One of the most wonderful aspects of the Christmas holiday
is when someone special in your life shows how much they know you with the
perfect gift. It isnâ€™t so much the monetary value of the â€œthingâ€ but a
statement of clarity in how well you are known and loved.
My artist daughter got me a number of fossils, and precious
pieces that really made my day special but the most beautiful from an artistic
perspective were these wonderful Bismuth crystals. In case you have never seen
them, they are a naturally forming metallic crystal that forms these amazing
shapes while cooling and then oxidation adds the wonderful colors to the
surface that you see here.
Not that my own sense of wonder needed reinforcing but once
again, this spectacular world we live in found a way to display its beauty
through yet another magical form. Beauty is not always animal or vegetable,
with mineral clearly shining brightly in such a precious manner.
I hope these images add a little color to your week!
The other morning, I found myself again down by the lake
side waiting to see what the sunrise might grace me with. A father and his son
came down to the pier waiting for Grandpa to come by with the bait for the
dayâ€™s fishing trip.
As I caught them in the golden hue of the rising sun, it
reinforced for me what I already knew â€¦ that sharing your love of the natural
world with those that you love, can be truly a moment worth its weight in gold.
I hope these adds a little color to your day and a welcome
thought to your week.
After I had taken these shots on Saturday, it struck me how
many of us look merely at surface beauty even when we are taking the time to
admire our surroundings. Flowers and plants are often taken at face value when
we just take a quick glance at the colors and contrasts and shapes that they
Sometimes, though, when you look beyond the petals and take
the time to explore what may be lying beneath the surface, new worlds open to
our senses and we are enriched with visions that often go unnoticed.
Here are a couple of moments that I hope might make you look
at things a little differently today and I hope they add a bit of natural
elegance into your week.