Red

red flower

Red

Red has got to be one of my very favorite colors.  For me, it brings about a feeling of happiness.  There are several interesting facts about red by those who study such things.  For example, red has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived.  The color red even affects us physically!  It increases enthusiasm, stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate, encourages action and confidence,  and even provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety.*  Why wouldn’t it be a favorite?

*All About the color RED on the www.

 

Desert Moonrise

moonrise in the desert

Desert Moonrise

This gorgeous scene was one we came upon while exploring beautiful Arches National Park a few years ago.  The colors of the desert are so rich and rewarding at certain times of the day.  I love the reds and oranges in the rocks in this shot, and the rising moon just made it a “must shoot” situation.  I am so grateful to have traveled to so many stunning places across the beautiful United States.

Chicory

purple chicory flower

Chicory

This purple flowering chicory image is actually the opposite view from an earlier post – Morning Light.  These weedy looking wildflowers grow abundantly this time of year here in Virginia.  I love the almost beaded look of the center.  These flowers are more showy in the morning, and tend to close up later in the day.  I guess this is one of those incentives for waking up early.

Be Still

crescent moon in Valley of the Gods

Be Still

In light of both public and private events of the last many days, this photo of the crescent moon in the evening sky at Valley of the Gods reminds me to be still and know…

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33  NLT

 

Starfish

starfish intricacies

Starfish

This image reminds me of one of the reasons I started this photo blog… to be more tuned in to the beauty of my surroundings… to really see.  This image was actually shot on a shopping day on my recent visit to Sedona, Arizona.  Outside one of the many goodie filled shops in Tlaquepaque, was a simple wicker basket filled with starfish.  It struck me that among all of the beautiful man made jewelery, scarves, wind chimes, and other treasures inside the shops, the unbelievable intricacies of these God created starfish simply could not be outdone.  I really love coming upon unexpected treats like this one in life, and am glad that I was “untangled enough” (at least on this particular day) to see it.

Bicycles

bicycles in montreal

Bicycles

There was something about this line of bicycles at the Old Port of Montreal that I found to be so picturesque.  Montreal is one of those places that is vastly different depending on the season.  The winters tend to be so bleak and blustery, that once summer comes, people really get out and enjoy it.  In the summer of 2010, I was glad to be one of those strolling the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal.

Anticipation

gate in the desert southwest

Anticipation

We’re down to 27 days to go until this year’s mission trip to the beautiful Southwest.  It is with eager anticipation that I wonder what blessings are in store for us this year.  The big expanse of blue, open sky is  only one of the sights that I am looking forward to seeing again.  The children and adults who we are fortunate enough to interact with, and who live in this beautiful landscape, are also on my list!  Looking forward to being filled…

Surf’s Up

surfer in Maui, Hawaii

Surf’s Up

Hawaii has no shortage of beaches.  There are beaches for every activity imaginable… beaches for swimming, beaches for snorkeling, beaches for sunning, beaches for picnicking, beaches for turtle watching, and beaches for surfing and windsurfing.  Ho’okipa Beach, in Maui, Hawaii, is the place to go to watch surfers and windsurfers brave the waves.  It is known as “the windsurfing capital of the world.”  Spending some time here watching the adventurous surfers catch the waves is quite entertaining, and simply, quintessentially, Hawaii!

Aging Gracefully

aging red wine in oak barrels

Aging Gracefully

We are lucky enough here in Virginia to have several nice wineries within easy driving distance.  I always find the oak barrels, often used for aging, to be so interesting.  These particular barrels were especially beautiful set against the blue, fall sky. They were shot on a visit to Villa Appalachia, located along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.