From Our Neck of the Woods
During autumn in the northern latitudes, the natural world showcases spectacular shades of red, orange, gold, and yellow. Color is no longer dependent on wildflowers scattered here and there; rather the earth shines in radiance. On the other hand, during winter in our neck of the woods the trees have dropped their leaves, the grass is brown and has gone into hibernation, the landscape is often white and silent—winter is a time of reflection and a time to be grateful for the many blessings. In the above quote Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s statement that gratitude changes memories into joy rings true for me.
I am grateful for health.
I am grateful for Marty who supports me in my every endeavor.
I am grateful for Phyllis who loves unconditionally.
I am grateful for Wish2 who, in her wildness, understands me.
I am grateful for friends and family.
I am grateful for the gift of being chosen to work on this magazine.
I am grateful for each of you who support Nature Photographer.
And these all bring me joy.
As I write this I realize that in addition to changing memories into joy, gratitude is also humbling. And for me, being humbled brings into perspective that I am only a blink in time. But as a blink I have an obligation to do my best in this journey called life.
The work on this magazine demands that I do my best. Sometimes I make mistakes, and I apologize. Thank you for your support—we are grateful to you, our readers and advertisers. The work I volunteer to do at Tide Mill Organic Farm also demands my best. The cows’ comfort and sometimes their lives depend upon the job being done correctly and I strive to excel. I am grateful for the ability to do these diverse jobs—publishing a magazine and doing barn chores.
Marty and I are gifted with living in a locale that provides outdoor activities. Marty has superb photography locations nearby. And I have the work at Tide Mill Organic Farm, which is physically beneficial as well as giving me a sense of accomplishment and pleasure. We both are grateful for our pursuits in life. They bring us delight.
It is our hope that all your photographic adventures are joyful and richly rewarding. And, also, that all facets of your life provide a reason to celebrate each day.
Thank you for your readership of Nature Photographer. We exist because of you, and it is always a pleasure to talk with you when you call. We wish you peace, love, and superb photography adventures!
Merry Christmas and all the best in 2017—may January to December be filled with joy!