April 20, 2010

Grateful

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Magnolia soulangiana

First the photo...this is a lovely old Magnolia at my fathers house. It really has no comparison, not that I've seen anyway. I can not remember a time that it wasn't this huge friend waiting in the side yard. It was my favorite hiding spot to read as a kid, a great climbing tree, and a solid friend to whisper secrets to when things weren't going good.

I'm very disappointed in the photo though...a bad in camera crop. And due to the ankle injury I neglected to back up and use that wide angle lens to get a shot of the whole tree. Oh well hopefully next year I can get a shot of the whole tree in all it's glory.

Second. The ankle injury has really made me take the time to really think about what I want out of life. In other words....having to slow down has been a good thing. A time to reflect on where I'm at. Where I want to be. And how to get there from here.

Bottom line...I want to spend more time doing the things that excite me and that I'm passionate about. I want more time to spend with people I love and the people that are positive and living life to the fullest.

Again...the question how to get there from here?

What excites you? What are you passionate about? And what are you doing to bring these things/people to the forefront of your life?

21 comments:

Firefly said...

There is nothing wrong with the crop. I love the photo.

I would really like to travel more and thus be able to take more pics of things and places. Travel and photography are two of my biggest passions and I would love to be able to combine the two and do more of it. I would love to be a professional travel and nature photographer and be able to write for travel magazines on the side. I can't do that where I work at the moment and would like to start my own business, but at this stage my wife is very wary of me going on my own again. So I need to get all my ducks in a row before embarking on something new.

Claudia's thoughts said...

That is a beautiful picture...I have to agree there is nothing wrong with the crop.

I have never seen a pink magnolia, I always thought they were white. But, then again, I was not a Botany major.

Rising Rainbow said...

The magnolias are beautiful.

For me, it's all about Arabian horses. I live,eat, breathe them. Right now the economy sucks and makes pursuing the dream more difficult but I'll find some way to get through. My life has been so much more fulfilled since I began down this road.

Far Side of Fifty said...

That Magnolia is beautiful!! It is nice that it is your special tree!
So you have been doing some pondering..I think we all need to re evaluate every once in awhile..to redesign our goals and our bucket list.
I am happy just waking up on the right side of the grass..to greet my hubby and Chance. Of course it is Spring..and I live to take photos of wildflowers..and flowers and sunsets..and wildlife..and my grands..I would like to do some traveling..and we will probably do that one of these days. I am not in any big hurry:)

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Tami, I think the photo is gorgeous! It took my breath away, to be honest. I can't imagine having a place like that to go read as a child. Wow. I'm so envious!

Yes, I want to make good use of the time I have left, too. I have seen too many people my age (40s) die. Like you, I'm searching out the options, and feeling like the time is now, or soon. Quiet can indeed be very fruitful. Glad you are seeing that and making good use of your reflective chances.

April said...

I like the photo, very crisp. Detailed enough to remind me how velvety the petals feel. Midlife has introduced me to the same reflections that you have discovered. I've always been creative, but have always pushed it back as a hobby, not a valuable part of the day for myself and others I share with. Midlife has brought me to reveal the creative person that I've always kept locked in the sewing room. I am grateful however that midlife did not discover myself on a barstool in leopard skin tights, ruby red lipstick and a toothbrush in my purse.

Jami Scull said...

Love all your new pictures! And Believe it or not I am finally getting this blog thing just updated mine and while doing that found all your comments now I just got to figure out where they just went. LOL!! As far as your question I heard this the other day and I just love it "Do your best and God will do the rest!" That's what I tell myself everyday!! Love ya!!

Tami said...

First the photo....

I 'think' that I would have liked the focused flower to be a little bit lower in the picture. Just about a 1/2" when viewed at this size.

and....

a little fill flash for the shadows...maybe????

Tami said...

Firefly....

I think that is a lovely goal to work towards...I always enjoy seeing your world through your lens.

Certainly I think that any spouse would be anxious of such a potential life altering change as you going out into your own business. I know that my husband and I are talking about what we want different in our lives...and it's certainly been eye opening.

(and somewhat unnerving...)

Tami said...

Rainbow....I'm also going to be aiming to spend more time w/my horse and other horses as well.

I look forward to learning more about your horses!

Tami said...

Far Side..... that was lovely!

Tami said...

Roxane...these last couple of weeks are going to impact my life in big ways. I'm thankful for the opportunity that I've had!

and yes the tree is/was a special magical place .... a world of fairytale's really.

Tami said...

April...

I am grateful however that midlife did not discover myself on a barstool in leopard skin tights, ruby red lipstick and a toothbrush in my purse.

LOL!!!!! I too am grateful that this has not been my path.

Tami said...

Hi Jami!

Thanks! I love that quote too! Blog comments come and go....it's scary sometimes...they probable are hiding out w/all the socks that dryer eat.

CTG Ponies said...

I like the photo. I think that magnolias are magnificent. I've gotten to the point in my life that drama is just not worth it. Relationships need to be mutally beneficial, not me doing all the giving. I want to spend as much time with my daughter as I can and make her childhood as awesome as I can. Life is short - my mom passed away from cancer at age 63 5 years ago in July. If that taught me anything it taught me to live every day to its fullest and not sweat the small stuff.

Willow Witch said...

I love the photo, too!

It's easier to think about life and where you want it to go when you have slowed down a bit or when its gone so horribly wrong you have no choice but to face it... Me, I am still waiting for the smoke to clear, when I can see the path's in front of me, Ill choose.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I think the photo is positively lovely despite your misgivings. Thanks for sharing!

Train Wreck said...

Oh if only I could smeel it~! What a gorgeous picture and wonderful description. I am glad to be able to visit. I miss all of you here in the blog neighborhood:)

Da Vinci Pictures said...

I really like your photography! You have a wonderful eye. I love your 'Snow Angel' horse photo - so sweet. Thanks for following me on Twitter as well. All this new social media...well, new to me, is hard to keep up with. lol

Window On The Prairie said...

Lovely magnolia. Unfortunately we are too far north here in KS to be able to grow them. Thank you for sharing.
Suzanne

CTG Ponies said...

I like the photo. I really conveys the beauty of the bloom, more so than a shot of the whole tree.

I getting to the same point in my life. I have no room for negativity and relationships need to be mutually beneficial. I feel like someone upstairs is hitting me over the head and telling me that we need to slow down and simplify.