March 11, 2015

2015-03-11Who can resist these?  They are the petals of the hyacinth I purchased for $3 at the local grocery store.  They smell  great, too–and they last for quite a while, too!

Beauty noticed, but truly, beauty sensed and appreciated for probably 10-14 days!

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March 9, 2015

2015-03-09I think I drive around my town without really seeing it.  Today, I looked around more. Maybe it was because I knew I had to find something of beauty, and maybe I really thought perhaps yesterday’s photo was kind of lame.  Really, I just sort of stumbled upon it, I didn’t perhaps spend as much time fully “appreciating” the beauty…

So I stopped at the Commons in downtown Brattleboro today, and I took this shot.  It was cold, and I was in a hurry, so I admit I didn’t even get out of my vehicle.

But look what’s there:  this lovely winter scene.  Just waiting to be noticed!

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March 8, 2015

2015-03-08Today I was running everywhere.  Work deadlines.  Civic obligations.  Kids’ school responsibilities.

It was just one of those days like all of us have.

But then I stopped.  I saw this view of the church near my daughter’s school, set against this blue, blue sky today.  I took a couple of quick shots with my cell phone (like almost all these photos are).  “Beauty noted!” I said to myself.

And then, I continued to run.

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March 7, 2015

2015-03-07“Look up!”  This is what I learned when I lived in Spain, as a college exchange student.  I was always, continually, completely and totally… lost.  I have no sense of direction, and Sevilla is full of curvy streets that lose even the best navigators.

Today I was cross country skiing with a friend who has seen my posts of “Beauty of the Day” on my personal Facebook page.  But she wondered why I was doing this?  Was it just a photography project, she asked?

I explained to her about Spain, and my life there.  I told her how I really knew nothing about the langua2015-03-07cge when I arrived, and how the mother of the family made fun of me for it.  I explained how I spent far too much time searching for markings on the walls of the buildings, usually graffiti that was spray painted on in a haphazard fashion… or looking down, avoiding trash and dog droppings, making sure that I didn’t twist an ankle on the way to class on the uneven cobble stoned streets. I had very little money to spend, and I missed my family terribly.  Although I was very determined that I’d never return home early, especially after my family had sacrificed for me to be able to go, my mood often matched the depressing streets I stared at.

One day–I don’t remember why–I finally looked up.  2015-03-07b+The sky was a gorgeous shade of blue.  And the giralda–a golden-colored statue that soars on the highest church tower there–glittered and shown.  It was beautiful!

From that point on, whenever I find myself dwelling too long on the negatives, I remind myself to “look up”.  Literally.  Figuratively.  Physically.

It always works, too.



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March 6, 2015

2015-03-06Yesterday the sunrise; today the moon rising up at night.  I should look at the moon more often, I think.  It had a great glow to it, and it set off the outlines of the tree branches as well.  Quite striking.

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March 3, 2015

2015-03-03It’s another cold, stark day here in southern Vermont.  I don’t know if this photo is all that “beautiful”, to be honest.  It won “beauty of the day” because it matches the day.

I have a friend who loves the starkness, with her favorite month of the year being November.  I tell her, very honestly, that I’m very glad to have her in my life.  If it weren’t for her, I would not be trying to find the beauty in the trees’ shape and the harsh outlines made against the sky.

But she’s right:  there is a certain feeling that this starkness evokes, a certain cleansing…. even if I do find myself more and more impatient to see the green hills again!

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March 2, 2015

2015-03-02aToday seemed like two different days when I looked two different directions.  I couldn’t help but to post both of them as “beauty of the day” for today–just because they were so diverse! 2015-03-02-b

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