Back Yard Beauty

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.  ~John Muir

What is it about Nature that is just so good? Even in all of our own beautiful woman (or man) made masterpieces, there is still something special about what the earth can create.

I’m lucky that I live in a place where I have lots of privacy. Sometimes in the early morning, I take my bowl of cereal outside and just sit. The sun is still coming up and the day is just getting started. If I am very still, I can hear birds singing and other quieting, natural sounds. It reminds me to take things slow and savor the moments.

I’ve been around for 54 years now and I still cannot seem to get enough of Mother Earth. If I’m feeling abit stressed, all I have to do is go outside and look around.  My own back yard is one of my favorite places on this earth.

Though the grass is a bit brown these days, there are plenty of other beautiful things to keep me happy right in my yard. Jim and Michelene planted a beautiful garden along with some flowers and through minimal watering, they are flourishing. There are butterflies galore and Jim’s honeybees are busy everywhere, just pollinating to their heart’s desire.

Bunnies are in on the act too. They can’t get enough of our sweet clover. My dog, Jordan, keeps a watchful eye on them and she loves to give them a good chase down the yard.

The summer is hot and it’s just moseying along. It won’t be long now till it’s the dog days of August. That’s when I really want things to slow down so I can enjoy the last moments of the season.

If I just take a moment, I can remember there is great beauty right outside my door. I don’t need to go very far. May you see the great beauty in your own back yard today.

Photo Credits: Michelene Cain

Join me on my graceful journey.

4 Replies to “Back Yard Beauty”

  1. You have a gorgeous backyard, Joanne. I too love the mornings…sitting on our deck, bird (and squirrel) watching, inhaling the scents of my herbs and enjoying a good cup of java. When I add the luxury of a good book, it is paradise. All I need is water — the ocean or a lake — and it would be perfection. Just picked two mini tomatoes from my pot…and my gardenia plant finally bloomed this week! The wonders of nature abound!

    1. Ahhh….sounds beautiful! I can just picture the gardenia and your relaxing deck. I picked juicy red mini tomatoes yesterday and couldn’t help plopping a few right into my mouth. Thanks for stopping by! xo

  2. A blessing, indeed. Nature is remarkably beautiful…colors seem to go together in nature where they wouldn’t otherwise, bees that aren’t suppose to fly do, hummingbirds able to hover while their wings echo the symbol of eternity.. I suppose it just has the Master’s touch to it.

    And I hope we can realize how precious your message is to slow down. I have a feeling that if we would slow down, time would, too.

    Blessings for a relaxing, timeless day,
    Marianne O’s

    1. Hi Marianne, yes, you are so right. That is the message…to slow down and savor what nature has to offer us. There is so much beauty the world has to offer. Thank you for stopping by! xo Joanne

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