and Pens by Sally
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin”. ~Mother Teresa
I leave the year 2015 without the man who was my husband, and enter a new year in search of my path. That we have only today has never been so strongly embossed on my mind as it has been in the months preceding A’s death on 20 December. Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in June of this year, we knew the clock was ticking. Time? We stopped knowing what that meant, stopped looking at clocks and watches and dove into the days as they came, into each moment we were given.
Let us begin the new year going forward with love, for that is all that matters.
Lens and Pens by Sally posts today for the mobile photography challenge, and includes a timely quote by the Buddha: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”.
Photo edited in Waterlogue and PicMonkey.
Gifts from the beach. The first photo is a quarter of a sand dollar left by someone on a fence post leading up from the beach. To see the detail inside the dollar in macro takes my breath away; such intricate weaving created by the hands of the sea. How is this possible I wonder, this beauty, created by a universe beyond our knowing.
The second photo is of a sand dollar on the beach, cracked open by the waves, I think. I could spend days and days looking for these treasures. And meditating on the gifts that we are so freely given.
For more entries in the macro challenge, click here.
A most intriguing piece of driftwood found on a beach on the Sonoma coast here in Northern California. I look at this often, and wonder who the writer is. I left it there for others to read, fighting the impulse to bring it home with me. This photo will suffice to remind me that we are the sea, and we are the sun. I truly hope it was taken out by the tide again, to deliver its message on another beach, and then another and another.
The challenge set forth by Sally D is for nature today, and please take time to read the narrative on her post today here; her thoughts on man and nature are insightful.
Photo taken with an iPhone 6Plus and edited in Snapseed and Mextures.
Walking the beach a couple of weeks ago I came upon these fascinating imprints in the sand; there were multiple. I’m just guessing they are from seaweed that was brought in with the tide, then pulled out again. If someone knows what they are from, I’d love to know. In the meantime, I’m just once again in awe of nature and the wonderful mystery that it can be.
For more on today’s mobile photography challenge on nature, visit Sally’s blog here.