To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilerating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter;
to be thrilled by the stars at night;
to be elated over a birds nest or a wildflower in spring
these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
- John Burroughs
The simple life . . . it hasn't felt very simple this week, or I have made it too complicated! I have felt rushed with a million things and the crunch of the end of the school year and I will admit that I was feeling in a bit of a panic about having pictures for today. It's just that I forgot to breathe . . .
When I became still enough I was once again rewarded by the simple things in life, and some of those things just happen to have four legs!
Horses, beautiful and majestic:
I stopped one day this week to take photos of some horses and the owner
so kindly invited me in to take a closer look. It turns out that this big earth we live
on is really just a small world - She happened to be the person that loaned my daughter's
girlfriend a trailer to transport her horse to his new residence!
Tortoise, fruit loving giant:
Then she told me to follow her, that she had something in her backyard I might be interested in.
An African Spurred Tortoise (or sulcata tortoise). They just happen to be the third largest species
of tortoise in the world. This is benny and she is 11 years old and she loves her fruit and veggies!
There is nothing slow about how she eats those stawberries!
Green Anole Lizard, territorial stealth hunter:
And sometimes to capture a photo you too have to become a stealth hunter.
Just for the record, I won the stare down!
Green Frog, quietly camoflauged:
And if you are too busy to see when you look, then you would miss this very
cute tiny green frog. I was lured over by a beautiful orange butterfly to this agapanthus where
even I almost didn't see this! For some perspective, the stalk of this agapanthus is about 1 inch in
diameter. This is one very small frog that I had to resist taking home with me to my garden.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend filled the the rewards
of a simple life . . . remember to breathe!