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I have a long-term relationship with these two trees in the pasture.

I’ve photographed them in every season. I’ve walked beneath them. I’ve taken deep breaths when I see them – perhaps the very literal definition of inspiration.


They’re not the most beautiful of trees by many standards, but to me they are exquisite.

They are survivors, continuing to leaf out each year, providing shade and a green respite here in this high desert land in which we live. They have been home to hawks and a shady napping spot for Miss P.


They are yin and yang, each buffeted by the wind that whips across the land, so that they lean significantly. Notice also how they mirror each other. If we were to magically combine them, and perhaps straighten them up a bit, they would become one, fully rounded tree.


I love them just as they are.

They encourage me to be more gentle with myself and others. To accept that after my many years on the planet, I too lean a little from the winds that have shaped me, and my leaves may not be what I think they ought to be, or what they once were.


Here’s the thing: For each of us, trees and humans, we are quite simply what we are.

And often it’s far from perfect – especially the perfection of some erudite definition.

But when we look at ourselves with a more loving eye, perhaps we are able to see our unique beauty.

It’s there.

I promise you that.

As I promise myself the same.


My challenge to you, should you be so inclined to accept it, is to look around your particular world.

Find something that at first glance may seem quite ordinary. And then spend enough time with it until you can see how truly extraordinary it is.

Then offer a quiet thank-you, and let the beauty soak into your very pores.

Here’s the radical suggestion:

Do it again, this time with something else, perhaps something completely different from the first.

Continue to seek beauty in the ordinary.

How darned radical is that?

P.S. If you look to the very left of the photo, you will see Pepper and Chickadee making their way to the gate.

Time for Tuesday Beauty


I’m always on the lookout for ordinary beauty – the things I may see a hundred times and then on time number one hundred and one, I really see it.

See it for the first time.

See it so that it takes my breath away in a moment of pure grace.

That’s how I felt about this scene at the paddocks. It all just worked: blue Colorado sky, white clouds, metal roof, and the red of the ball, the gate and the steeple on the roof. (I’m calling a steeple because I like the word and don’t know how else to describe it.)

I’m telling you, we live in a beautiful world. 

And aren’t we the lucky ones!

Time for Tuesday Beauty

It’s days like this that sorely test me.

Can I be mindful and notice beauty in my surroundings when I don’t want to see what I see?

I’m talking about our latest snowstorm.

Yes, I’m grateful for the moisture. Who wouldn’t be?

But holy snowbanks, it’s nearly the last week of April and we’re still wearing winter coats and boots, sweaters and gloves. And nary a daffodil or tulip on the horizon.

I miss spring.

So I challenged myself to find something beautiful, something to feed my spirit and remind me that I’m not in charge of the weather, or much of anything for that matter.

And I came upon these photos of icicles dripping from an old piece of machinery. And it is beautiful – to my eye anyway. I took photos from several angles, but think I like this one best.

So here we go:

We live in a beautiful world.

P.S. We went out yesterday to get Miss P. back in her coat. She ran in at a gallop when she saw us. At the car she was shaking, partly from the exertion but mostly from the cold.

We rubbed her down and got her coat back on. It always tugs at my heart when I see her shivering. She’s ready for spring too!

Time for Tuesday Beauty

Snow-covered Fairy

When you live in the Rocky Mountain west, you get used to March being the snowiest month of the year.

I remember many a snowy Easter morning in Wyoming when my sisters and I would be decked out in our frilly new Easter dresses and our winter coats.

I never believed my more southern friends who actually held egg hunts in their yards.

Their yards, I tell you!

In Cheyenne Wyoming that would be a non-event. At the very least, it would be colored eggs perched atop a bed of dry, brown grass, and more likely it would be eggs nestled in snow.

To this day my sister will quote this little Wyoming springtime ditty:

“Spring has sprung, the grass has riz…

I wonder what this white stuff is.”

So when this most recent snowstorm hit , I happened to look outside on my deck to see this sweet little garden fairy covered in snow.

Doesn’t she look sweet? Look at the dollop of snow right on her tiny nose.

It made me smile. And value the many tiny, wonderful blessings that come my way each and every day.

We live in a beautiful world.


Time for Tuesday Beauty


On Sunday when I was feeding Pepper,  I kept looking at this peaked drift of snow. It fascinated me how on either side, the snow was blown away, with only the earth showing.

But oh my goodness that peak!

And then yesterday, we were at the pasture at just the right time for the sun to leave the shadow of the wire fence along the snowy peak.

Oh my goodness again!

Just another reminder that we are surrounded by unlimited beauty.

All we have to do is tune in.

Of course I can’t answer for you, but for me, I much prefer the beauty channel.

What beauty can you find today?


Time for Tuesday Beauty


I’ve dedicated these Tuesday postings to noticing little pockets of beauty in the world around me.

I’ve found them everywhere.

And it seems the more I look, the more I find.

Cool how that works!

I was visiting my son and his sweet little family over the weekend. Their house is decked out in  Christmas and it looked so cozy and inviting. I especially loved this tabletop grouping.

We live in a beautiful world!

P.S. The illuminated box is the work of Louisiana artist Rosslyn Bernard.

Time for Tuesday Beauty

When I’m out feeding our two old sweeties, one of the blessings I receive on a near daily basis is to be up close and personal with Mother Nature.

Of course I don’t always realize the extent of the blessing until later, because I’m too busy at the time trying to stay warm during a snowstorm or cool on a ninety-plus day.

The sound of my complaining sometimes overtakes the beauty I’m receiving.

But then there are other days when I am struck absolutely breathless by something so simple as birds making their way across a blue sky, or the setting sun, or the glint of light in my sweet mare’s eye.

My work seems to be to forgive myself for my humanness and revel in it at the same time.

As my friend  Rebecca sometimes says, “Ain’t life grand?”

We live in a beautiful world!

P.S. Bud seems to be a bit better.
He’s out of the hospital stall and back in the pasture, which makes him a much happier Appaloosa.

Thank you for caring.

Time for Tuesday Beauty

In my backyard at the corner of the deck we have a compact little shrub that turns a glorious shade of red in the fall – a Burning Bush (Euonymus Alatus.)

When the light hits the red leaves just right, it is simply gorgeous.

When I was out doing some yard cleanup, I was enchanted with this terra cotta pot that had become the resting place for some of the leaves that had been loosened by the wind.

They had turned this soft shade of pink. The whole thing was just beautiful.

When I am able to stop, slow down and really look at my world, I am never disappointed. There is so much beauty around us.

We live in a beautiful world!


Time for Tuesday Beauty

When looking for everyday beauty, one must be vigilant, because you never know when the next photograph will present itself.

I was enchanted by these two scooters in downtown Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. And don’t miss the lovely woman in the glass behind them.


We live in a beautiful world!

Time for Tuesday Beauty

Hello Taos, New Mexico!

Hello blue sky.

Hello red chiles.

Hello Fall.

We live in a beautiful world!



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