Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #761 – Looks like a fossil, but it is not!


I get as easily distracted as my dogs at all the new things that pass by our eyes.

My dogs are having a real hard time trying to figure out what purpose squirrels are to serve other than to chase.

Me, just about anything that I am not used to seeing will most certainly deter me from my appointed task. The simple form of the shell of a snail leads me into a world of amazement and wonder. Ah, mindfulness is a great place to be wherever you happen to be.

Enjoy what you see…..monos en theos †† jim


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“Who would have thought it possible that a tiny little flower could preoccupy a person so completely that there simply wasn’t room for any other thought.”  
–  Sophie Scholl 

I do with that I could say the above saying applies.

But I have done little to slow and take time to just be.

I get wasted whiling time away

on things that seem important

that have to get the done today.

It can be such a burden

letting time, dew, and flowers

fly past, not stopping

just hurrying away!

stop and feel the dew! en theos monos † jim


IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #567 – A gate to the beauty of the end of day

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

We have been so blessed with our weather (rain), cool temperatures, lots of bugs & butterflies, and some of the best  southwest Texas sunrises & sunsets. This view was given to me earlier this week on our evening walk with Clovis & Grace.  A little more than a block away from my home I came upon this structure and view. I have walked past a thousand times giving it little more than a glimpse. On this evening it was aglow in that brief gift of the golden hour and one just had to stop and admire. To wonder not only of God’s work, but what man had long ago crafted this gate. Before there was a neighborhood, it was his ranch, his land and I had never walked by.

Gates are made to both keep out and to let in. It let in a moment of wonder and reflection that now sits in my overflowing cupboard of life’s blessings.

Are  gates keeping you out or letting you in? ††† en theos ††† jimwork

Photos on the journey #489 – Leaves at the bottom of the bubbles.

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Somedays you just have to look harder to find what is right in front of you.

It was a bit windy yesterday, and I sat by our little fountain while trying to make an image of a mud dauber at work. He was fighting the wind has much or more than me. I gave up attempting to stay in focus in the wind. He stayed with it and made me feel all the more a sluggard. I turned my attention to the slower moving bubbles and was fascinated how I could see the sharp image of the leaves on the bottom of the fountain in clear focus. I added some stars to the specular highlights via Knoll Light Factory photoshop plug in.

Does make oneself to try to be more mindful and take what you are given, not just what you want.

Peaceout ††† en theos ††† jlawrence

Photos on the journey #433


Be in the Moment

by Rick Tocquigny, author of Life Lessons:

Mindfulness is a terrible thing to waste. If mindfulness is not your closest traveling companion, test yourself the next time you see a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
Can you stand still for a few minutes and watch our Creator’s artistic skills at work? Happiness and peace are staring you in the face. Tranquility and beauty are there for you to behold.

“Let happiness catch you.” — Angela Cartwright

I went out and was waiting to catch a full moon rise. I waited and I waited, and then I turned around and on the next sand dune to the west was the great red ball of life screaming at me like a little kid, “take my picture, take my picture!” Yes be in the moment, but also be aware of what is around you in the moment!!!!!!

Pezful EZ feelin’ @U ††† en theos ††† jim