Outside the Door

After looking out the door at the same maple tree for many years, I have come to appreciate the various seasonal changes, lighting, and moods associated with the scene.

I enjoy watching the squirrels as they chase each other among the branches and the birds as they flit about. I’ve grown to appreciate the way, especially in autumn, that the afternoon sun lights up the leaves from different angles as it slowly sinks in the western sky.

What a joy to watch a swarm of midges gather in a sunny spot under the branches.  Looking like little fairies, with their dainty wings and little legs, they seem to dance magically in the afternoon sunlight.

We can receive joy from taking note of and appreciating simple, familiar things that are a part of our daily lives.

“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” ~Brene Brown

13 thoughts on “Outside the Door

  1. I have a good size tree outside my bedroom window with a squirrel feeder on it. My daughter keeps it filled with whole kernels of corn and my son in-law attached a camera that records live action, to my porch. The camera is connected to my computer so I can sit here at my computer and watch the squirrels running up and down the tree, chasing each other and eating the corn. We also nailed a big plastic peanut butter jar to the tree  and keep it filled with crunchy peanut butter, they love it, I love your photos!

  2. You’re so right about enjoying the small things Rebecca. In today’s world we need small beautiful things in nature which help counteract those events which bring us down. I liked the photos and the quote was spot on for the pics and narrative.

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