“Beautiful”

This was the view from my backyard the other morning just after sunrise.  I witnessed this beauty and also immediately thought of the lyrics of the below song.  The words are beyond a blessing for each new day; they are a blessing for each individual in humanity.  Thank you, Carole King.

“You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel

Waiting at the station with a workday wind a-blowing
I’ve got nothing to do but watch the passers-by
Mirrored in their faces I see frustration growing
And they don’t see it showing, why do I?

You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel

I have often asked myself the reason for sadness
In a world where tears are just a lullaby
If there’s any answer, maybe love can end the madness
Maybe not, oh, but we can only try

You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel”

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“Tundra Snowscape”

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I actually photographed these images in late August at sunrise in the Tundra at Rocky Mountain National Park.  It had snowed the night before – the roads were icy – and it was very, very cold and windy.  I barely was able to open the car door when I reached the top of Trail Ridge Road.  At over 12,000 feet high, within minutes, I could barely move my fingers to hold my camera and photograph even though I was wearing gloves and multiple layers of clothing.  It was another experience that reminded me to behold the beauty around me and, at the same time, to respect the environment.

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