The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week invited bloggers to “fill the frame” (here)
For my entry, I have more photos from Alabama. First, this flower from a rest area:
Let’s fill the frame as Patti suggested:
An employee saw me taking a photo of that first flower. She went out of her way to come over and tell us about a butterfly garden in the back of the rest area. I guess one of the employees is a bit of a gardener and he has used his green thumb to create a butterfly garden.
Also had an insight to share — when I was inspired at the butterfly garden.
As we age, we might not get the former spark that used to come from “new experiences” – some of us might have the “been there and done that” vibe. However, what takes its place can be a deeper sense of awe for the experiences that do come our way. That is what it felt like for me. I was slightly overwhelmed for a moment. No tears – and not more than ten or fifteen minutes – but stirred and it was a gift from God.
At the butterfly garden was an appreciation for:
- the kind lady went out of her way to reach out to me – to show me something she thought I would appreciate.
- Butterflies whizzing by – almost landing on me.
- Feeling butterflies uninhibited – thriving in their habitat.Refreshing color and energy.
- May we all continue to find depth of appreciation as we age. Especially if humdrum surfaces.
Let’s all stay open for times to give – and receive – a nice refreshing spark. And you know – now that I am here creating this post – I realized that many of us do this with our blogs. We reach out to others – we connect through posts – and share parts of our lives…. sharing sparks.
PEOPLE SHOTS FROM ALABAMA
Looking Up in Alabama:
Isn’t the light nice here? And the lines? And see that Alabama flag? Well… the insight I had in Alabama reminded me that THE WAY we “fill our frame” changes as we get older. I found that- when I had the “been there, done that” attitude – you know – where the enthusiasm from something seemed lost – well… it was replaced with a sense of appreciation – deep appreciation — for the not-so-new. With age, we sometimes cultivate more gratefulness for the beautiful moments and I hope that continues to “fill my frame” as life moves on.
Winding down this post with a sign for #PROFRIFOLLIES
There are some really mean Alabama jokes out there – and so I am taking the high road and avoiding those, but did see this funny Alabama post.
No mushroom hunting? That part reminded me of the “Four Sigmatic” mushroom drink that is popular right now. They are not psychadelic mushrooms; instead – they are immune boosting kind of shrooms’ in a powder – and we know some folks who really like these – but I do not really care for them. Tried them a few times – and not my kind of beverage. Also, read a review that said you only get trace amounts of the immune boosting properties….
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What has brought you a sense of wonder or appreciation lately?