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It snowed today. A lot. After freezing rain. But these aren’t problems, they’re simply facts. I got to work safely because I have a reliable car, I know how to drive in winter conditions, I have an apartment with heat and electricity that made sure my alarm went of this morning. I can afford to have a weird ass little dog who forces me to keep a routine. I got to come home and do what I wanted to do, not what I had to do like take care of a family or get ready to head to another job or nurse an aching body from a physically demanding day or illness. So it snowed. So what? Tomorrow is a new day, and the spring flowers will be seen again. The world won’t self-destruct tomorrow despite what the news says. We’re all doing okay, and sometimes okay is the best we can be. And our best is our best and we should applaud ourselves for making it to this point. After hard weeks or big achievements I like to give myself a literal pat on the back and say “good job self.” I encourage you to do the same. Because if you aren’t willing to give yourself the recognition or encouragement you deserve, you’ll starve waiting for someone else to do it. And you might even catch yourself being more willing to give it to someone else.

#thoughts #reflections #thursdaythoughts #thanksforreading #flowers #flowergram #flowersofig #flowersofinstagram #potd #nature #naturelover #bebetter #beanencourager #todaywasagoodday

It snowed today. A lot. After freezing rain. But these aren’t problems, they’re simply facts. I got to work safely because I have a reliable car, I know how to drive in winter conditions, I have an apartment with heat and electricity that made sure my alarm went of this morning. I can afford to have a weird ass little dog who forces me to keep a routine. I got to come home and do what I wanted to do, not what I had to do like take care of a family or get ready to head to another job or nurse an aching body from a physically demanding day or illness. So it snowed. So what? Tomorrow is a new day, and the spring flowers will be seen again. The world won’t self-destruct tomorrow despite what the news says. We’re all doing okay, and sometimes okay is the best we can be. And our best is our best and we should applaud ourselves for making it to this point. After hard weeks or big achievements I like to give myself a literal pat on the back and say “good job self.” I encourage you to do the same. Because if you aren’t willing to give yourself the recognition or encouragement you deserve, you’ll starve waiting for someone else to do it. And you might even catch yourself being more willing to give it to someone else.

#thoughts #reflections #thursdaythoughts #thanksforreading #flowers #flowergram #flowersofig #flowersofinstagram #potd #nature #naturelover #bebetter #beanencourager #todaywasagoodday
18 0 11 October, 2019
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My to do list for this weekend:
• do no harm, but take no shit
• laugh until my face hurts
• be brave enough to start a conversation that matters
• keep a promise I made to someone
• thank myself for never giving up on me
• breathe...it’s the first thing we do when we come into this world, it’s the last thing we do when we leave it

Also, this picture is everything for me right now. The colors and lines and sun flares and memories. A touch of summer as autumn begins her visit before winter settles in. Take me back to lilac scented breezes off a bay, warmed by the blessed summer sun, and surrounded by the ringing of laughter on a perfectly spent afternoon.

My to do list for this weekend:
• do no harm, but take no shit
• laugh until my face hurts
• be brave enough to start a conversation that matters
• keep a promise I made to someone
• thank myself for never giving up on me
• breathe...it’s the first thing we do when we come into this world, it’s the last thing we do when we leave it

Also, this picture is everything for me right now. The colors and lines and sun flares and memories. A touch of summer as autumn begins her visit before winter settles in. Take me back to lilac scented breezes off a bay, warmed by the blessed summer sun, and surrounded by the ringing of laughter on a perfectly spent afternoon.
17 0 28 September, 2019
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Walk toward the light, or don’t. I’m just here for all that contrast. Perspective. They left the door open, I wandered in. Saw what there was to see. Took nothing but photos and left the way I came. Silent and unnoticed.

#justbecause #blackandwhite #bandw #bw #contrast #perspective #photography #church #architecture #leadinglines

Walk toward the light, or don’t. I’m just here for all that contrast. Perspective. They left the door open, I wandered in. Saw what there was to see. Took nothing but photos and left the way I came. Silent and unnoticed.

#justbecause #blackandwhite #bandw #bw #contrast #perspective #photography #church #architecture #leadinglines
19 0 21 September, 2019
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Mackinac Island, Michigan

Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away...except maybe not these clouds. I’ll take these feathery wisps on that perfect sky blue any day of the week.

