Saturday, May 21, 2011

beautiful days

 

I wish I could show you today in such a way that you could actually feel it. Photos and words can give you an image of beauty, but they often can’t speak to your senses of hearing, smell, taste, and touch unless you have prior direct experience to draw from. Especially since I’m not John Keats.

But if you’ve ever smelled warm May air, heavy with the scents of lilac and tulip and fresh-cut grass…

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… and if you’ve ever seen billowy clouds crawl slothfully across a hazy blue sky…

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… and ever heard the springtime silence, broken only by the rustling of new leaves and the buzzing of bumblebees…

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… then you should be able to imagine this beautiful Goldendale day very well. :)

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I’m linking this next photo to Carlotta’s photo challenge. Her theme is green… my favorite!

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I admit that I should have been doing something more productive than creating mist-storms and photographing the results this afternoon. Something like homework, or preparing the presentation I have to do… tomorrow. (I’m not usually much of a procrastinator… but this one got away from me.)

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But beautiful days are not for homework, in my opinion.

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They’re for drinking up the sunshine, consuming the beauty, seeking the glorious little details, breathing the warmth after a long, cold, wet winter.

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It probably isn’t wise, but sometimes I let days like this erase all the other worries and stresses from my mind for a couple of hours, while I cram my memory card with hundreds of pictures.

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But chances are, tonight’s homework and tomorrow’s presentation probably won’t have a very high standing in my memory a year from now, or even next week, for all I know. Tranquility is a wonderful thing, and goodness knows it’s hard enough to come by (especially for me!), so enjoy it while it lasts, eh?

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How great is our God.

23 comments:

  1. Wow this pictures are absolutely amazing! I'm definitely a new follower :)

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous photographs! I love your photography style and I am so jealous of the scenery where you live...:) Came across your blog through Katie Lloyd's, count me as your newest follower!

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  3. OH, these are beautiful. I never thought to take pictures of dewy dandelions -- I think those are my favorite. :)

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  4. Your photos are absolutely incredible!

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  5. So glad I stopped by; enjoyed looking at your wonderful pictures. Joining you at Katie's today.

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  6. WOW. Your pictures are stunning... You just got yet another follower :D

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  7. Thank you for sharing yoru beautiful day! I could smell it.. Your photos ROCKED it! and love the verse.

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  8. Wow! Your beautiful day looks amazing!!! Great verse, too!

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  9. Oh that last photo with scripture is so beautiful along with all of your others. I love your photography style and your prose is very similar to the writing style that I use.

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  10. Sounds like a perfect spring day! What lense were you using?

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  11. Your photos are beautiful!

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  12. Beautiful collection!!! I like every single photo...and the verse, too. I'm your newest follower. :)

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  14. Great job on these, love the rainbow shot.

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  15. These are all so beautiful!

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  16. @Rachel: I used my 55-200mm f/4.5 telephoto lens. :) I'm so glad you all enjoyed them!

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  17. Beautiful photos! I love the rainbow shot -- absolutely stunning.

    Have a lovely day!
    --Hannah

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  18. Oh gosh, Hallie Jo, you are an amazing photographer! Great job!(:

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  19. Wow! You live in a beautiful place, and you take such wonderful pictures! :)

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  20. Wow, these are amazing! I love the dandelion.

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  21. Love the rainbow. Love the water droplets. Love the purple flowers and the dandelions and the tulips. Love the clooouudsss! Basically each and every one of these photos is spectacular. Great shots! =)

    ~Jenn

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