Taking Advantage Of Days Like This

I love this time of year.  I really do.  Especially when the temperature hovers between slightly chilly and toasty warm – with healthy doses of sunshine and crisp breezes thrown in for good measure.  It is as if Mother Nature is doing all She can to ensure our journey into the coming winter months is an easy one.

I cherish the days that are filled with sunshine.  Days that bring warmth.  Days that allow me to get outside and roam, without having to don mitts and a parka.  I love it when Fall lets me cling to bits and pieces of Summer for a few extra weeks.

Water’s Edge

Which is exactly what I did yesterday as I accompanied an a small group of students on an outdoor educational excursion.  What a glorious day to be at the water’s edge, feasting on a gorgeous display of nature as it transitions into a new season.

I was taking photos of (what else?) the leaves, nature, the kids, and all the fun stuff they were learning about.  But it is this image of blurry reflections that I like best.  Even with the distortion, you can see that they are fixated on their subjects and making some pretty cool discoveries in the swampy muck.  (They were looking for things like bugs and snails to study)

I love what I do, especially on days like this.

2 Replies to “Taking Advantage Of Days Like This”

  1. I love this. Right now, I live in Texas, so the holding onto summer thing is a little bit swapped out for “thank god it’s over!” but I grew up on the East Coast- so I know what you are feeling.
    I feel like lately, I have been noticing the same feeling applies to work days in some ways. Like, the more I have to get done, the more I can relish and absorb the beauty of every drop of loveliness in a spare moment. The smell of the coffee, the smile on the dog’s face, the cloud in the sky when I look at it- these things are wonderful when I know that soon, I’ll be in screen-world writing articles. If I have a whole day free, then lots of details slide by as I try to “make the most of it” in a hurried fashion. Like a plate with too much ice cream in a diner that’s closing in five minutes.
    I try to blend the two and still have mindful awareness while doing work, but it does seem that a life with mixed experiences really does let us enjoy the enjoyable bits with much more vividness and attention!

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