Thursday, October 22, 2015

Turning Around For the Camera

We don't have the bountiful hardwood trees here with their glorious colors in fall like the northeast has. Yet... there are still beautiful colors abounding - glorious really, if you take the time to look.

And I did.  I had to do some errands the other day, and on my way down the mountain, as I drove into the little valley by the river, I was struck by the beauty of the moment.  It was the middle of the day, with high sun, and I wondered if I would be able to catch the striking colors on camera that my eyes were seeing.  Being alone, I turned around, went back home and got my camera... have you ever done that?  My husband doesn't approve of such shenanigans... but he wasn't with me, lol!  I just had a very short window of time before I had to be back home, and so these pictures were literally taken... on the fly, and within a short distance of our home.  Lucky me!


I get to drive past this beautiful scene whenever I leave home.


Most of the time I don't want to leave my home.  But when I do... it is a treat to see this view if I do have to leave!


It is a narrow winding road, and sometimes I have to remind myself that I'm driving, and to keep my eyes on the road.


And no, I didn't take these pictures while driving, lol!


Although I have been known to drive with a camera in my hand.  This picture wasn't one of those times.  :)





But with a setting like this... getting out of the car is an absolute necessity.  I just drank in the raw beauty of the moment.


Incredible contrast of weed and sky!


I need a canoe!  I just realized that.  Or a boat.  I need a boat.  That's it!  Oh that's right, we have one, a little john boat.  I just need to convince my son to take me out in it.  Teenagers always have other more important things to do than just take their mothers out in their little john boat to take some pictures.


But I wouldn't mind catching a fish or two for dinner, if that would help settle the case.


Nah.  He's not interested.  But my goodness ! Isn't this view just amazing!


As I walked along the beach, I spotted this colorful pop of color....


 ... and this very quiet bird stoically watching me.


A more perfect picture I can't imagine than this, well... maybe it's missing a fishing rod!


My soul began to sing in praise of the Creator who created such loveliness for my heart to revel in.


How great thou art!
How great thou ART!
HOW GREAT THOU ART!


Moving on... I spotted this old red barn settled in a field amongst the backdrop of pines.


The twisty, curvy road that really required my eyes on the road and not on the scenery... but!  how could you not look?


An old barn framed by an ancient sycamore tree.



We may not have reds here... but we sure do have brilliantly warm hues of yellows, orange and green!


Do you spot the cabin hidden in the trees? What a view they must enjoy!


I stopped at the nearby dam which has been made into a lovely little park with this view.  Time was running out.  I had to be quick now.


But, I didn't want to leave.... causes leaves only last a few short days, and they are falling fast!


Abundant cascades of color framing the old bridge used by the railroad.



A short walk down the path, but I couldn't walk it all.  Home was calling, and I needed to go.


Chickens needed to be fed and the family too, yet... my heart and soul were full of the feast the Lord had prepared!


Ahh!  Some reds here after all!  Just a weed, but red anyway!


Mountains in all directions... I never tire of them!


The path down to the river gently sloped away.  I didn't follow it.


Time to turn around...


Glorious!


Trees dropping their leaves quickly now... this season doesn't last long!


But... I've captured its beautiful memories for today.  Thank you Lord! A moment in time, or a few, was all I needed.  I'm glad I turned around for the camera... aren't you?


36 comments:

  1. Oh my, simply breathtaking! The trees and the lake - all of it! What a gift to see such beauty all around you. I just love the changing colors of the leaves.

    I wanted to invite you to my Christmas Craft drawing/giveaway! :-)

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    1. It is an incredible gift to live here, and enjoy the many moments of beauty to encounter! All the seasons are glorious here, even winter :) I stopped by to say hello, and realized that you have a bit of excitement on hand with the new grandbaby's imminent arrival, how exciting! Appreciate your visit today my friend :)

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  2. GORGEOUS! Love fall!

    *hugs*
    Kelley~

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    1. Hey Kelley! Been missing you, and it seems you might not be blogging any more? So sad to hear that! Appreciate you taking the time to stop by today... indeed, is there any season more glorious than fall, I think not! Have a blessed and wonderful day :)

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  3. You are indeed lucky. You live in an amazingly beautiful place.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. I thank the dear Lord every day for the glorious beauty that abounds where we live! Appreciate your visit Amalia, as always! Have a wonderful day... I'm sure you busy crafting something amazing!

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  4. YES, I am so thankful you turned around for the camera!! My, just think what you....and we...would have missed! The photos are just stunningly beautiful. I felt as if I were there walking along with you! God is such an awesome GOD, and I never tire of viewing the pages in His coloring book. I always think of that song when I am out in such glorious nature like this, and the song you spoke of "How Great Thou Art" often comes to mind, too. There is a spot on the interstate in VA when we are traveling to my dear husband's family's where I have been known to burst out into singing that song! Oh, my! The mountains just surround, and you cannot help but praise the wonderful One Who created them!!!! Thank you for sharing this loveliness with us here. You are such a dear blessing!!! Sending you much love, sweet friend. :)

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    1. Oh indeed, I echo your sentiments! The Lord has created beauty for us to enjoy, sometimes we just need to look for it! I love trying to capture the moment with my camera, but always stop and just thank Him in the moment for His creative Heart that made it for us to enjoy. Oh yes, How GREAT thou art! My heart is always full of praise when I survey the amazing creation of His. I was very glad I went back and got my camera. I should know by now not to even run a quick errand without my camera, lol! Have a blessed and wonderful day dear Cheryl! :)

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  5. Glorious views abound, and you are blessed to be a part of them. I am so glad you went back to retrieve your camera! What a day you had to bask in God's creation....His presence was felt in your photos!
    Blessings.
    Debbie
    xo

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    1. There is such a joy in my heart whenever I come upon such glorious beautiful moments such as these, because of the Lord's handiwork, and yes, His presence seems always near when His majestic creation is being enjoyed by me! Appreciate your visit today, and hope to get by to say hello to you today too :)

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  6. So beautiful...it almost doesn't seem real. I have to drive over a bridge that crossed the harbor in order to leave my neighborhood and I never, ever take that view for granted. It's been twenty years since we moved here and I am still moved by the view...

