Summer Trails

The thing about new jobs is that they take some time.

And I was more than happy to give some of mine and it meant this blog wasn’t updated for a few weeks, but I’M BACK.

With more hearts.

Because I kept finding them. It never ends and I couldn’t be more grateful or happy for that fact.

Finding the new job, however, is a story that will unfold further as I post more of the hearts I found.

Over the summer I would often take my camera out and explore the world with it in hand, looking for life’s wonders or curiosities.

There were so many reasons I could’ve used as excuses to stay stressed out or unhappy. Rather than let it get to me, I would take to the trails to look for the beauty in nature that fed my soul and reminded me of all the things I have to be grateful for, regardless of how stressed out I felt.

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It’s how my afternoons often went, while wandering through the trails, camera in hand. My favorite lenses to shoot with are hand-me-downs given to me when I got my first DSLR. They’re made of metal so strong it could probably fall from a 20 storey building and bounce off the ground, unscathed. I have the 70s and 80s to thank for that kind of handiwork. I take those lenses with me everywhere and clean them dutifully after each session out because I want to make sure that I have them for years to come.

Flowers, wildlife, sitting under trees in the sunshine with my writing and finding massive spiders that I dared to try photographing. I put my iPod on and walked the trails with a faint smile on my face as I simply noticed the world around me without names I wanted to give it all.

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And at the end of the day after dinner, I went for another walk to soak up as much of the sunshine as I could, when I found a heart in the paint, on the top of a stump near a park I was passing by.

Sometimes all you have to do is look for the things that make you say, “WOW!” and you find so much more.

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