My view…

#on_tilt #dutch_angle

dutch tilt landscape coulees water

[dəCH] [ˈaNGɡəl] dutch angle

a photography style where vertical lines are shot at an angle

I find dutch angle resonates with me at times when things feel off-kilter, unsteady, and unusual.

This is one of those times when it’s hard to find balance and the world seems shadowed by one unwavering question mark.

I try to imagine what things will look like on the other side of this–and can’t. It’s simply unimagineable.

There will not be anyone excluded from feeling the impact of this pandemic. It will affect each one of us.

What I do strongly feel is there will be good that comes from this–a centering and strengthening of the human spirit. And when that happens, we will be able to look back and and understand why.

Stay safe…

Do your part…

#stayhome

[ˈsōSHəl] [ˈdistənsing] social distancing

avoiding large gatherings and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people

It’s time.

Time to think about each person your actions could affect. We’re being bombarded by information and staggering numbers of deaths and infections–worldwide. I believe that we will all lose someone dear to us. We still have many ways of communicating available to us.

Let’s use those methods. Call your family and friends. Check in with them by phone and see if they need anything that you can safely provide. We will need everyone possible in the health care industry healthy so that they can provide care. Let’s not risk their health by not taking the steps outlined for social distancing. They are among the most valued going forward.

There isn’t much that we can do. But we can do that one small thing.

Wouldn’t you rather have done too much than not enough? Be kind, be patient, remember to breathe. We CAN do this.

Nature’s message…

from the atmosphere.

sundog over clouds with crepuscular rays

[pärˈhēlēən] parhelion

a bright spot, sometimes called a sundog, in the sky appearing on one or both sides of the sun, formed by refraction of sunlight through ice crystals

Sometimes when you hear news, whether it’s expected or a bolt from the blue, it’s tempting to look for a sign. Some kind of a message that gives hope that all is not black and white. That there are things we just don’t know yet. On that morning after, I chose to find a message high in the atmosphere. No accompanying halos, one lone sundog. Bright and beautiful, just as she was.

After the freeze on a mountain lake…

pattern [ˈpadərn]

a repeated decorative design

Nature tells us everything that we need to know if we take time to study it. This might be one of my favorite ice views, sculpted by bitter cold and intense winds. Well worth the icy fingertips…

As the year…

is winding down.

winding [ wahyn-ding ]

something with twists and turns

And what a year! This post brings my total of years blogging to five. It’s been a good practice for me and a joy to connect with people from all over the world. I so appreciate the feedback and I love sharing my natural world with you.

New for this month because you know I like to be in full swing of new projects by the end of the year. Focused and already in a routine by the first…

I have 18,340 words written for my book. I am one quarter of the way to my goal! It just means getting up a little earlier, and this time of year that means the day’s writing is well under way by sunrise.

What are your goals for the new year? I’d love to hear them.

Happy New Year and thank you for reading and following it’s (almost always) about the water!

Images…

as words.

delicate [ˈdelikət]

easily broken or damaged, fragile

I’ve long had a love affair with words. And when images can speak a single word they’ve done their job.

Few things can be as delicate and fragile as a snowflake, but life is, from beginning to end.

We plan for a time that isn’t right now, never considering that our time is right now. This moment, not one that may happen years from now.

Change one thing today and always tell the ones close to you how much you love them.