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
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.
BOAT SHED IN SAN PEDRO BELIZE
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.
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
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled The Little Things - Devotionals from a small town, using articles from the column. I published the second book in the Devotionals from a small town series, titled In the Fog, in December 2017.