Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity
“Embrace the magical gift of serenity in your daily life. ”
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I especially appreciate Cheri’s photo challenge, serenity, after the week of turmoil overseas. We are fortunate to be able to break away from the chaos and let nature bring us peace. Here on Kiawah the landscapes around every corner beckon us when we are seeking quiet and calm.
“Serenity is found when wading into it.”
Water is an element that has drawn mankind since time immemorial. Obviously, as an island Kiawah offers amazing ocean views, many of which I’ve posted these last two years. But just as beautiful, in my opinion, are our amazing river and marsh vistas. Unlike the ocean, our marshes change with the seasons. Above, a favorite capture of autumn marsh grasses graced by a beautiful live oak fronting the Kiawah River.
“For serenity, always prefer the cottage to the palace.”
Mehmet Murat Ildan
A bonus here on Kiawah, beyond our amazing natural resources, are some of the man-made elements developed to enhance our golf courses. With a particular focus on environmentally-responsible development, the lagoons have become a haven for all kinds of wildlife. Alligators, birds, deer, raccoons, fish, even river otters share the bounty of these calm, protected waters.
“The serenity of the Gods cannot be achieved by the sword.”
There are times when weather can contribute to our sense of peace and calm. In the capture above, the contrast between the verdant green of the grasses, the purity of the egrets’ snowy-white wings, and the deep blues of the approaching storm clouds combine to create a world of wonder. Often as I drive by vistas like this one, I pull my car to the side of the road and simply observe as nature puts on her incredible show.
“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.”
Finally, ours was a very wet week here on Kiawah, in fact Friday was the first sun we’ve seen in many days. But it rains so infrequently here that when it does happen many of us feel it’s the perfect opportunity to do some reading, clean out closets, listen to music…. you get the idea 😄 ; and of course we remind ourselves that we’d much rather have a bit of rain than fight the ice and snow that so often blankets the midwest and the north.
How about you? Where do you go or what do you do when you are seeking serenity? To share in the serenity of some other bloggers, click here.