Stopping on a small dyke, we look along the stretch of water and are amazed at the simple beauty of the scene.
Much of this area of West Norfolk, England, would be wetland, were it not for the Land Drain system that keeps the land drained.
The words Land Drain somehow seem prosaic and utilitarian, but over time even these man-made artifacts have become a part of the countryside.
The only hint that this is not a natural feature can be seen in the straight line of the waterway as it disappears into the distance.
Everything out in the scene is natural and the green fields counterpoint the white clouds, with the small glimpse of blue sky adding to the wonder of the scene.
It is a scene that makes us take a deep breath of fresh air, and feel again the wonder of being alive.
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This image captures a bright and picturesque English rural scene, full of life yet calm and restful. The stream leads us into the picture, adding depth and the colors being a happy and joyful feel.
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Hidden away in the woods, we find a small area of water, enclosed by the first flowering of spring growth in the surrounding trees.
We might have passed by, but then we notice three nymphs dancing by the pool.
As we stop to admire the art work, we are entranced by the vibrancy of the colors, the reflections in the pool, and the evidence of new life all around.
We recall the story of Hylas, charmed by the beauty of the Nymph, and never seen again, as he searched the woods for his lost love.
Beauty is all around us; sometimes it is easy to see, as in this woodland idyll. But sometimes we have to search for the beauty that we know is there, and sometimes just to search is enough.
Evening brings an end to a busy work day, and we trudge our weary way home, head bowed beneath the worries and cares of our day.
Then we look up, and catch sight of the sun just vanishing below the horizon.
It is a subtle and intriguing sunset, with dark clouds spiraling above the village on the other bank, but above them white iridescent clouds shine with light with patches of darkening blue sky showing through. The water itself seems to be alive with motion, a mottled effect that reflects the fading sun in patches.
This day is almost over, its triumphs and disappointments will soon be fading memories. A new day, full of opportunities, will be here tomorrow. But for now it is evening and Nature has put on a light show just for us. We walk on homeward with a smile on our face and hope in our heart
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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.
This scenic view draws us down past the Old Barge Inn on the left, along the riverside cottages, and into the tree line in the distance.
We imagine ourselves going into the Inn, and meeting the locals who have tales to tell of the way life used to be “in the old days”. Hearing them talk, it would be easy to recreate in our minds the bustle of a time when working barges moored here on their journey to London.
But for now, all is still and restful, allowing us a moment in time to stand and reflect.
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