Stopping and noticing the beauty around you….in the midst of busyness and preparing for Create Explore Discover I stopped my car in my driveway, got out and took photos of my gingko trees. The leaves were falling and gathering in a large yellow puddle around the base of the tree. Something deep inside beckoned me to stop and capture my favorite color and tree. I recall last year taking a similar photo just a few days after having surgery. Wow how far I’ve come in just one short year.
The shapes, the color, the gentleness of this leaf continue to inspire me. It makes me think of my time in Chicago and all the old gingko trees that are in Oak Park and the surrounding neighborhoods in the city. They are a very slow growing tree which to me makes them wise and full of stories of generations, how much they must have witnessed.
Arriving at the retreat site, I captured the sun streaks over these four chairs. Is one of these chairs waiting for you? I wondered and stopped to take in the beauty that would surround me for the next 4 days.