Enough of the birds (for at least one post).
Butterflies and other things in the heat of summer.
Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia is a beautiful sanctuary near Wolf Trap Farm Park (itself a wonderful performance venue). It was closed for several months due to the pandemic, but has since opened to the public. A great place for a walk, with gently rolling trails, three small ponds, flowers in the spring and summer months.
As an amateur photographer, I originally started this blog with the intent of sharing pictures that I have taken, and perhaps share an occasional thought or two. It turns out I have quite a few things to say and in the process, I haven’t really posted a lot of pictures lately. So in lieu of the few hundred words I may otherwise write, here are some pictures taken at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia.
We are surrounded by beauty. Often times, we look at everything at the most superficial level. We see a pretty face, a pretty dress, a beautiful landscape, a stunning sunset. We travel all over the world to see the Andean glaciers, the auroras in Iceland, the arches and hoodoos of the American southwest, the water wonderland that is Guilin. We dream of going to far off places, depicted so beautifully by thousands of photographers and artists who share the same passion of seeing, drawing, photographing the places and things that have been universally deemed as beautiful.
We ignore the innate beauty around us. From a child gazing longingly at the candy cane in the window, the grandmother being escorted by a loving grandchild as they cross a busy street, to a homeless man grateful for a cup of coffee that a stranger provides. There is so much beauty in the world, if we could only look beyond our preconceptions and prejudices. And wonder at the beauty that is everyday life.
The bluebird singing. The stars in the night sky forming patterns that have guided mankind’s journey throughout the ages. That feather in the grass. Pick it up and look closely. You may be amazed at what you see.