#puremichigan #michigan #mackinacisland #mackinac #thegreatlakesstate #gonetothelake #upnorth #upnorthmichigan #summer #travelgram #letstakeawalk #icouldstayhere #church #architecture #latergram #vacation

Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away...except maybe not these clouds. I’ll take these feathery wisps on that perfect sky blue any day of the week.

#puremichigan #michigan #mackinacisland #mackinac #thegreatlakesstate #gonetothelake #upnorth #upnorthmichigan #summer #travelgram #letstakeawalk #icouldstayhere #church #architecture #latergram #vacation
17 0 14 September, 2019
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“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”
- Plato

Some thoughts to ponder on with this photo from an adventure 6 years ago. I was 26 years old, living in my parent’s basement, in separation limbo as I waited for the court date to be set for my divorce. Somehow in all of that chaos and dismay I managed to get myself outside with my camera. I found these old growth trees in one of the parks in the town where I grew up. And we spent an afternoon together. Them showing off and me showing my gratitude and appreciation for what it must have taken for them to grow to such heights in the adversity of this world. It gave me hope for my situation and where I was going. In order to grow we must surround ourselves with nourishing things and people. So nourish yourself. Look up. Grow baby, grow.

#quotestoliveby #quotes #quote #plato #tree #treelovers #trees #treesofinstagram #gotakeawalk #letstakeawalk #getoutside #optoutside #grow #growth #thoughts #nature #neature #naturephotography #naturelover

“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”
- Plato

Some thoughts to ponder on with this photo from an adventure 6 years ago. I was 26 years old, living in my parent’s basement, in separation limbo as I waited for the court date to be set for my divorce. Somehow in all of that chaos and dismay I managed to get myself outside with my camera. I found these old growth trees in one of the parks in the town where I grew up. And we spent an afternoon together. Them showing off and me showing my gratitude and appreciation for what it must have taken for them to grow to such heights in the adversity of this world. It gave me hope for my situation and where I was going. In order to grow we must surround ourselves with nourishing things and people. So nourish yourself. Look up. Grow baby, grow.

#quotestoliveby #quotes #quote #plato #tree #treelovers #trees #treesofinstagram #gotakeawalk #letstakeawalk #getoutside #optoutside #grow #growth #thoughts #nature #neature #naturephotography #naturelover
22 0 8 September, 2019
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Two reminders for you as you head into the weekend:

1. An open heart is not a weakness, it is perhaps the strongest force in the universe.

2. It's not your fault you're fucked up, it's your fault if you stay fucked up.

#flowergram #flowerstagram #flowerlovers #flowerlover #flower #flowers #peonyflower #peony #nature #naturelover #naturephotography #photography #potd #instagood #quotestoliveby

Two reminders for you as you head into the weekend:
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1. An open heart is not a weakness, it is perhaps the strongest force in the universe.
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2. It's not your fault you're fucked up, it's your fault if you stay fucked up.
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#flowergram #flowerstagram #flowerlovers #flowerlover #flower #flowers #peonyflower #peony #nature #naturelover #naturephotography #photography #potd #instagood #quotestoliveby
21 0 24 August, 2019
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Sometimes there are gifts, messages, that are given to you in such a way that you can’t ignore them or who they’re from. If you know, then you know.

Sometimes there are gifts, messages, that are given to you in such a way that you can’t ignore them or who they’re from. If you know, then you know.
10 0 15 August, 2019
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“There is nothing more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little - the book of Nature.”
- Claude Debussy

There’s a whole lot of perfect happening in this picture, from this moment that was captured. Perfect day, perfect view, perfect company, perfect timing...and it’s all perfect because of how imperfect this life often is. Enjoy it!

#colorado #colorfulcolorado #coloradolife #coloradoliving #thatviewthough #becausemountains #mountains #cloudporn #nature #naturelover #neature #letstakeawalk #icouldstayhere #lovewhereyoulive #summer #reflection #sunset #goodnightsun #goodnightworld

“There is nothing more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little - the book of Nature.”
- Claude Debussy

There’s a whole lot of perfect happening in this picture, from this moment that was captured. Perfect day, perfect view, perfect company, perfect timing...and it’s all perfect because of how imperfect this life often is. Enjoy it!

