Mindfulness Challenge Week 18: Nature

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Forsythia and Other Garden Discoveries

Until very recently, I had no idea what grew in my garden.

We moved here in the fall, when I was starting a new teaching position and spent all my spare time unpacking and planning.  There was no time to explore the yard, and soon the plants were buried in snow.

Spring came late this year.  Now, though, I can enjoy the bursts of colour coming up.  Crimson tulips, pink rhododendron, and bright yellow forsythia.  Soon, I will have blossoms on the apple tree and hydrangea.  I’m almost certain one plant is an astilbe; another I think is a dahlia.

Nature provides much beauty, but in spring it’s the flowers I enjoy the most.

 

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Snow White

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Our first significant snowfall coated trees and lawns, turning our world white.

Admittedly, I am not a fan of winter – I’m a summer girl, through and through.  But the magic of the first snow is hard to ignore.

The golden shades of November disappear under this fresh layer of frosting; the barren branches are bright and new.

For now, at least, winter is a welcome sight.

 

Sea Glass Season

If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I have been waiting (impatiently) for the snow to melt.  I have been itching to go to the beach, but until this week there was so much ice and snow that it wouldn’t have been safe, let alone enjoyable.

The snow is not completely gone, but the beach is finally accessible.

I took a drive to my favourite spot for collecting sea glass, and spent more than two hours wandering the shoreline.

It was bliss.

I was the only person on the beach, with the salt breeze and the rushing water as company.  The tide was out and the sea glass was plentiful.

The only difficulty was leaving.

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At the Wharf

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I had to bring my car to the Miramichi for service yesterday, so I asked a friend what to do for four hours in this small town. She suggested Ritchie Wharf.

It turned out to be a great spot. There was a big playground for the kids, quaint little shops, and a wharf along the river. When the kids got bored, I made up a photography scavenger hunt for them with their iPods.

Wandering along the wharf, I found a few spots to photograph as well.

This shot is my favourite.