The weather was spectacular, today! After almost one week of 24/7 days of freezing fog, the sun came out in all of its brilliance!
I took advantage of that fact, and ran a quick errand, and then went to a nearby canyon park, in order to walk surrounded by beauty, and to inhale nature’s wonderful scents.
The area is normally dry, unless there have been heavy rains, and then there could be flooding on the walking paths. The photo above caught my eye due to the golden brightness of the grasses, against the bare branches of the trees.
A few feet further on, and I loved how the side of this footpath sign was nestled within the grasses and tree branches. I like coming upon unexpected scenes like this. I also loved how some of the leaves were still clinging to the tree branches, as if to say they were not ready to drop off, showing how stubborn they are in retaining fall. Winter begins on December 21st, and these particular trees are not about to let go of their leaves.
I loved this view of the tree on the right, in all of its bareness, leaning into the tree on the left. I envision, in my mind, that the tree on left whispered for it to lean towards it, so that it (the tree on the left) could spread its elongated branches around it, in order to protect it from the natural elements. Trees are a community unto themselves, although some of us don’t acknowledge that.
And, we see that same tree again, only this time it is on the left. I really enjoyed the contrasts of colors in this scene, the golds, the oranges, the browns and beige/earthy tones. I saw little insects crawling within the grasses. Some were marching in a sort of formation, towards an opening in between the two trees. I imagined their little community, minute/tiny to the eyes, yet important in the scheme of life. Trees are habitats for other lives.
I love this pathway in all seasons. Today the splashes of green from various forms of foliage caught my attention, along with the scattered leaves that had fallen off of the trees. I liked the earthy, natural, tones of the footpath. I loved the formations of the trees, that stood so tall, almost like sentinels, guarding the pathway, trees that once held vivid green leaves in the spring and summer, and golden, orange, and red tones in autumn. The sunlight illuminated the path, and I inhaled nature’s scents, and exhaled them, breathing along with nature, along the pathway.
I love wildflowers, and these lacy ones were a constant during my walk, mingled in between the dry twigs and earth. There was a beauty in the setting, that I couldn’t pass by without capturing it.
I walked about two and one half miles, not very far, but still it got me out of the house, with the sun bathing its warm rays throughout the pathways. It was a safe adventure, no need to worry about social distancing, or constantly wearing a mask. I had one on, but it was hanging below my chin. I had it there in case anyone came walking by, and if they had I would have pulled it up over my nose, before they even came near me. It was very freeing to be able to get out and about without worrying.
Speaking of masks, my daughter’s neighbors who live two doors down from her (a man and his mother), brought five masks over to her house, yesterday. The mother made them out of Hanukkah fabric, with menorahs, white doves, dreidels, and Stars of David, all throughout the fabric. She made five, four four my daughter, son-in-law, two grandies, and one for me! How thoughtful, how kind, how loving for her to do that. They are Christian, and know that we are Jewish. These neighbors always bring gifts to my daughter’s house during any Jewish holiday. They bake, they sew, the create, they buy.
I have known them for five years, as they have seen me visiting my daughter, often. There are decent, loving, kind people in this world. They are two of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. I am grateful for their friendship, and appreciate them.
Humankind displays human kindness when you least expect it.
Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate! Chag Chanukah Sameach!
Copyright Lorri M.