This Morning…

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This morning is beautiful.

The sun is shining bight, there are few clouds in the blue sky, and the birds are cheerfully out to play—with a volume of music overpowering to the hum of distant traffic. It’s fact that many wild animals come most to life during the hours around both sunrise and sunset, so those are the best times to catch a view of their energy. Just passed sunrise, it is 7:30AM. I am standing outside, enjoying the chirping of birds around me; they whistle merrily, while gliding from tree to tree. As I watch their performance, a squirrel (balancing on the fence) watches mine. I smile. My heart knows that no matter our species, we all belong as part of the earth. I reside in admiration… The air outside is cold, and the floor is covered with snow, but the warmth of the rising sun beats onto my face. I can feel the heat of its fire. The sunlight is shining towards each tree with brilliance: every texture and vary of color stand out magnificently. I close my eyes, and take an endless breath of freshness… Mother Nature and the elements of Earth are entwining around me.

This morning is perfect.

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© 2013 by Stephanie Himmelman. All Rights Reserved

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The Past in the Present.

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That moment when you wake up from sleep and look outside to the sky. The light is out, but the sun has not yet risen. The sky looks a tone of gray, and the silhouettes of the trees around are shaded black. The outside scenery resembles a black and white photo, and if not for the colors on the interior of our home, one might believe we were living in an old-time photograph… as if brought back in time by the view of our present setting. Without beams of sunlight to grab the sky, color does not exist. And then it’s noticed: beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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© 2012 by Stephanie Himmelman. All Rights Reserved

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Snow Captures Time.

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I live in a residential neighborhood, in the heart of this big city. With the houses and busy streets around us, not many wild animals come near the vicinity of our home. Together, my brother and I own a handful of pets: four dogs and one cat—all of which have miniature-sized paws. It snowed yesterday, a rather large amount. The ground became covered by this glistening white blanket. As I was walking to my front door this evening, I noticed an unfamiliar set of animal tracks in the snow, not belonging to our dogs or cat.

12.20.12 Raccoon Tracks

They were the tracks of a raccoon (and I’m assuming the one I had encountered, face-to-face, a couple months back). What enormous paws it had, so strange and absolute! I retraced its steps as my own, studying the stride of the animal and the positioning of its feet as it hiked. Then, I got to thinking… If it hadn’t snowed last night, I would never have known that the raccoon had come so near to my home. The snow had captured its attendance, like a fossil in the ice. Of all the wildlife living just beyond our hills, who knows how close we come to sometimes crossing paths with one? Every animal is amazing. Interesting and unique. I’m energized to know that a raccoon likes to wander in my yard…

I have the snow to prove it.

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© 2012 by Stephanie Himmelman. All Rights Reserved

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Submit Your Skies

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When the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west, it quintessentially paints a picture in the sky. Dancing clouds, sunrises, sunsets, and the illuminating moon… They can be chromatic, miraculous, extravagant, galvanizing, sometimes mind-bending, and often worthy of a photo shoot. Go ahead: let Mother Nature take your breath away…

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Do you have a photo of the sky that you’d like to share? Follow the tab “Look to the SKY” and select “Submit Your Skies,” or click here, to amaze us with your view. Please Note: to submit a picture, you will need to paste a link–via URL address–into the comment box.

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© 2012 by Stephanie Himmelman. All Rights Reserved

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