“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” –Aristotle
Last week, I downloaded hundreds of pictures that have been on my camera far, far too long. As I relished those past moments, I noticed something: I found myself repeatedly drawn to what was going on in the background. The messy, cluttered, not-so-pretty background. For the past few years, I’ve been working to learn how to capture exactly the opposite of that. I’ve wanted to learn how to capture those beautifully focused objects with soft, blurry backgrounds. We live in an age of perfection. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest…they’re filled with perfectly curated, cropped, and carefully captured images.
For me, it’s easy to forget that isn’t real life. Please don’t mistake me-I have tremendous admiration for those photographers skilled enough to capture those kinds of images. But going through a year’s worth of my family’s moments and milestones helped me to remember. Those seemingly insignificant details, for me, are often where I find the real story. All the messes and cat tails, and photo-bombing brothers: they take me to an exact place and a time. To a real memory I want to hold on to. So that’s why this week, before I show you the staged and cropped pictures I want to share the real story. Because sometimes when we work really hard to get that perfect picture, we miss out on the real beauty that’s happening. These are the pictures I want to remember most.
This week in my garden, the pinks and purples are going crazy. These little vases have been such a quick, easy way for me to bring beauty in. If you can get your hands on any kind of small vintage glass vase, do it! Most of mine have been dug up around our place (the benefits of living in an 89 year old house) and some are thrift store finds. Many weeks, I just fill them all with a single stem of one type of flower. This week, with so much variety blooming I picked a little of this and a little of that and ended up with this sweet little compilation…
So, what’s blooming in your part of the Pacific Northwest? How will you bring beauty in this week?
If you’d like to join in, pick something outside: a bloom from your garden, a fern, a beautiful blade of grass, a handful of roadside daisies. Or perhaps it’s not even a stem that you find…perhaps it’s a rock or a shell or that twig that your little one collected for you. Now bring it in. Choose a special place to set it, a place where you need to be reminded to let go of perfection and savor the beautiful moments that are happening right now. Now pause and enjoy it. Then repeat again and again. If you’re inspired to share, I’d love to see how you’re bringing beauty into your home and your days. Snap a picture, add the hashtag #bringingbeautyin and share below or on Instagram.
Wishing you many beautiful moments this day,