Places to visit around Tampa Bay, FL
Recipients of our appreciation are apt to express their own gratitude to others, lengthening the unending, golden chain of connections-in-goodness that stretches across the world. ~Mary Ford Grabowsky, The Way of Mary
I was wandering the grounds of a huge Hunter/Jumper horse show at the Tampa Equestrian Center when my eye caught to the intense manner of a buxom lady managing controlled chaos in multiple horse rings. She projected strong nerves, a positive temperament with clipboards and Sharpies, tools of her task, close at hand. Alongside her stood a speedy golf cart outfitted with a feisty little dog who instantly became my intended photo subject. One major problem! As Mom frantically tried to square him up for the shot, he totally honed in on loving her, not posing for me. Her gleeful laughter won the day.
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy amidst the simple beauty of nature. ~ Anne Frank
EQUESTRIAN CENTER, Tampa, FL
OLIVE GROVE, Brooksville,FL
OLYMPIC PARK, WA with Art Wolfe
VIOLET CURRY PRESERVE, Lutz, FL
COCKROACH BAY, Ruskin, FL
CHINESE GARDENS, Portland, OR
BOTANICAL GARDENS, Largo, FL
Connecting With Our Inner Life
Maybe one of the ways to reconnect with your deeper soul-life is to recover a sense of the soul's shyness.
Though it may be personally difficult to be shy, it is an attractive quality in a person. In an unexpected piece of advice, Nietzsche says one of the best ways to make someone interested in you is to blush.
The value of shyness, it's mystery and reserve, is alien to the brash immediacy of many modern encounters. If we are to connect with our inner life, we need to learn not to grasp at the soul in a direct or confrontational way. In other words, the neon consciousness of much modern psychology and spirituality will always leave us in soul poverty.
~John O'Donohue, Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom
CINDY'S GARDENS, Washougal, WA
Nature will bear the closest inspection.She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.~ Thoreau
My camera encourages me to 'take an insect view' of all that surrounds me. What delightful discoveries to be made when embracing the world from such an innocent view. ~JCBrittain