In my opinion, these elephant seals have captured the essence of the holiday season - spending time with people you love, sometimes in awkwardly close quarters, and eating as much delicious food as will fit in our bellies. And, at least in my case, finding some time for generosity and gratitude along the way. I hope you're doing the same, or at least something that you love. Happy Holidays!
I haven’t busted out the macro lens in a while, but the recent rain got me out and hunting for something pretty. And this is what I found. It’s actually quite a small leaf, but looks large through the macro lens. I love knowing that most would walk right by this, but those that take the time to look closely are rewarded with its beauty.
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
Although there is some stiff competition, out of all the places I visited on my recent road trip, Joshua Tree is the one I'm most eager to revisit. Where nearly everywhere you look, massive rock formations poetically separate the sky from the ground.
"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it."
Spending time in the desert was an incredible experience. I’ve said this before, but it’s a place of extremes, in which very little can survive. The days were scorching hot and calm, the nights were freezing cold and gusty. But even with so many extremes, the one constant that stood out to me was that just about anywhere I looked, it was beautiful.
"I don't see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn't need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty.”