For a couple of Sundays now I have been getting up early and heading east into the darkness of pre-dawn.The camera and tripod loaded up to catch sunrise pictures in the eastern Columbia Gorge. Being outside, far from the city, as the day begins and the sun breaks the horizon – that is my happy place.
One of my creative inspirations is the YouTube channel by Thomas Heaton.He is a photographer from England who produces fantastic videos about his adventures in photography, near his home in England and all over the world.
He is collaborating with the BBC on a project called #realhappiness.In a nutshell – encouraging all of us to get up early and get out in nature.Thomas’s involvement is soliciting photographers (that means you) to submit sunrise photos from their happy place to the instagram hashtag #realhappiness.Check out this short video and be inspired.
My recipe for happiness begins here with this flower. The trillium. Three white pedals, three broad leaves. So simple yet so perfect.
Their peak bloom time is brief. Walking in Forest Park, here in Portland, Oregon – they are busting out all over. And each one is lovelier than the last.
Yesterday I interrupted my routine – stopping in the woods for a walk instead of commuting with thousands on the freeway. And that made all the difference. Yes this is a nod to Robert Frost. And William Stafford – “is there a better moment than now?”
As we enter these last few days of 2016 – I have been thinking a lot about the strange year we are ending and wondering what is to come in 2017.As I write these words – people around me are wrapping up their to do lists, making resolutions perhaps, taking this week of down time to recalibrate.Some just look out the window.
Where do we find comfort in these troubled times? The words of great writers? The creative vision of artists? The gospel?
There are few voices in this world sweeter than that of Patsy Cline.I am not Christian but this refrain as sung by Patsy keeps playing in my head.
Just a closer walk with Thee
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea
Daily walking close to Thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be
Let us quietly end this tumultuous year and bring in the new year with hope and goodwill and love for each other.