Light play

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

Afternoon out

Hubby and myself ventured across to the other side of the shire today. It was nice to get out of the house for a few hours and take in the different scenery.

We grabbed a couple of salad bowls from the CO-OP at Old Meldrum and headed from there onto one of our favourite picnic spots to enjoy our lunch.

The sun was shining brightly – so bright that I had eye-strain. My eyes are extremely light sensitive and even with a good pair of sunglasses on, I still suffer on these bright winter days. We couldn’t stay at home however, and had to get out of the house for a while or we’d go stir crazy! I’m sure you all know what I mean during these lingering Covid times.

On the look out

The photographer in me is always on the look out for something interesting to photograph. Unfortunately, any time we passed something that appealed, I was never quick enough to ask hubby to stop safely to capture it.

No time to waste

When the sun began to lower itself in the sky, it did so really quickly, but before it completely disappeared, there was a good 15-20 minutes when it made a play between itself and the dark. The contrast looked beautiful and hubby stopped the car for a few minutes whilst I got out, walked around for a bit and captured a few photos.

When the ordinary becomes the extra-ordinary

I had a quick scan around and spotted a fence post with a blue tag stabled on top. It stood out against the golden/orange of the trees, and whilst not very exciting perhaps ‘subject-wise’, the highlights from the sun added all the interest it needed.

Reminds me of a quote by Bob Ross:

Put light against light and you have nothing;
Put dark against dark and you have nothing;
It’s the contrast of light and dark that each give
the other meaning.

-Bob Ross

Serenity Circle – June 2020

Welcome to June’s Serenity Circle.

On Sunday afternoon, hubby and myself packed a picnic basket and headed out into the countryside. It was misty and even drizzly at times, but it was quietly comforting being inside the warmth of the car enjoying the scenery in passing after not having taken a trip like this in so long.

We kept well within the required ‘local’ vicinity (i.e. a 5 mile radius of home) but even so it seemed like another world! I couldn’t fathom if this was because we hadn’t been into the countryside for a good long while or because the weather seemed to drape the old familiar in a protective misty blanket making it take on a totally different appearance and atmosphere—perhaps it was a little bit of both.

Don’t be afraid to go into the mist—be excited because you don’t know where you will end up.

—Sophie Madden

The countryside was so incredibly ‘quiet’ and ‘still’ and in a way it felt as if we’d stepped back in time to when there was much less traffic and noise on the roads and everyone walked or cycled from village to village. It was nice to get a ‘glimpse of a kind’ into what life may have been like years ago (before most people could afford a motor vehicle)…. and I believe I could definitely get used to it—the peace and quiet side of such anyway!

I was reminded of a saying that has been repeated in various places over the past few months and one which has stuck in my mind since hearing it:

In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.

—Dave Hollis

So many of us have tasted a more relaxed and much simpler pace of life in recent months and it’s going to be difficult adapting back to the ‘norm’ we once knew—if such is even possible that is—but perhaps like the above quote by Dave Hollis suggests, we can be a bit more careful about what we choose to include in our new ‘norm’ and what we can leave behind with the old now that we have tasted the difference.

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