Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Best Medicine

I don't need to pop a pill or drink alcohol or smoke "whatever" to calm my nerves. (Although I certainly don't condemn or judge anyone who does. And I occasionally partake in 1 or 2 of these things if I so desire.) No, all I need is my camera in my hand and God's creation surrounding me. Though I've always loved the outdoors, it took me YEARS to figure out how calming communing with nature can be. It's my favorite way to de-stress and get my thoughts in order. I'm a nature nerd, what can I say! When I was a geeky teenager I wish that I had embraced my nerdness instead of trying to run with the cool crowd, driving my mother around the bend. Self-acceptance is the most awesome thing about being older and wiser. Ooops, I almost typed wider. Yeah, I'm a little wider, too. And I don't care. ;) Happy Monday everyone!


I love the curled proboscis. One of these days I'm going to get the perfect shot of it!

Frames courtesy of Steve Rich. Love these!



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38 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

these are great, gail. :) love the skippers.

you made me laugh with the 'wider'. and i think laughter is the best medicine, too. :)

Hilda R.B said...

Beautiful photos!
From Hilda

Stewart M said...

Great pictures of the butterflies - I hope to be able to get some pictures soon.

I think a word word needs to be invented for the sort of typo where you type the wrong word, but it contains more truth than the one you planned to type!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Gorgeous photos, specially the first Gail. your words make me chuckle, love your sense of humour and I also totally understand the destress which photograpahy gives, even in one's own backyard.

Amy Burzese said...

Great shots. I am right with you. Especially the "wider".

Betty Manousos said...

wow, your photography is truly stunning!
it's really hard to pick a favourite.

happy monday~

Justine said...

beautiful beautiful shots, hope all is well

Linda said...

The butterfly photos are beautiful, and the frames and captions are a nice touch. That last photo, though, just has a certain eye-pleasingness that captivates me.

Danielle said...

Loved your Freudian slip with "wiser" and "wider" ;) very cute. I agree.....grabbing my camera really helps me get outside of myself.

Barbara Shallue said...

It has the same affect on me and these are beautiful. (I, too, didn't embrace my inner geek until I was older!)

Terri Buster said...

Lovely colors- nature always puts my senses back in proper order!

hootnonny said...

I needed these pics this morning! It's rainy and cold here, so these just brightened my world! Love hearing about you when you were a wild thang!

Have a great week!

ladyfi said...

Nature is my medicine too. These shots are fabulous!

Renae said...

I didn't know Van Gogh said that. Yes, warm and cuddly ensembles are so comfy looking. Yes, that little gal was so serious about picking up those petals. hahahaha.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Beautiful - nice to see so much color on a gray and rainy day here.

Phil said...

Gail, Your last sentence made me laugh so much I didn't concentrate on your photos so had to back for more. The last shot is extra special with the flowers all in focus but the background so blurred. Don't worry about getting a little wider it might just be that your shrinking a liitle bit from the top down.

Evelyn S. said...

I wonder how I missed this post in my sidebar! Wonderful, wonderful color ...and I love Steve Rich's frames, too! I feel the same as you about being out in nature, but I'm finding that I need some new places to walk.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wise words Gail -- your own as wonderful as the more famous author's quotes. And as always your pictures are sheer perfection. (And I'm going outside to play now!)

beyondzephyr.com said...

All fantastic shot, and I love this type of skipper. It's so pretty..and yes, nature sooth my soul too.

Ana Eugénio said...

we can feel your peace through your photography. what a beauty set. today I wrote about my illness. wishing you a beautiful day :) xxo

Patrice said...

My yard is FULL of skippers right now - Nature is the best medicine...

missing moments said...

Your images are so perfect!

Annmarie Pipa said...

beautiful photos!!!

April said...

These are so beautiful Gail. Awesome photos. I can tell how much you love nature through these beautiful images.

Dave said...

I enjoyed all of your photos Gail, but specially the framed coloured ones. They really make your photos stand out. Liked the quotes too - Dave

Chris said...

Thanks for sharing some stunning photos that do indeed reflect the majesty of God.

:)

Starla said...

Ahhhhh! It is refreshing to look at your photos! Sometimes looking at nature has to be the calmness when one has no time to BE in nature!

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot said...

I am in awe of your photos. Thanks for stopping by my place too.

Ana Eugénio said...

I never get tired of your flowers and butterflies :) xxo

Buttons said...

Oh I love everything about this post the wonderful amazing photos and the quotes. I am so relaxed now. Thank you I have found it hard to get to our bush these days. You made me very happy. B

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Lovely and soothing for all to see, Gail. Love skippers.

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

nature is the best medicine! Thanks for sharing at Your Sunday Best.

Tricia Hays said...

pretty pretty oh so very pretty & colorful & crisp & clear! lovin em all =)

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Beautiful photographs! Thanks for sharing them.

Madge Bloom said...

Thank you SO much for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #51… I’m sorry that I am very late coming by to visit your entry. But I have been fighting being sick all week, trying to fend off a virus and haven’t been doing much besides working and sleeping.. I do hope you’ll forgive me and come by tomorrow to share on Weekly Top Shot’s 1st Anniversary!

Michelle said...

I know exactly what you mean. No matter how busy life gets, I promised myself to carve out a few minutes a day outdoors with my camera. It's the best kind of medicine that makes everything better. Beautiful photos.

-I'm a little older and "wider," too. ;)

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