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Yellow Blossoms

Yellow Blossoms Desert Spring

Yellow Blossoms Desert Spring

When spring rolls around you would think in the desert there wouldn’t be much to show that the seasons have changed but you’d be wrong. In the spring we get green grasses that come up around the cactus, each type of cactus has a type of bloom to display some lovely colors. My recent visit to Springs Preserve allowed me to capture several beautiful blooms that various cactus were showcasing for all willing to notice to see.

These beautiful yellow blooms are from one of those cacti displaying that even in the desert beauty is all around us. With that said do you notice the beauty around you or are you going at such a pace that life is a blur, let alone the beauty that is around you? This image is one of those stop and smell the roses or view the beauty that God has given us to enjoy. Yes, there are some rather painful thorns with these cacti, yet these bright yellow flowers reach towards the sun during the spring season.

Doesn’t life have challenges or thorns that we all have to endure and overcome to then see the beauty that was there all along? There is beauty around you when you struggle through the pain of delivering a baby. Beauty of giving your daughter away at a wedding where you think you are losing her but you gain a son and his family. Open your eyes to see the beauty around you, as it might be the one thing you need to see to help you through your challenge to motivate you to push forward.

I like to share the beautiful things in nature that God has given us through my photographs to remind you that there is more than the blur you see in your daily life. Be thankful for the lovely things around you, your ability to see them clearly, the colors, the smells, and the struggles they face to be there for you. Be thankful for the smiles, the hugs, the kisses and the I Love You as well, each is precious.

I hope you see the beauty around you. Leave a comment below about something you have seen recently or share this with someone you think it would touch. Have a blessed day!

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Hidden Beauty

Red Desert Flower Hiding in the Trees

Red Desert Flower Hiding in the Trees

There is beauty in many things in this world. Sometimes though you have to look more closely to see it and most of us when it comes to nature will walk right past it without even a glance. On a recent trip to Springs Preserve in Las Vegas with family and friends there was plenty of beautiful desert blooming flowers all around on the pathways and then there were some not on the pathways that you had to look a little deeper to see. That’s what this image is for me. A look at beauty not so easily found as this magnificent red desert flower peeks through the greenery of the trees.

As I go through life not only do I see many amazing and beautiful flowers, landscapes, seascapes, forest and wildlife, but I also notice the beauty in people. Making someone smile sometimes is all it takes to make the eyes sparkle, there own smile to grow into a more lively and vividly expressive face, but it also brings out the heart within the person. Take the time to say hello or just smile at someone and see how a sad or depressed expression can turn into a face of thankfulness that you even noticed to look or speak to him or her.

Life is full of challenges for all of us and some days we just don’t feel appreciated, accepted, wanted or loved. This one act will do more good for a person than you even realize. There have been countless stories told of people that thought no one noticed them or cared and they were only moments from eliminating themselves from this world. Learn to look outward at those around you and not so much as your phone and own problems. I know for myself when I focus on others it helps me to feel better because I took the time to give hope, share, be kind or even smile and that in itself helps me when I am feeling low.

Give it a try sometime and see how many people you can make smile. Spreading love to others should never be a chore but a pleasurable experience for all.

If this blog post was inspiring to you or could be to someone else you know, please forward it, or leave a comment below at how you try to show you care to others that are strangers to you. Have a blessed day!

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In my own Backyard

Quail on Lookout on top of a Tree in Backyard.

Quail on Lookout on top of a Tree in Backyard.

Quail are one of the many animals that are abundant in my area. A couple times a year you will find them being trailed by these tiny little babies no bigger than my thumb. They are so adorable and I find the sounds they make to be relaxing when I sit upon my porch.

When we had horses our covered area we stored the hay we came upon a nest of Quail eggs. At that point we (my husband and I) that we would feed our horses around that stack to keep the nest in tact until they hatched. Since we always feed our horses at a certain time every day the mom must of knew when we were coming around because she would leave but only long enough for us to get in and get the hay we needed and then get out to not disturb her nest. We would hide in the trees nearby and watch as she returned to sit upon the eggs and watch over them.

A few weeks later these tiny little Quail babies were roaming the yard with the family. They stayed close to where the nest was for a couple more weeks so we were careful when feeding our horses but this little family finally moved on to other nearby coverage in trees and shrubs to stay safe from predators. The Quail among other wildlife is one of the reasons we like living in our area. The desert can be beautiful but you must look for the beauty sometimes when you are fighting the heat.

Hope you have a Blessed day!

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First Day of Autumn

Tree Leaves in the Fall - Image by Lisa Ballan

Tree Leaves in the Fall – Image by Lisa Ballan

Today is the first day of autumn for 2014, what a season of beauty. The change in colors in the tree leaves, the various plants and flowers that only bloom during this time are all so wonderful to view. I hope your eyes are open and you are enjoying the wonder and beauty around you. It would be a shame for you to miss it because you are focused too much on work or earning a living. It only takes a few minutes to look around you and take in the season of change.

Above is a photo I took of trees changing their colors for the season. The funny thing is when I took this image it was late October before they were actually changing. That’s how things are in the desert.

I try to look at each season as a reminder that change is a good thing. Fall signifies that the most to me due to how the leaves change colors before they drop off for the next season. Everyone has things in their lives that they wish to change. Why wait until the beginning of the year to do so? Start now baby steps for anything you wish to do are still steps in the right direction.

Many blessings to you today!

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Beauty in Nature

Closeup of a Pink Flower

Closeup of a Pink Flower

 

I am constantly amazed at the beauty in nature all around me. It does not matter if I’m in the desert, in a forest, or at the ocean. The saying, stop and smell the roses, comes to mind as we walk by such beautiful things every single day and most of us don’t even notice them. Life would be less stressful for all of us if we did.

There is a pair of ground owls a few streets from my home that live in some tunnels they created on a property that’s been for sale for some time. When it is getting close to sunset I will take a drive down that street and just look at them. This year I got to see a third ground owl with the other two so a baby was added to the family. I’ve yet to be able to get what I consider a good photograph of them, as I don’t like to stop to long so that they don’t become nervous of my presence.

It’s also known that the first thing the owls will go for is your eyes if they feel threatened and I personally would like to keep my vision so I can enjoy the beauty they add to our world. I hope you will take time to add some beauty to your life. It’s not about just going through each day, stuck in your routines and trying to juggle all of life. It’s also about enjoying that which is around you all the time, each season, a flower, an animal, clouds, rainbows and even sunsets.

Share in the beauty around you and I hope you have a blessed day!

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