Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in north central New Mexico abounds with nature’s artistic sculptures, most of which are cone shaped, thus looking like tents. This photo captures only a small amount of its variety of formations that reach up to New Mexico’s incredibly blue skies. Tent Rocks is one of my favorite places to visit. When I’m there, I always feel as if I were winding my way through an ancient city. The contrasts of shadows and light, as well as colors, are thrilling to view. It is impossible for me to go there without returning in a better frame of mind than when I arrived.
Peacefully the Heron waits patiently for the catch of the day or perhaps he’s simply taking it easy. As I view him, I feel he’s teaching me something in his serene setting. I sometimes find myself lacking the virtue of patience. Certainly, I have patience for students, for people, in general. I think it’s the scurrying we all find ourselves doing in today’s world, the phone menus, and paperwork to be filled out for everything that eats into life’s precious hours, for which I and many others lose patience. Nature and the beauty of other creatures help us get our bearings.
As the New Year unfolds, I wonder what roads await me and where they will take me. Many have been exhilarating and beautiful. I’m sure there will be wonderful surprises as well as disappointments and detours because that is the adventure called life. Let’s hope that the roads of the past will help us choose future ones wisely.
Rita Mosiman is an avid hiker who feels a strong connection to the land and nature’s artistry. In her book Serenity and Beauty she explores the true beauty that exists in the simplest of things. Purchase a copy here.
Capturing a spectacular sunset with my camera makes it now last longer than the fleeting moments when it sunk before my eyes. My heart softens as I look at the pastels and the reflection of the sun’s warmth in the cold water. Just as when I was actually there, I can feel the breeze and smell the fresh air. This gift of nature presents a moment to reflect upon the day, the year, or our lives, allowing us to appreciate whatever treasures they have held. Read more
As we trek towards the end of the year, I thought I’d compile the top 10 posts of 2013 on Plain Talk Book Marketing.
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The icicle, through which we almost see, is a stunning treat along the trail at winter time. Its beauty amidst mostly barren trees will pass, just as the old year, too, is passing. In its place, will be other artistic surprises to intrigue our eyes and renew our souls as the New Year moves on. Each path taken, each season, each year has its own rewards. Old and new joys, alike, await us to embrace. It’s time to reflect and to look forward. Continue reading…
Life peeks through the layer of snow, life that is desperately dependent upon getting enough water in the high desert. As it drinks its water, it also displays its art with a hint of color and gentle patterns.
The blustery winds of the storm have settled down, and my eyes enjoy gazing upon this soft plant in the still air. I think of human beings trying to meet their needs for survival. I think of the emotional storms in life that hopefully arrive at quiet resolution. I think about the interrelationship of all living things. I think about the hopes of peace throughout the world.
The pristine snow invites me to walk, but if I do, it won’t be pristine anymore. Still, if I don’t, someone else will, or the sun will soon melt it. It looks truly lovely untouched. The day is still, the air crisp. Winter days can seem dreary as the season wears on, but nature provides us beautiful scenes in all seasons. I think I’ll leave the snow untouched so that hopefully someone else who might venture out on this cold day will be warmed by it.
I awoke to the first good snow fall and excitedly grabbed my camera and raced outside. I knew the familiar would be transformed, and I wasn’t disappointed! As I walked through the quiet, these cacti appeared, greatly contrasting with the soft snow. They hadn’t caught my attention much before, as they blended into their surroundings, but now their color and form were sharply defined. Wow! I felt fortunate to see them before the sun changed the scene. Just as we take for granted our usual haunts, nature gifts us her surprises. Taking a second look at the familiar in our lives is often worthwhile! Continue reading
As we flow through life’s path, we’re often fortunate to connect with a glorious moment in nature. The lovely golden colors of the magnificent cottonwoods along the Rio Grande reach up toward an incredibly blue sky. The sculpture of tree limbs made prominent against the light color of the leaves create fantastic contrasts. I want to spend time lying under these grand trees, looking up at the patterns they form against and with the sky. I hope you, too, are finding glorious moments in nature. Continue Reading