Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Beauty in my Backyard.....

©2010 Dianne Poinski

A short post this week.........

Here in the U.S. we will celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday. While I try to practice gratitude everyday, it helps to have this annual reminder to slow down and reflect on how lucky I am.

Besides my friends and family, high on my current gratitude list has to be the beauty of this autumn season. For some reason the fall colors seem deeper and brighter this year and I have paused more than once to take it all in.

This image* here was shot in my backyard a couple of weeks ago. I happened to look out and notice how this bench, with all it's strength and texture, appeared to be floating in a pool of leaves. This was a perfect example of the season slowing me down to notice simple compositions and beauty (right in my backyard!)

Slowing down is what I yearn for right now. Unfortunately, this week also feels like the collective deep breath before the frantic pace of the "main" holiday begins. How I wish Thanksgiving could be our "main" holiday. Oh well.....

So wherever you are, no matter what season you are in, take a moment to be still and notice how the light is falling on the trees, or the rainbow of colors that appear in the clouds, or even how delicious that turkey is!

I would love to carry this awareness into December, but for now I will enjoy, give thanks and be present. Sounds so simple ....................breathe.........

P.S. Also high on my gratitude list are the people who take the time to read my blog. Of course I love the comments and emails I receive, but I also appreciate just knowing you are all out there. Thank you!

*Image info: Original hand-colored black and white pigment print. Hand-colored with PanPastels and pastel pencils.


  1. Thank you for being you Dianne.

  2. I do enjoy reading what you write as well as the beauty of your photography and munipulation thereof. As God gives us gifts of everyday sites and breath so he gives us talented people such as yourself. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing!

  3. Thank you Cindi and Sandy! Your kind words mean so much....Have a great week!

  4. Dianne,

    What a gorgeous photo of your bench. I've been thinking the same thing--how the fall colors are so intense in the Central Valley this year. As I drove down Stockton Blvd. this p.m., I watched all the trees swaying in their yellow gold foliage--the movement of the wind making them seem pixilated. I agree-I love those moments when I and the world slow down...

  5. Thank you Hannah! Happy to hear you were out there too, enjoying the colors. I don't think the leaves will be on the trees very much longer, which is why it's important we notice them today!

  6. Hi Dianne,

    The last leaves with a shot of color on the bench are lovely.

    I'm thankful for your insightful blog - have a wonderful thanksgiving!