Take a moment and think back to when you were a kid. How much time did you spend out-of-doors? If you were like me, the answer is “a lot!” And, although I grew up in a Colorado suburb, we always had a yard and a neighborhood and, as I got older, various parks and edges around town to explore and spend time in. I still remember reluctantly being called into the house, long after dark, on many hot summer evenings longing to remain outside.
As I got older and took on adult responsibilities, my time spent outdoors gradually diminished. Sure, there were always the weekends and short times during the day commuting to and from school or work. But, far and away, most of my time was spent indoors.
When I retired a couple of years ago, the transition to spending more time outside again was a natural one. I have always found nature comforting and renewing, and even with the challenges of living in a temperate rainforest, I longed to spend more time outside. So I do. Each and every day. Regardless of season or weather, I am outside, at least for a time, usually with camera in hand. You see, in addition to being outside, I also am nurturing my love of photography and capturing moments I see that move me. There are “picture perfect moments” to be observed every day, hence the title of my new blog.
What I hope to share with you are photos, ideas, and stories that have left an impression on me in some way. Some may be light-hearted…some may be serious—but that is just who I am. I look forward to seeing what unfolds and I can guarantee that every post will include at least one photo!
So, in the spirit of beginnings and impressions, a moment to share with you this entry is embodied in the above photo. The unexpected sunny day we enjoyed last week enlivened us all. I stepped outside, saw the sun shining through yesterday’s raindrops hanging on my deck railing, and discovered this glorious universe replete with a rainbow. I hope you enjoy it!