Sunday, June 25, 2006

Shoots


Because it's been such a busy writing week for me, I haven't spent as much time with the camera as I would like. My wife came to the same conclusion when she realized we haven't been taking pictures a whole lot in recent days. Admittedly, I felt sad when I mulled it over for a few seconds: what moments did we miss? Now we'll never know.

Time to get back behind the lens, then.

This image is one of the oodles captured when we went to the great peninsula to the south last winter. I rather liked the visual flow of the leaves. This picture brought me comfort when we returned home and our windows were filled with frost and snow.

This speaks of warmth, togetherness and peace: which, not altogether coincidentally, is what I'm feeling right now as I listen to our kids play together on a Sunday morning and I watch my wife get our home's day underway.

I hope you'll take a moment to slowly consider these three related concepts: Warmth, togetherness and peace. May your Sunday - and every day beyond - be filled with ample amounts of both.

Your turn: What makes you smile from your heart on a quiet weekend morning?

28 comments:

utenzi said...

Michele sent me, Carmi.

This question is easy for me. Wild critters. I love to watch the birds and rabbits outside my windows. I have occasional deer but it's mostly smaller animals. I even like to watch the evil cat that keeps eating birds near my bird feeders. I guess he thinks that it's a cat feeder.

kenju said...

The cardinals outside my back door, the frogs on the deck and in the window, reading the Sunday paper, hot coffee ever-flowing and just basking in the aura of peacefulness. Tomorrow wil be another story entirely!


Michele sent me this time.

Terri said...

Hi...from Michele's today.
In answer to your question...the sun shining brightly, birds flying to my Chinaberry tree and their feeders giving much more to me in the form of a symphony than I give to them with food, that first cup of fragrant coffee, and the antics of my cats and dogs. Life is good.
Loved your photo...you captured the concept of peace and tranquility.

Eerek said...

Hello from Michele's.

Peacefulness wold be NOT being awakened by the dogs at 6 a.m., but peace is being outside with them while the birds sing nad I realize that in that house, asleep, and the three reasons I'm happiest in this whole world.

Then, you know, all heck breaks loose...

Tia said...

Hi Carmi! I'm here from michele's, although I probably would have popped by regardless. What a beautiful post. We are fortunate to be living surrounded by palms, and I appreciate the new association you gave me for them...

What makes me smile from my heart?.... Hmmmm... there are so many things....... The sound of the mourning doves in our back yard in the morning, the way a slight breeze makes our buddha bamboo speak to us, the smell of an approaching thunder storm, sharing a cup of coffee with my love first thing in the morning in our back patio........

Thank you for the guestion - always nice to think of reasons to be grateful.. Wishing you all the same!

Mrs. Fun said...

waking to find my three older kids playing a board game together. sweet whispers are heard. they don't wanna wake mama too early :)


I went a whole month with barely a handful of pictures taken. I hope that never hapens again.

and i've moved my blog ;-)

Last Girl On Earth said...

Hey Carmi. As always, a visit to your blog brings a smile to my face. I'm thinking of a nice long walk with my little puppy. Although if we get caught in a downpour, I might not be smiling so hard. But heck, it's only water! I LOVE that picture. Do you mind if I use it for a screensaver? I'm YEARNING for a trip to the beach!

kenju said...

Michele sent me back, Carmi. I meant to say before that I love palm fronds; they are so graceful in the wind and make a nice clacking noise. I went to see Deni last night - but I'll go back.

Miss Cow is a Cow said...

That depends. Today? Thinking about a plan a friend has for me. He must be crazy.

Michele sent me this time.

colleen said...

Great question, Carmi. My Asheville Potter son is in town for his brother's bachelor party. I got some great shots of he and my husband watching the World Cup. And then of my son under the black netting picking blueberries. After he picked enough to make himself near ill, he picked some for me. The whole scene of this 6ft 2" guy under the netting on his knees picking his favorite homegrown fruit made my heart smile!

Shan said...

You should go into your Blogger settings and publish your live feed, Carmi. For the convenience of a stranger who reads.

Suzanne said...

the giggles made by a little baby and the rustling sound pampers make when they toddle by you. I just love that sound.

Thumper said...

Chocolate. Or donuts. Or chocolate donuts.

Yep, that would make my heart smile first thing in the morning...

Here via Michele's today :)

rashbre said...

Ha. 'eats shoots and leaves' springs to mind.
rashbre

margalit said...

Wow, palm fronds. I dreamed about palm fronds last nght, because they used to be the schach with we lived in CA and now we have to use pine boughs. I liked the palm fronds better.

My heart smiles when my children are getting along, we're all having fun playing something like Yahtzee or Scrabble, and there's plenty of tasty snacks in the kitchen. I'm really easy to please, evidentally. Just a bit os Shalom Bayit and I'm a happy camper.

Cyndy said...

Hi from Michele.
What makes me smile from the heart is knowing that I am safe, healthy and able to provide for myself and thankful for that. Seeing my little furkids happy to wake up to another day and happy to see me.
Love the photo

Killired said...

when the boys sleep in!!!!!!!

another great pix carmi! love it!

vanx said...

Remembering the last one, which happened in 1991 or maybe '2.

Here from the Mich pit.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Here from Michele tonight, Carmi...
I've been writibf about my cats to poat tommorow---since they are a BIG part of my family and these last 10 or 12 posts have all been remembering and posting many things from my life...Thinking about these wondereful friends brings me warmth and peace, etc...Do come by and catch up on your reading and looking! (lol)

panthergirl said...

The New York Times Crossword puzzle. What can I say? I'm a geek that way.... ;)

Here via michele!!

Last Girl On Earth said...

Hey Carmi, thanks for the email. Good thing Michele sent me back over. Now I AM going to use this picture for my screensaver! Thanks. Hope you have a great week.

bobealia said...

Today I made homemade granola. It is yummy and special and it made the whole house smell wonderful.
The sunshine at about 7:30 am makes me smile. It shines through our bedroom window in the most beautiful way.
Happy Sunday to you.

utenzi said...

Michele sent me again, Carmi. This time as we competed for Barbie's attention. LOL

Another thing to make me smile is candy. I love candy and first thing in the morning is just as fine for me as last thing at night. Lately I've been working on the tiny butterfinger bars but I have some boxes of Sugar Babies that I'll get to soon. Sugar is so nice!

Canadian Mark said...

Here from Michele's this time around.

The way my cat walks his little drissage walk toward his can of stinky goodness in the morning.

margalit said...

Oh, and my daughter holding all that candy. That made me feel like a really good mother! :-)

Here from Michele

patricia said...

Waking up in our new home, seeing my husband's smiling (or snoring) face beside me, with out fat cats keeping us company.

srp said...

Here from Michele.
That would be easy. A hug and kiss and snuggle from my now 20 year old daughter. I hope she doesn't get too old to stop wanting them.

Shane said...

this image makes me homesick. it floods me with memories of home. i love palm trees and coconut trees