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Find Your Special Place

Find Your Special Place

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You know how life has a tendency to become doggedly predictable at times? Are you wrinkling your nose? I do too sometimes, even though I do much prefer a predictable life to one driven by the frazzle of the unexpected.

The thing is that sometimes, I need to see my life from a different perspective. I want wonder and awe to fill me and power me through the days marked by a sometimes boring but undeniably necessary routine.

When we feel the lack of something, it’s easy to turn our thoughts to the need for big experiences, though that often requires both money and time. It’s an overreaction. Often, all we really need is a little time alone with ourselves, in a place that allows us to simply sit and watch the world. No obligations, other than to enjoy it. 

There’s a lake close to my home that powers me in that way. 

My favorite time to visit is sunrise, when I usually have the place to myself. It’s incredible to just stand there and watch the darkness lift; to see the shifting colors of the sky as the sun arrives. The silent forest doesn’t remain quiet for long. 

Do you have your own special place? If not, it might be a good idea to go find it. All that’s required is that it makes you feel good. It can be your own back yard, or a creek, maybe a meadow. Just a place that lets you breathe and feel content.

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When I go, I always bring my camera. I know a lot of people say it’s difficult to fully experience the present moment if you’re distracted and I won’t disagree, but it usually works out ok. I take some pictures, then pause to enjoy a view not limited by a tiny viewfinder. I imagine birders have the same experience with their binoculars. Artists have their canvas and paint. We’re all there to pay homage to the mystery that lies beyond our daily lives. To reconnect with something important.

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I’ve included pictures from one of my recent visits to my special place. One of these days, I should try to count how many pictures I’ve taken there. I’m pretty sure I’ve got images from every season and every weather condition. Is that a doubtful look on your face? You’re right. There’s no way I’ve covered every weather condition. Well… you know what that means. Maybe I’ll see you out there?

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Bastrop

Bastrop

Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve

Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve