i spent a wonderful lunch hour at the arboretum near my work one day last week. it was a bit nippy but the sun felt so good and i found the entire time so therapeutic. i have a bad habit of staying at my desk and letting the stress and pressure of work get to me. when i force myself to get away i feel like i find the real me, the person who can let go of all the worry and find beauty in the simplest of things. i was completely enamored with these tree tags and took a whole series of shots from different angles with varying amounts of tree and clouds.
my heart leaped with joy when i saw these wonderful shadows and reflections! i could feel the tension wash away as i walked through this area.
this overhead arbor woodwork created those delightful shadows and reflections. i could have sat and watched the clouds through this frame all afternoon.
loving how the sun made these leaves look almost transparent. funny how i feel that way at work sometimes -- like i don't exist in the brilliant mix of beautiful young talent. that's when i most need to get away with my camera and find the confident, creative me.
wouldn't it be great to sit here with a hot cup of tea, a warm blanket and a good book? no one to bother me or outshine my contributions. no competition, no deadlines -- just peaceful solitude, the warm sun and happy thoughts to keep me company.
fall makes me really think about seeds and how they are both the end of something and the beginning of a new life. i love full circle moments and seeds signify that concept to me.
this shot captured my eye as i loved the contrast between the strong grass and the soft, fragile seed fronds against the cirrus clouds. just like these seed fronds, aren't we all a little vulnerable?
i took a series of these shots as well with the chain in focus sometimes and out of focus sometimes.
this little duck so inspired me. it's as if he knew we was creating a picturesque moment for me to capture. he knew i was having a down day and he provided that little spot of beauty i so needed to see. he confirmed my belief that beauty is all around us if we only open our eyes to see.