Tuesday, February 26, 2008

There is Beauty All Around...

...If you stop and look for it. Today I found myself near a local Reservoir called Rocky Gorge and stopped to take some pictures. I didn't have my tripod, but I got a few nice shots anyway. I have always been in the habit of trying to be present wherever I am, and winter in Maryland is no exception. It is usually wet and a bit dreary, but there exists color and texture and layers of subtle beauty under the gray clouds. There are no big skies, or mountains or craggy vistas, but I love the trees and the endless variety of the landscape here. I love that you can't stop things from growing here-even in winter. The life of the land refuses to be quenched--no matter how dreary things get, you can usually find something green, or one of a million other colors. Here is winter as I've seen it for most of the last 38 years.












8 comments:

  1. Ooooo, so beautiful photos. You're such an optimist, I have a hard time with winter here.... I still like my mountains and crisp white snow

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  2. This is Jake's favorite type of weather, because it reminds him of Oregon. So for sure he finds the beauty where others have a hard time finding it. Great pics.

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  3. This eastern girl sure loves to read posts like this about the beauty of this part of the country. Thanks!

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  4. gorgeous. makes me miss lake elkhorn!

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  5. Beautiful photographs Kellie. You can feel the rain when looking at them. Well done.

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  6. very cozy. I love the beauty of every season, I've never been one to call a day ugly. though slushy dirty gray snow that you have to slog through comes verrry close!!

    bare trees are my favorite thing about winter. their fractal beauty is simply stunning.

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  7. What a way to be present in the moment! I'm afraid my favorite part of winter in Maryland is when it suddenly turns into spring all at once. So I appreciate this reminder that there is more to winter than getting through it. :) I especially like #5 & #6--the russet/gold contrasted with the gray is lovely, as are the contrasting textures.

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Thank you for sharing your insights!