Friday, May 18, 2012


One of the healthier things that I do for myself is to walk regularly around our farm with the dogs.  I am also doing a lot of reading, praying/meditating, listening to inspiring music and other things to try to stay centered.
The woods are so pretty right now that I decided to take a second round on our circular river trail.  I was about halfway through the second time, and looked for a log to sit on for a few minutes of peace.  I took just a few steps off the trail, and my eyes focused on this beautiful sight.....
A tiny, perfect new fawn curled up tight and still, it never even blinked the entire time I photographed it. The other thing that was so amazing is that Hoss never smelled or sensed it, coming within about ten feet on a few occasions (I was ready to grab him!)
I've had a slight smudge on my lens, which shows a bit in these photos but I hope you enjoy them anyway.  Here is a little video that shows the setting of this little 'fairy-fawn a bit better.  I had to wonder just how close momma was, and if she would have done anything if I had decided to touch her baby (which of course I didn't).
The nature that surrounds us here is one of my most beloved blessings, and I have been very consciously counting.  I came across this quote, a twist on the famous poem which quips, "Count your blessings, one by one...."

Count your blessings instead of your crosses
Count your gains instead of your losses
County your joys instead of your woes
Count your friends instead of your foes
Count your smiles instead of your tears
Count your smiles instead of your fears
Count your full years instead of your lean
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean
Count your health instead of your wealth
Count on God instead of yourself
-Author unknown

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Life is Beautiful....

We've had some challenges keeping me from blogging lately... nothing I can talk about or share much (which of course makes it all the harder).... I've decided instead to just share photos of the beauty around me for a while, as a way of counting my many blessings.

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