#colorado #colorfulcolorado #coloradolife #coloradoliving #thatviewthough #becausemountains #mountains #cloudporn #nature #naturelover #neature #letstakeawalk #icouldstayhere #lovewhereyoulive #summer #reflection #sunset #goodnightsun #goodnightworld
16 0 12 August, 2019
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Helllooooo #waterfallwednesday, comin at ya from beautiful Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the aptly named, Paradise, Michigan. A close shot of the Upper Falls, also known as the Root Beer Falls because of its brown color, looking very rusty here thanks to the mid-afternoon sun.

#puremichigan #michigan #michigansummer #mittenstate #greatlakesstate #tahquamenonfalls #gotakeahike #vacation #summer #travelgram #roadtrip #upperpeninsula #icouldstayhere #letstakeawalk #neature #nature #naturelover #landscape #panoramic #thatviewthough #summer #optoutside #adventure #waterfallsofinstagram #chasingwaterfalls #latergram

Helllooooo #waterfallwednesday, comin at ya from beautiful Tahquamenon Falls State Park in the aptly named, Paradise, Michigan. A close shot of the Upper Falls, also known as the Root Beer Falls because of its brown color, looking very rusty here thanks to the mid-afternoon sun.

#puremichigan #michigan #michigansummer #mittenstate #greatlakesstate #tahquamenonfalls #gotakeahike #vacation #summer #travelgram #roadtrip #upperpeninsula  #icouldstayhere #letstakeawalk #neature #nature #naturelover #landscape #panoramic #thatviewthough #summer #optoutside #adventure #waterfallsofinstagram #chasingwaterfalls #latergram
32 0 1 August, 2019
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It’s good to take a little stroll down memory lane sometimes. Or in a photographer’s case, open up the archives to see what gems you missed before. Found this one from a vacation to Michigan several years ago just waiting to be brushed up and shared. If you haven’t been to Grand Haven, it’s worth a visit.

#puremichigan #mittenstate #thegreatlakes #greatlakesstate #lighthouse #lakemichigan #gojumpinthelake #gonetothelake #grandhaven #adventure #optoutside #landscape #blackandwhite #bandw #letstakeawalk #icouldstayhere #thatviewthough #summer #vacation #travelgram #latergram #lighthousesofinstagram #lighthouselovers #lighthouses #lighthouselove

It’s good to take a little stroll down memory lane sometimes. Or in a photographer’s case, open up the archives to see what gems you missed before. Found this one from a vacation to Michigan several years ago just waiting to be brushed up and shared. If you haven’t been to Grand Haven, it’s worth a visit.

#puremichigan #mittenstate #thegreatlakes #greatlakesstate #lighthouse #lakemichigan #gojumpinthelake #gonetothelake #grandhaven #adventure #optoutside #landscape #blackandwhite #bandw #letstakeawalk #icouldstayhere #thatviewthough #summer #vacation #travelgram #latergram #lighthousesofinstagram #lighthouselovers #lighthouses #lighthouselove
30 0 21 July, 2019
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Who else goes on hikes and when you see things like this mushroom growing in the middle of the path hear Bob Ross in your head saying “and over here we have a happy little mushroom”? Just me?

Mushroom variety unknown. Didn’t touch it, or take a look to see if there were gills under the cap. Unless you can be 100% certain of the identity of the fungus you’re looking at it’s always best to play it safe with wild mushrooms.

#happylittlemushroom #mushroom #mushrooms #letstakeahike #nature #naturelover #optoutside #letstakeawalk #gotakeahike #fungi #fungus #fungusamongus #mushroomphotography #wildmushroom #mushroomsofinstagram #mushroomspotting #fantasticfungi #mycology #summer #vacation #neature

Who else goes on hikes and when you see things like this mushroom growing in the middle of the path hear Bob Ross in your head saying “and over here we have a happy little mushroom”? Just me?

Mushroom variety unknown. Didn’t touch it, or take a look to see if there were gills under the cap. Unless you can be 100% certain of the identity of the fungus you’re looking at it’s always best to play it safe with wild mushrooms.

#happylittlemushroom #mushroom #mushrooms #letstakeahike #nature #naturelover #optoutside #letstakeawalk #gotakeahike #fungi #fungus #fungusamongus #mushroomphotography #wildmushroom #mushroomsofinstagram #mushroomspotting #fantasticfungi #mycology #summer #vacation #neature
46 0 20 July, 2019