Bringing a camera along on a mountain hike can be a double-edged sword. For me, the day will either be a 1). focused hike up a rocky, mountain trail with a breathtaking vista at an alpine lake as my reward and I may or may not remember to take a picture at the top, or 2.) a photographic safari that requires stopping every five feet along the trail to get low to the ground to notice something unusual at point blank range with the lens of my camera. They are both great reasons to get up into the mountains, to be sure. But I can’t do both at the same time. So yesterday, I went point blank hiking.
It is still on this eve of a coming new year.
So before all the revelry and parties draw near,
Before champagne toasts, funny hats and good cheer,
Before to-do lists are written and resolutions are signed,
Before ringing out the old with an Auld Lang Syne,
Take time to think of all that is dear,
For now is the quiet before a new year.
In this quiet, I am taking time to reflect on the past year. Celebrating the successes, getting over the hurts, and remembering the little things that made me smile. Snowflakes falling off branches and making angels in the snow. A game of hide-and-go-seek when you think you’e too old.
How to find beauty in everyday items of life is sometimes all that I need to know.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!