Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Appreciation

There is a quiet beauty as early morning mist clings to the meadow.


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It is a time to acknowledge our blessings and an opportunity to spend time with friends and family.

I have been pondering how to write this Thanksgiving post for a several days. I could give you a long list of all that I am thankful for but I wanted to try and condense it into a single word.

Peace.

That’s not to say my life is one serene moment after another, with never a frazzled balance between work, home and garden. The endless remodeling projects both inside and out certainly take their toll as I battle drywall dust on the piano and enough dog fur floating daily on the floor to knit several sweaters.


Yet as I sit typing this on a misty morning, I can look out of the window to our meadow, backed with the glowing yellow leaves of cottonwoods set against a backdrop of towering Western red cedar and Douglas fir. Our favorite western hemlock stands majestically in the foreground and an old snag, a favorite perch of red tailed kites and other birds of prey stands sentinel as though guarding the entrance to wilder areas beyond.

Seasonal ponds become places of beauty when highlighted by
a dusting of snow.

A seasonal pond is beginning to fill once more with the fall rains, the wetland reeds partially immersed providing habitat for our tiny Pacific tree frogs and salamanders.
No human sounds break the spell.  Rather we can only hear early morning birdsong, the distant crowing of a rooster and gentle bleating from a neighbor’s sheep.

I stand still and breathe deeply. This is what we sought when we moved here. A sense of space. Natural beauty that is ever changing yet always delights us. This land draws us home. We are so incredibly blessed to be able to experience

peace.

8 comments:

  1. Karen, what a beautiful landscape to be able to call home--I can almost feel the quiet of that misty morning. I've read this post three times now from sheer enjoyment of the words and photos. Enjoy the peace of the land, and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!

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  2. Stacy - that is so kind! I'm delighted that I managed to convey both the atmosphere and my own experience.

    When people visit for the first time they of course want to know why we moved here. And then they get out of the car - and understand.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you also.

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  3. Karen!
    This is a WONDERFUL piece of writing, and the photos perfectly depict the word 'peace'. A good reminder for me to slow down and appreciate what is around me. Thanks friend!
    Alyson
    PS ~The 'fur sweater' bit made me smile.

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  4. Such serene scape, peaceful indeed :)

    Happy thanksgiving :)

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  5. Hi Alyson - thank you. You know all about those fur balls too............

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  6. Mark and Gaz - Happy Thanksgiving to you both too. Perhaps one of the best things about learning to appreciate nature is that I don't stress over it!

    The quiet, stillness of the land is truly a gift.

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  7. Hi Karen, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your landscape is so beautiful. My shoulders relax and I smile as I look at your photos. Nature gives so much back to us, if we will protect and nurture it.

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  8. Thanks Deb, that is exactly how these photos make me feel too. Wish you lived closer!

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