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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The World In Which We Live....

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

It is no secret that Sugar Bear and I love to go on nature walks. We often set out along our road to burn off some energy, and see what is new. There are mud puddles, animals, hills, and lots and lots and lots of fun. Even though we have walked this journey time and time two are ever alike. Somehow we always seem to have an unique experience.

I am always prepared to take lots of photographs of my Sugar enjoying the outdoors. These types of photos will never bore me. I find them so incredibly meaningful. There is NOTHING like capturing that moment of discovery.

There is just something about being out of doors, that fosters a real sense of freedom.

In the last month, I have tried to really take these moments a step further. I have made a conscience effort to open MY eyes even further. To do this, I ask Sugar as we go along, "Honey, what do you see?" or "Tell me something you see that makes you happy!" It is so fascinating to hear her describe things that I have taken for granted for such a long time. In fact, the experience has opened my heart right along with my eyes. It has been an unexpected, yet completely cherished outcome.

There are clouds that remind us of big fluffy balls of cotton highlighted against a sky that is our favorite shades of blue.

Puddles of water have been nothing but a nuisance in my life for as long as I can remember. Through my daughter, I have rediscovered their enticing qualities. If given a proper chance, they reflect all things beautiful.

The unending lure of animals and insects, never ceases to amaze me. Despite our BAD EXPERIENCE with tufted Caterpillars, I could not resist letting Sugar Bear enjoy a little one-on-one exploration with this cute little guy. From my extensive reading on the subject, I was fairly certain he would be safe....and he was.

There is an unending source of varied textures in nature. Each has a beauty of it's own. An old wooden power pole left to rot, finds itself breaking apart in cubic chunks.

The soft, green moss growing along the base of a tree, allows long, thin shoots of grass to penetrate it's turf. The seeds of the pinecone scatter promises of forests to come.

I've been led to notice the patterned lines of a tire track in the warm brown mud. To a young child, obsessed with shapes, this is a true treasure to behold.

Taken a step further, I am reminded of a journey. The tracks seem to add a sense of movement on an ever static road.

Adding a Sugar Bear leads my heart to beat faster imagining the long journey ahead of her. She walks with determination....and I'll know she'll get there.

The possibilities are endless. Each and every step along the way leads us to another moment of beauty. We never tired of it's offerings. Sharing it with each other is a true blessing.

Sugar Bear is my ray of light...

and I am hers!

It just doens't get any better than this! LIFE IS GOOD!

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. ~Rachel Carson


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Beth Cotell said...

Awwww, what a sweet post! And I'm sure she would pick you.

I love the caterpillar picture and I love the grimy fingernails - sure sign of a great nature walk!

Michele said...

The fresh air, what a way to wake up the soul. Beautiful pictures once more Corey. Always a pleasure to drop by!

Lindy said...

Looks like Sugar was having a great time with the fuzzy creepy crawlies!! I probably would have run off screaming! As always fab photos! Are you getting loads of Spring photos???

Berleen said...

amazing pictures, as always!

tommie said...

I love those caterpillar ones! Of course the rest are awesome. I love the way you see things thorough the viewfinder!

We try to out outside every day. The kids call it "getting some sunshine".

Misty said...

truly beautiful photos! really! Now I want to come nature walking with you! (but honestly I know exactly what you mean. The sheer miracle of all of it!)

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Sweet friend, I'd do most anything to have just the talent you have in your cute little pinky finger. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration.

(PS - do you think you will ever post your settings with your pics? I know it's such a pain, but I'd so love to learn more from you. Or maybe just start a real website with tips for photogs just starting out. Your cloud pics are amazing. I can never get my sky pics to turn out.)

Unknown said...

What a lovely post!!
I love the way that kids see the world, and I must admit that taking photos EVERY day has made me open my eyes more too!

david mcmahon said...

Just like you, I believe there is beauty everywhere. When my kids were little, I would go for walks with them every day and ``show them something beautiful''.

Jo Beaufoix said...

I love this Corey. Your posts always leave me feeling good and happy. I'm so glad to know you. x

holly said...

these shots, AS PER USUAL, totally rock.

your photos and my photos are not allowed to be together. your photos are the queen and my photos are more like the dude who serves tacos at taco bell.

yes, THAT different.

nice. love the clouds, love sugar bear.

and now i loves me some sleep.


Cath said...

She will! She will! Corey she will pick you because you invest so much in her. You really are a fantastic mum, and the photos you post are just incredible.

I echo Holly - my photos and your photos are just not allowed to be together!

The Egel Nest said...

Can I pick you?? That was awesome!

Inspiring and lovely :)

The Egel Nest

PS I apologize for my absentee blog visitation...the beautiful wife just got back into town tonight...and it was very busy in the nest!

Amy said...

These are beautiful. Thanks for the reminder - to not forget life's little miracles. =)

Carolyn said...

Excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent. Was that enough excellents? I loved this post. Too many things to comment on. I loved it all. Must go to bed. Did I already say I loved this? Thanks.

Merisi said...

I agree,
yes to everything you say!

I came here today thanks to David's Post of the Day!

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful, Corey! I adore these lovely little glimpses of your day :)

Deb said...

How very beautiful - both the photos and the words as well. You can truly bring a moment or experience to life. :)

Anonymous said...

These pics are great, but I have to say I LOVE those boots! <3

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