Friday, October 24, 2008

Everything Is Beautiful

Polk County Library

This time of the year reminds me that there is beauty in everything. One of the highlights of the year here in the Ouachita Mountains in Western Arkansas is the changing of the colors. Think about that for a minute, we look forward every year to the trees changing color when we know it means they will be losing their leaves and becoming dormant. I am not a winter person. I am not fond of cold weather. I like to think that the fall colors are a gift from God to cheer me up, because I know what will be coming soon.

Rocky Mountain National Park Postcard

This picture was taken on a big family picnic in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. We were visiting family in Colorado, and decided to get everyone together for a picnic. The day was dreary and rainy and cold and just generally nasty. We made the best of it and had a wonderful time visiting and eating in the rain. I was very disappointed in the weather, because I had been planning to take some wonderful beautiful photos of the magnificent scenery that seems to be everywhere in Rocky Mountain National Park. I went ahead and took a few pictures anyway. I just love the way this one turned out, and I think it is beautiful. That beauty comes from the muted colors and misty rainy look. Everything is beautiful in it's own way.

Weathered Boat Shed

This picture was taken on the beachfront in San Pedro Belize. As you can tell the building is not in the best shape. It is weathered and the paint is peeling. As i was walking on the beach just after sunrise, I noticed how vibrant the early morning light made this old shed look. Even an old shed with the paint peeling can be beautiful in the right light.

Messy Autumn

If you have followed my blog very much, you know that one of the most important things in my life is my granddaughters. This week I made a photo montage of them, and set it to the song Everything Is Beautiful by Ray Stevens. Everything is beautiful, especially my granddaughters. You can see the photo montage below. Click on the arrow to start the video

I hope that you find beauty around you every day.


  1. Wow those are some great pics, thanks for sharing.

    That said, I was wondering if you could help do you post your link within a comment like you did on my site? Thanks in advance


  2. INCREDIBLE red tree!!

    We have also been enjoying the fall colors this year, up here. It seems like this year is a lot better than last.

  3. Beauuuuutiiifuuuullll!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Such beauty lies in your photos. The boat shed is amazing!! Like a wonderful painting... I am pleased with that photograph! I would be happy to have that hanging on the wall! Happy and bright are those colors. Very well done! =)

  5. Lovely pictures -- it's been so rainy and gloomy here in Nebraska for the past week, it's nice to see some sunshine -- even if it is in one of your photographs.

  6. Wonderful photos, Richard. Of course, your grandbabies are the best! For pure color, the red tree and the boat shed are in a dead heat; and the Rocky Mountain vista is amazing! I'm so much enjoying visiting your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  7. you've included some spectacular photos in your post - the trees are beautiful, so are your grandchildren, and those bright belize colours are simply incredible

  8. Wonderful philosophy to live by, Richie. Each photo is wonderful. Enjoy those cute grandkids.