A Chill In The Air & Framing Beauty In Nature

It rained last night. When I woke up and opened the blinds next to my bed, I saw that the sky was a whitish-gray. Clear, but no clouds. 

The leaves are still tenaciously clinging to the trees. 

We got a big wind the other day, and many blew down and are scattered all over the patio. When the dogs come in, so do the leaves, leaving a pattern where they walk.

There is a chill in the air today. Yesterday I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Today I am wearing long-sleeved jammies. 

It is the kind of cold that clings to you. But not yet the kind of cold that settles in your bones.

Oddly enough, I still have flowers blooming. The white and red geraniums. The red blooms of the pineapple sage. Some pink daisies and white alyssum.

I took these photos at the park. Normally I would delete ones like this. But I decided I rather liked the water color effect of it. 

I guess it is all in my mood whether I decide I like what comes from my camera. And whether I will keep it or hit Delete.

I like the starkness of color on color. The circles and prisms of light. 

There is so much to see when you look through that lens. My way is just to keep taking them. One after the other after the other. Turning round and round and just taking it all in. 

Totally unaware if they will have any merit once I look at them on a computer monitor. That is half the fun!

I just finished writing letters to my grandchildren. I put a pretty printable in my granddaughter's envelope. 

I added one Ghirardelli square of chocolate I bought in each one before I sealed them. I will mail them tomorrow.

I hope I can take them out one day and teach them what to look for through a camera lens. How to wait, pause, and allow time for the image to speak to you. 

You have to look beyond the tree branches to its leaves. Beyond its leaves to the pattern within them. 

Because the beauty could be anywhere. You just have to know where and how to look for it.


  1. Gorgeous photos, Brenda. I especially love the bokeh effect in many of them...the essence of tranquility. I pray that you will get the chance to have a wonderful relationship with all of your grandchildren. You have so much to offer them! :-)

  2. Brenda, your pictures are beautiful. You have wonderful photography skills...I can't remember right now if you've written How To posts for photography or not but you definitely could. Kids love cameras too and if you allow them to take pictures of the things they want to see they will love it. :)

    1. I just in the past few weeks wrote two posts of how-to's on photography.

  3. Brenda, I love the photos. I too love to just take my camera out in nature and let it speak to me. Haven't done that in awhile but I need too and soon!

  4. Gosh your pictures today are magic! You captured Mother Nature's paintbrush!

  5. Beautiful pics as usual, Brenda. Beautiful ideas to connect to your lovely grandkids, too! Bravo!

  6. Can't wait to see if there is a response from your grand children...it may take awhile...LOVE your photos!

  7. I always love seeing what your eyes see. Such gorgeous photos! Really looking forward to hearing from your grandchildren...

  8. Brenda,
    Great fall photos. You definitely have down how to wait, pause, and let the image speak to you.


  9. I hope you get some "teaching" moments with those grandkids, Brenda. Oh! The joy that is missing on both sides of that equation when you don't see them much. It is a disservice to you and a downright tragedy for those kids to be missing out on the unconditional love of a grandmother. Blessings and soul healing to you- xo Diana

  10. So beautiful, Brenda - all of it. The photos, the words, and the woman. I hope you are having a peaceful Sunday.

  11. Lovely pictures as always Brenda...We had that chill and high winds here also...It looked like it was raining down leaves there were so many falling and flying..You are so right about children enjoying letters in the mail just for them...I hope that they really have fun receiving them...I am also glad to see that there are still flowers blooming for you out there...Take care sweet lady...

  12. I love your way with words, how you describe "your life". Your blog is one I savor...and read it all!

  13. Lovely pictures as always. They always bring me happiness.
    So glad you are sending letters to the grandchildren. They may not say so but they will begin to look forward to getting them.

  14. My favorite time of year. Our tree out front is so golden yellow. It makes my heart sing to stand at the kitchens sink and see it.

  15. Diane is right. Don't give up, and keep sending those sweet letters to your grandchildren.

  16. Your photos are absolutely beautiful, Brenda. I'm always enlightened by your talent behind the lens. Please don't delete anything until you've really had awhile to decide!!

    You have some great gifts ready for your grands. A part of yourself, not a generic foo foo gift. So honest and sweet.

    I like your new blog design.

    Jane x

  17. There is beautiful art work in your photos, Brenda.. I especially love the one of the water..........can almost heard the water going over the stones.
    I would love to see your Grandchildren's faces when they receive mail from you.. Such a good idea to keep in touch with them.

  18. your photos are stunning Brenda and I know your grandkids will love the letters and chocolate!

  19. Your pictures are beautiful. I really like the one of the water. It's so nice that you're involved with your grandkids. I hope I have the energy to do that with mine by the time I ever have any. I think it's a long way away! Ha!

  20. Love the photos! Your photography is outstanding! !


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