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“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it—every, every minute?”

– from ‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder

I recently stumbled across a blog post titled Stalking Wonder. It’s about taking the time and making the effort to seek out the little, every day wonders that make life rich. And that, most of the time, we miss because we’re too busy, too stressed, to inwardly focused.

I had to take the girls to piano lessons last night and, instead of waiting in the car, I decided to explore a nearby park that I’d never taken the time to visit. And I took my camera so I could stalk a little wonder during that hour. So glad I did. If I had stayed in the car, nose in book (one of my favorite places to stick my nose), I would have missed the way the sunshine and shadows danced together in these bushes…

… three very young goslings …

… this craggy landscape of exposed tree roots…

…this sleeping beauty …

…or this turtle sunning himself one more time before dark.

I’m so glad I didn’t miss out on on the wind in these willows…

… or the water droplets on this fellow’s feathers…

And I’m very glad that I took time to find that this, apparently, is where the sidewalk ends:

I think that my new-found interest in photography helps me slow down and stalk some wonder, even in my own back yard.

I’ve always found a deep sense of peace, wonder and connection to God in the things of nature. My handy-dandy digital point-and-shoot and its macro and super macro settings let me get close to the wonders, big and small, that are all around me . I just have to look for them.

And I think that’s why I like sharing my photographs on Facebook and Flickr – I hope that these bits of beauty that I’ve tried to capture will bring a little wonder to you. Help you slow down for just a minute and realize a little life.

Today doesn’t have the sunshine and soft breezes that yesterday did. It’s dark and rainy. So I threw open my window so I could hear the storm. And remember this poem by Langston Hughes:

April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you.

Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.

Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.

The rain makes running pools in the gutter.

The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night –

I love the rain.

Where will you find wonder today?

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