An evening walk in the neighborhood, noticing and appreciating the beauty... Even though it was 8 PM, it was still pretty light out. I was triple-tasking -- fast walking for exercise, talking on my cell phone for community, and taking pictures with my iPod for beauty. It was an hour well spent.
I hear the birdsong, the frogs, the crickets.
I not only hear, I listen.
I not only see: I look, watch, observe, savor.
|A little closer...|
|Same tree, but now you can see |
the silhouettes of the leaves against sky.
A little different perspective: from below the canopy of leaves,
you can barely see the flowers.
|Pink crepe myrtle blossoms|
|Look more closely now.|
See the red berries? Or are they berries?
See the bud opening up in the upper right,
with triangular sepals?
See the structure of the branch, twigs, smooth green leaves?
|Another street, another crepe myrtle,|
this time with white blossoms.
Variations on a theme.
|Sand and leaves in the gutter,|
unlikely beauty in unexpected places.
It has been raining here. The water is a sculptor.
The varicolored sands are the paint.
The shape of the sand looks like India
adorned with a green and brown garland.
|Look at the delicate green|
and the frilled fringes of lichen
on a fallen tree branch...
|and a circular patch, almost flower blossom shaped, |
that I almost didn't see,
tucked away as it was on a live tree.
I was already thinking "lichens"
and so it popped out to me -
more variations on a theme.
Did you know that lichens are not just one organism,
but a symbiotic combination of fungus and algae?
The design of the natural world astounds me -
so much complexity bound up in the
seemingly simple beauty.
Shapes, colors, textures, however transient -- whether in a floating cloud, on a discarded branch, a quickly wilting blossom, or fashioned of gutter sediment -- still beautiful.
Take a walk.
Open your eyes and ears.
Join the feast of beauty.
What is in your neighborhood?
For a companion post, my skyscapes during storms and sunsets: Sunlight in Storms