A Sparkly Time of Year!
As late fall turns into winter, the browns and grays give such a peaceful texture to the landscape. You can see so much character in the trees; their structure, the unique ways their branches extend, the beauty of their bark. You can also see where birds built their nests and raised their young now that the leaves have fallen. Trees are such grand living beings. I'm thankful for them.
And I'm thankful for the sparkly holiday season! The beautiful spirit of giving and sharing is so alive!
On my walk this morning, I was thinking about gratitude - about what it truly means to be thankful. The word great-fullness came to mind. I know the correct way to spell grateful, but to me, great-full really describes the feeling of being thankful. It's a feeling that is overflowing, warm, generous, heartwarming. This is how I feel about our natural world; great-FULL.
On the subject of heartwarming, even the leaves, sparkling with frost, were sharing love. The heart-shaped cottonwood leaves blanketed the prairie grasses along the trail, preparing to decompose and nurture the soil over the winter in perfect timing for spring. Nature's rhythm and balance is exquisite.
The deer and blue jays were out playing and enjoying the morning, too!
The holiday season is here! How much fun!
The holiday season is a special time to remember all the wonderful for-purpose organizations out there doing such amazing work. Here are just a few of my favorites. These organizations are funding research to help endangered species and animals around the world, conserving land and aquatic systems, and raising awareness through education. If you'd like to learn more, click on the organization's name below. Giving Tuesday is right around the corner!
This morning's walk was such a great reminder of so much to be grateful for...
Family, friends, and our home...
the beautiful and abundant natural world!
I'd love to hear your inspiration...
What makes you feel grateful?
Please feel free to leave a comment below!
In love with the natural world, I'm inspired to show how species are connected to each other, to their ecosystem homes, and to people around the world. An eternal optimist, I bring into visual form the concept of biological diversity and what it means to be connected to the whole...to all of life. In our connection lies hope.