Here we are, halfway through the month of December. So, how are you doing? Are you enjoying this holiday season? Are you finding time each day to relax and unwind?
Every day I spend some time outside. As soon as I step out on the porch I take a deep breath of the fresh winter air. Sometimes I only have a few minutes, but sometimes I have time to go for a walk or simply sit observing and listening.
On one of my walks I spotted the fruit of the sycamore tree hanging from a branch. It looked like a little round Christmas tree ornament. Even nature decoration for Christmas! Then, I began to pay attention; searching for nature's ornaments.
I even found some Christmas tree shapes. Historians give Germany the credit for starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it. In the 16th century Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. It’s believed that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. From there it has evolved to artificial trees, strings of lights, and ornaments in every shape and size.
If you take the time to really see, not just look, nature’s gifts to us are pretty amazing. I encourage you to get outside and enjoy them. Some days it’s hard to find a few spare minutes, but I hope you’ll try. At least stick your head out the door and take a deep breath of air. That’s a gift, too.
(The snow is added, sadly it's not snowing here!)
“We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there.
We have been conditioned to expect . . . but, as photographers,
we must learn to relax our beliefs.”
~ Aaron Siskind