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    1. Yes, at times I have to pinch myself, because the beauty of the moment almost hurts with its wonder. Is it real? Yes, oh yes, it is real, and in the wonder of the moment, my heart feels so close to the Creator of it all. Glad you enjoyed the view with me... and glad that you have a view of your own in which to be grateful and amazed! Hope you are having a wonderful fall afternoon :)

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  7. What beautiful photos! I would love to take a walk along that trail. Thanks for sharing. What a glorious day!

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    1. And I would love to walk it with you! Glad that you came along for the trip through the "eyes" of my camera.. isn't the beauty of the Lord amazing! He never ceases to amaze me with the wonder of this world He created for us to enjoy. May the Lord bless your day, dear Anne!

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  8. very pretty!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the moment through the "eyes" of my camera! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping to comment :)

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  9. You live in a beautiful area! Your photos are amazing and I love the calm lake with the pretty fall reflections. I think the photo with the old canoe is my favourite but I also like the one of the mountains looking so blue near the end. Thank you for visiting me and your kind comment. Have a blessed weekend.
    Pamela

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    1. Oh, we do live in an amazing area, and how thankful I am to live here... but you live in an incredible area too... oh how I love dear New Brunswick, and your pictures showcase the beauty of that area in an amazing way! I look forward to keeping up with your blog and hearing about your adventures with your camera... God bless, and have a wonderful fall weekend!

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  10. Oh, your photos are spectacular! What a lovely spot..you are truly blessed! Thank you so much for sharing your little "adventure" with us!
    Sweet blessings,
    Laura

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    1. So glad that you got to enjoy the beauty of the moment through the "eyes" of my camera! Such joy there is abounding all around us, finding the time to stop and enjoy it is a little more challenging sometimes, but it is a blessing when you do :) Appreciate your visit today! Have a blessed and wonderful afternoon :)

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  11. Glorious! What breathtaking views and stunning colors in nature. How I envy this abundant fall scenery!! Thank you for sharing~
    Joanne @ Sea Glass Cottage

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    1. It is an incredible scene that I never cease to enjoy whenever I pass by, for sure! So glad that you got to enjoy the view through the "eyes" of my camera. Appreciate your visit today, and look forward to getting to know you better through your blog :)

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  12. Glorious! What breathtaking views and stunning colors in nature. How I envy this abundant fall scenery!! Thank you for sharing~
    Joanne @ Sea Glass Cottage

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    1. Thank you Joanne! We are truly blessed here with some pretty incredible scenery. Thanks so much for your visit and hope you are having a lovely day :)

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  13. Breathtaking! And yes, I'm glad you turned around for your camera. One of my favorite photos that we snapped last week in New England had a reflection of the trees in the water. Your photo was so similar. Yes, there is the brilliant reds that they have, but glorious just the same! I too never tire of our Utah mountains. God has certainly provided us with such beauty to fill our heart and soul!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Certainly the handiwork of the Lord is amazing wherever you live, it is just taking time to stop and enjoy it, I think! Although I am pretty partial to our little "piece of heaven" here {smile}. I have never been to Utah, but someday hope to! Thanks for your visit Jann :)

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  14. What a beautiful area you are blessed to live in! Love all your colors; I miss the bright reds and purples of northern Ca., but have grown to love the golden Aspens.
    Thank you for taking us with you today-you've got a great eye for His creation.
    Hugs, Noreen

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    1. I believe we can find beauty in God's creation no matter where we live, even though I tend to be a bit partial to our little "piece of heaven" here {smile}. Thankful for you visit, and appreciate your time to leave a comment, much appreciated! Hoping you have a blessed and lovely day :)

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  15. Wow! You have some amazing views! I can see why you went back for the camera!

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    1. I was worried because of the time of day that the bright colors would wash out in the sunlight, but thankfully, I was able to work around the bright light and use it to my advantage. I am so glad I went back for the camera too! :)

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  16. Wow, what stunning photos. You have managed to captured nature in all its glory. Such spectacular landscape and nature.

    Once in a while, we must stop to admire all the beauty that surrounds us. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments! It was a glorious few moments for sure! I'm kind of partial to our little area here, but know that the beauty of God's creation can be found anywhere, you just have to look for it :) Appreciate your visit here so much, and praying you have a blessed day :)

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  17. I just want to let you know that the giveaway is actually back on. My visit will be in December. Hope to see you there!

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    1. Ok, sounds great! I will hop on over and say hello, and participate in your giveaway - I can always use more stamping supplies :) Thanks for letting me know, and for taking the time to stop by for a visit :)

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  18. So beautiful. The deep golds against the dark greens and glorious blues.. Your photos are stunning. My absolute favorite is #14. The close up of that blue canoe is a fabulous composition. It's like a painting. That's one to frame and hang! What a lovely time you had on your day out! xo

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I appreciate your thoughts on the pictures, I was pretty amazed myself at being able to capture the glorious colors because of the bright sunlight that usually washes some colors out. It was a precious moment in time, and I'm truly glad I went back for the camera! Today - it is overcast, rainy, and drippy - not much chance likely any longer for those kinds of pictures, although I did capture some amazing fog pictures this past weekend. Thanks again for your visit, I always appreciate your input! Have a blessed day :)

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