When the mundane routine of life has you in a dull and somber mood, take a lesson from a 4-year-old:
Find joy in the little things and fill the room with the sparkle of life – even if you are all by yourself.
Zoomed with slow shutter: 1/10 of a second at 2.8 aperture
The good thing about starting a new year (at least in our minds) is the opportunity to evaluate life and how we are living it. Resolutions, lists of things you wish to accomplish or goals to attain may have occupied your thoughts the past 24 hours. How long the effort to work on these items may waiver as the year goes on, but we still must live our life until the end. We can make all the plans and goals we want but sometimes life can make the decisions for us and we just have to roll with it. So here’s to the new year and may your path be easy and smooth. Hopefully, we don’t trip on our own feet!
Bliss is a viewed as a positive term and something we are constantly searching for. How far do we need to look?
My guess is bliss is there as long as I pay attention.
spending the day doing something I love
sipping wine on the deck, overlooking my palatial estate (the cowyard and back pasture)
appreciating God’s creation wherever we go
volunteering to help someone in need and feeling good about it
eating a meal with the primary ingredients coming from my garden and meat raised locally
remembering road trips
when my grandaughter smiles at me
my cozy bed at the end of the day
a warm house during a raging blizzard and knowing your family is home and safe inside
feeling as though our kids are doing well even if one lives in a college “Animal House” from the John Belushi era, another lives on the other side of the planet in another culture and the other is discovering the joys and challenges of parenting
I’m sure younger people, such as the young man in the image, have a list that is much more exciting than mine but this is my life and my list.
♦ The background is of prairie grass near a small slough facing the sunset during the last minutes of the summer solstice. Camera was set at aperture priority 2.8 / 70-200 Canon L lens / Canon 5D Mark 2 and focused on the grasses in the foreground with flare from the setting sun. The background is straight out of the camera with no editing.
♦Top image of the child was taken earlier in the same evening as she was walking on a gravel road using the same camera at aperture priority 2.8 with more direct side lighting. I did some touch-up with the face blending and softening the highlighted area on the side of her face, lightened the shadow detail and used Kubota action, Golden Delish. Dragged image to the background and opacity was decreased to allow the background grasses to show through and used the eraser tool to blend the transition between the two images.