I become so focused on my photography, that sometimes I forget to look up and just enjoy the moment.
The other day, I was intent on photographing this robin while I was at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens:
What appealed to me were the rich colors of the feathers on its back, as well as the distinctiveness of the white around its eye:
Yes, I can photograph robins in the backyard and I have (click here to see the momma robin outwitting me). But when I’m at the gardens, I photograph anything that appeals to me. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But I always come back with a lot of pictures even on the days I plan on only walking.
Monday’s March Joy Dare was to find a gift in wind, in water and in white. I have to be attentive to the present moment to find God’s presence in gifts as diverse as this. And I did!
Sunday, I took a long walk at the woods with dog #1. It was cool and only a moderate breeze, unlike the extreme windiness on Friday that blew grit in my face during my lunchtime walk. It was nice having the wind die back and getting some fresh air with one of my favorite puppies. And there’s the beagle going hey, hey, hey. Don’t worry, they’re all my favorites. The beagle was not happy getting left behind, but with his back and his weight, he can’t walk for very long anymore.
As I walked around the pond, a mallard drake flew in for a landing. What a marvel of engineering for that little stout body! He wasn’t flapping his wings – he shaped them into an oval and picked up speed for a straight shot to the water. The wind offered no resistance to his flight plan.
Monday was the first workday (for me) after the time change. It is so hard to get out of bed when the clock springs ahead an hour. Thankfully, I got up only 15 minutes late and I didn’t need a shower – no water needed. My hair looked fine and my exercise the day before didn’t leave me well, uh, smelly. My favorite boy toy slept soundly through my getting ready for work, so I went out by myself for breakfast since I had enough time before work.
During lunch I checked some of the blogs that I follow. Melissa, the coordinator of Six Words Friday, used last week’s word of “wish” to write that she wished spinach tasted like cupcakes. I laughed and wrote her back that I wish they did too! And shortly after lunch, some small cupcakes showed up on the file cabinet – chocolate with white frosting. I was a good girl and only had one. It was so yummy and tasted nothing like spinach. [Do I need to hold up a card that says LAUGH here?]
And the parkway trees that started turning white last week? They were even more open on Monday and I took a picture of them from my desk window.
March is Women’s History Month, making it a good month to blog about “the contributions of notable and ordinary women“. See this post for a challenge in writing about this topic. Other blogging ideas can be found by clicking on the tab, “Idea Jar“. Not sure why you’d want to use someone else’s ideas? See this post about using prompts.