Tree of Enlightenment

Although markedly different, this tree always makes me think of the bodhi tree that Buddha meditated beneath.

It’s an inspiration and reminder to get in touch with our spiritual side, and to not only seek, but enjoy silence and solitude.

Whether we meditate or not, let’s remember to make make cultivating calm and peace a priority in our lives.  Life is so much better when viewed from a place of mindfulness and gratitude~

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Bliss of Solitude

Landscape photography of a single tree under a moody sky.

Twisted Blue

Twisted Blue

Let’s always remember that periods of ‘death’ and remission are a part of the cycle.  Even when things appear to be stagnant and bare, there’s a lot going on that we can’t see.  We’re still moving forward.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Corkscrew Bark Texture detail photography

Bark

Corkscrew Bark

Holidays are upon us, and hopefully we’re all able to get ourselves cozy to enjoy what we’re grateful for!  Let’s always remember the beauty of the little things in life, those things we often overlook.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

The Little Things Photograph of geese flying during sunset

Beauty in Detail

Detail photography of natural textures.

The world gets bigger the closer we look at it.

Nature is full of beautiful details, textures, and colors.  It’s definitely worth taking the time to look closer, especially when it comes to our usual surroundings.  We’ll be shown a whole new world of beauty we hadn’t noticed before!

Let’s tune into the beautiful details of the world, and remember to take a closer look at the world around us.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Splinters dirt earth macro photography

Burned | Blodgett Peak

Burnout | Burned Tree

Yesterday I found myself hiking one of the many trails on Blodgett Peak in Colorado Springs.  This tree was one of the countless burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire that swallowed over 18,000 acres three years ago.

The trails were surrounded by healthy growth, though pieces of burnt wood started becoming more visible further up the mountain.  It wasn’t too long before the trail began winding through burnt trees, some still growing strong despite the damage, and others laying in the returning brush.

There were many photographs taken during this one hike, as the peak is surrounded by gorgeous forests.  Although mostly pine, there are plenty of other beautiful trees turning gold for the fall!

The peak is 2500 ft. high, which sounds like an easy challenge, as well as practice for scaling Pike’s Peak.  I’m terribly excited to try and reach the summit my next visit.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photography of tree roots exposed along a nature trail. Happiness

Passions | Roots

Photography of tree roots exposed along a nature trail.

Interests and passions come and go.  And when we’ve spent years enjoying and honing a discipline, it can be especially painful when the passion for it fades.

It’s important to remember that life is about change.  Nothing is constant or guaranteed to last forever.  We’re constantly growing, so we should remain flexible enough to go where the current takes us.

It’s painful to lose passion for something you used to love, but refusing to let something go and move forward can be even more painful.  We can’t always recapture what was lost by desperate pursuit.

When passions fade, it’s also important to remember that just because passion is now gone, it doesn’t mean it won’t return in the future.

Let’s be flexible and accepting of where life and our interests take us.  Let’s enjoy our loves and passions while they last.  And should they fade, let’s be grateful for the fun we had, and move on to discover our new passion.

Our old passions might come back to visit us someday, but let’s not stay put waiting for that to happen or clinging to what was.  Let’s move forward and see what else there is to love.

-Brought to you by the nostalgia of looking through remnants of an old passion-

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Feelings fall leaves river photography

 

Twisted Bark

Nature photo of the texture of tree bark.

It’s such a wonderful thing to get out to enjoy fresh air and nature.

Saying it’s merely calming to walk about in nature would be an understatement.  It’s cleansing to take a natural path, and step through trees, flowers, and shrubbery.

Provided we don’t get lost.  That’s a little less relaxing.

Whether nature is available to use in the form of a yard, lot, city park, trail, or all around, let’s get out and enjoy the beauty and relaxing views that nature provides.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Splinters Tree Stump Texture