Saturday, January 2, 2016

Your Sacred Space

It is essential for me
to get back to
nature in the new year.
 
There was a frost on the
lawns in my neighborhood.
This is as close
to the snow as it gets
living here. ; )
 
 
 
The magpies have
unusually long tails.
 
 
 
The skies with their
grey clouds... but have been
so pretty lately.
 
 
 
I often see this white
horse while driving on the
country road close by.
How I wish I could ride him.
 
 
 
Listen to the trees
as they sway in the wind.
Their leaves are
telling secrets.  Their bark
sings songs of olden
days as it grows around the
trunks.  And their
roots give names to all things.
Their language has
been lost. 
But not the gestures.
 
~Vera Nazarian
 
 
Not sure what bird makes
its nest here.
 
 
Got a close up of this
fellow, as he
passed right by me.
 
 
Your sacred space is
where you can find yourself
again and again.
 
~Joseph Campbell
 
That would be nature, for me.
 
~Sheri
 


26 comments:

Mary Smither said...

Sherry, the same with me, I love nature! Those trees are beautiful! Hope you have a great 2016!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Nature is the place to find peace, dear Sheri. You have a wonderful area filled with unique beauty. I love the tree all stark and down to its bare nakedness. Lovely contrast. And seeing the turkey is fun! We had quite a hard frost this morning and it does resemble snow. Have a peace filled new year, my friend! xo ♥

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

I also feel the need to be close to nature in the New Year… after all the glitz and sparkle of the holidays … in fact first thing this morning , I was in the garden pruning the roses. It felt so good. I love your nature pictures Sheri… Happy New Year!!!

Regine Karpel said...

Beautiful

Dee said...

I agree, Sheri, there's nothing like being outdoors and enjoying nature close up. Wow, that white horse really is beautiful, I can see why you like him so much... :)

Susie said...

Sheri, I loved your pictures. You always get good bird photos. That gnarly tree is wonderful. I like being outdoors. Today the sun was shining although the temps were in the 20's...I sat on the porch with the sun on my face and said my prayers. I loved it. It always feels like a kiss from God when I feel the warmth of the sun on a cold day. Your lawn looked nice with it's frost. Blessings, love you, Susie

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Sheri! Thank you so much for sharing.

20 North Ora said...

Everyone should have their own sacred place. Pretty photos!1

Judy

Doreen@househoneys said...

The tree you pictures is beautiful Sheri! I've always been fascinated by trees, particularly ones that have interesting shapes like that one. I've been seeing quite a few like that while traveling down to Florida, especially in Savannah.

Happy New Year Sheri!

(Please forgive me for not commenting recently. Although we have a hotspot, it's terrible and very difficult for me to read and comment on blogs. This is my fourth time trying. Hope it works!)

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Wow I truly got lost in my imagination through this beautiful photo essay. Thank you for this - it's been a most appreciated gift.
xoxo,
Vera

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy New Year, dear friend.
What a wonderful post!!! I love the the photos... You have such an eye for beauty, finding it in just about everything in nature... Unable to spend time on the computer, and I have missed you. Thank you for always coming over, even when I am not around...

There was frost on my lawn this past week also... Poor little Jasper went out back very early in the morning after the sprinklers went off... The water turned to ice and he slid across the cement.. No harm done, but very surprised.
Blessings dear friend
Penny

Imogen said...

Sounds like such a positive thing for the new year. The little details are so sweet- the blue on the birds, the touches of frost, the shapes of the tree branches.

It's me said...

Lovely!....happy new day....love Ria x ❤️

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dear, dear friend.

I spent yesterday in the company of nature and my husband, as we went out on a very SUNNY but frigid day. I know exactly what you are expressing here....

The older I get, the more I want to keep company with nature. I love the excitement of creations made by human hands, the art, the home décor, the thrill of the hunt in an antique store in order to acquire a piece of history. HOWEVER, there is no place like the home nature provides. This "home" is that sweet spot, that center in which I find myself every time I see a bird, cherish the sunrise, bid goodnight to a sunset. I find myself there, I find Christ. We all need to get back to nature in whatever way we can, and THAT HORSE! Did you think of ME? You know I adore white horses! Oh do I love them...

Yes, nature is about as close as you can get to the real self...I always say, "We were meant to be in the garden from the very beginning. It's in our genes."

Much happiness to you as you ponder the skies and feathered creatures and the beasts of the earth. Much love, Anita

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh, what a lovely post to read and look at.
This has started my Sunday off very nicely, thank you.

Good wishes to you and the family for a Happy and Healthy 2016

All the best Jan

Wood Fairy said...

Hello, I found you via Catherine's blog... I think maybe your birds nest is made by the magpies - I have seen them building nests here - they are messy workers and don't care about them looking pretty! squirrels also build messy nests that can look like a broken/fallen birds nest! In the UK we have rain rain and more rain, your frosty pictures look beautiful and I would welcome some sparkly frost. Betty

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This is really lovely! Happy 2016 dear!


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Bety said...

I love nature, too!
The views that she gives us, always wear our soul peace.Happy 2016 dear!

Carla from The River said...

Me too!
When I am having a poor day, heading outside is the best for me.
I love the quote from Joseph Campbell.
Carla

Lucy martin said...

Such Tranquility Sheri..Beautiful shot of the horses I find it's tricky to photograph them..

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Sheri,
How sweet of you to stop in... I am so happy you enjoyed Wesley and friends..
Well, we are off and running.. A new year, I hope filled with love, laughter and peace... Wishing you a beautiful day, my friend.
blessings,
Penny

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Dearest Sheri,
This was beautiful.
Truly so and living a life that is surrounded with nature, observing nature, living with a deliberate mindset and awareness of all of God's creatures is truly essential to living a focused, kind, giving, respectful and gracious life.
Your Sacred place is beautiful and thank you for sharing this precious part of you with us.
Wishing you a peaceful journey through the upcoming year-may it also be gentle, loving and healthy for you sweet friend.
Love,
Jemma

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Hi Sheri! Visiting you back from my blog....thank you so much for visiting me. I love your blog and scrolled down to read a few posts. It is different from the other blogs I follow and very refreshing. I love the photography! How important to find a sacred place to renew ourselves, especially at the beginning of a new year.

Antee Gurung said...

hi dear and first of all happy new year.

coming to the post i do believe we all need to have that sacred space where we can relax unwind and find our inner peace!!!

anyways take care

xoxo

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Sheri, truly beauty in nature when we stop to really look. Your photos are beautiful. Having a sacred place to reflect and be at peace is a gift. Wishing you a wonderful new year filled with many blessings and much joy. Thank you for your friendship all these years. xo

Marcia Pilar said...

The sea and silence for me.
Beautiful post, Sheri.
xo