Think and be thankful

Today I listened to an audio recording of mass during a long walk through the park.It was a Sunday sermon like no other. The message, the light, the reflections, the clouds…it was all pretty glorious.

Aftermath

From impressions left on the pavement to the blanket of color surrounding a freshly emptied tree, even fall’s aftermath is beautiful. I’m so sorry to see the glory of the season fade. But I guess letting go is the whole point of fall.

Truly

“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.” – Ansel Adams What started as a bit of exercise in the park turned into more than two hours of wandering, exploring and savoring the colors, shapes and textures of the season. What a beautiful day on so many levels….

Believe

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl

Wasn’t expecting that

I took a stroll through the Botanical Garden today and saw a number of blooms that surprised me. And here I thought that all of the fall colors had faded!

Color my world

“Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it takes much to love these colors — and there’s nothing ordinary about any of them. But wow, aren’t…

Found

“Find joy in the little things and hope in unexpected places.” – Morgan Harper Nichols (See it?)

Ahh, yes…

I had today off, so this morning I decided to take a walk through Laumeier Sculpture Park. It was brisk, beautiful and unexpectedly profound. As I was heading back to my car, I noticed two elderly gentlemen chatting on a bench under a maple tree, bright yellow leaves casually dropping around them in the breeze….

Masterpiece

“The best thing about your life is that it is in a constant state of design. This means you have, at all times, the power to redesign it. Make moves, allow shifts. Smile more, do less. Say no, say yes.  Just remember,  when it comes to your life,  you are not just the artist but…

Hint

“My favorite color is October.” It’s just the beginning, but fall is starting its show…. P.S. That’s a hornet’s nest at the top of the frame in the above photo. Yikes.

Transition

From sunsets… to sunrises… and everything in between… I’m noticing a definite shift in nature’s color palette lately. Fall is most certainly headin’ this way.

So much more

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir This morning I went out to get some fresh air at a local nature reserve after several days of cold and rain. Sunny and warmer than we’ve seen in days, the weather seemed to draw dozens of families to the trails….

Remember…

Always remember you are braver than you believe Stronger than you seem Smarter than you think and loved more than you know.

Wow…

“To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.” – Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Hometown Tourism

“Old friends are memories personified.” — Richard Paul Evans My second big adventure of October was with my oldest and dearest friend, right here in my home town. Is there a bigger hug in the world than spending time with someone you can just be your authentic self with in the place that you call…

Three in one

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth. – Henry David Thoreau Oh, how I have loved running this fall. Even at night. But today’s run around Forest Park was a dabble in three seasons: Summer’s flowers. Fall’s…

Tis the Season

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence While I thoroughly enjoyed the black and white challenge,  let’s face it… It’s FALL. What a gorgeous season this has been.

Life Lately on the Run

  The fall running season has begun. And here are just a few things I’ve seen along the way… – Rock ‘n Roll St. Louis starting line – Someone who takes his carb-loading very seriously – Happy little critter – Apparently this neighborhood display represents Game of Thrones – Late bloomer – Okay, this wasn’t…

Big Birthday

“If I didn’t have you as my mom, I’d choose you as my friend.” Earlier this week, I got to spend a day with my mom to celebrate her birthday. Perfect weather, favorite foods and places, and the best company. Totally fitting for a big birthday. Here are a few photos from time spent at…

Life Lately on the Run

“September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.” – Helen Hunt Jackson, American author and poet Best of weather indeed. Running lately has been an absolute pleasure. It’s cool enough to be comfortable, but light enough to still see the gorgeousness along the way. Roses are still blooming in the…

Saturday Stroll

The first Saturday in November brought temperatures in the 70s. So there was no option but to get outside. And off to Laumeier I went. The fall colors haven’t been great this year, but it’s still beautiful and interesting. I have no idea what this sculpture is all about, but I love this photograph. This…