After the summer sun and autumn colors, early winter brings snow and ice to the ornamental garden.
The once flowing water has frozen overnight, but the morning sun is starting to bring some life back into the fountain.
The privet hedge is still green under its layer of snow, but everything else about the landscape is dull.
But it is not a solemn scene; far from it, the blue sky promises a clear day ahead, and we are wrapped up warm against the cold.
As we breathe our breath freezes in front of us, and out footsteps crunch on the ice, and it feels good to walk and to feel so alive.
It is winter, and soon we may get to yearn for warm days again, but for this moment, we are glad to be able to enjoy this winter landscape.
On our walk along the Mighty Mississippi, we come to this riverside glade, shimmering in the sunshine.
The wide and steady river rolls on past, and on the far bank we see an impressive stand of trees.
The river itself is a deep blue, reflecting the cloud studded sky above, and we can see just two old style boats going up-stream.
All is peaceful and calm, and our minds are clear of the everyday by this warm and friendly scene.
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An early morning hike in early spring takes us up the bluffs above the mighty Mississippi, and we emerge into the quiet of the early dawn.
We stop to catch our breath, and notice that we have emerged by the Interstate Bridge, now quiet in the early morning.
The trees have yet to come into leaf, and there seems to be nothing but grey and brown hues going into the far horizon; we appear to be alone in this nearly monotone landscape.
But then we spot something; there is one tiny spot of color.
There on a branch close by, watching the same view as we are, is one single cardinal bird, its bright red plumage standing out against the monotonous colors all around.
One insignificant bird, and yet it lights up the scene and makes a point of focus for us.
Today, maybe we can be a point of color in someone else’s life. Even if we feel tiny and insignificant, we can stand out in our own individual way.
Every day the sun sets, this is just another day, another sunset.
And yet each sunset is different, each sunset is uniquely special.
As we sit and contemplate the sun sinking into the river, we are struck with awe at the routine magnificence of the sight. It is just another sunset, but this one is ours
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