Another adventure in hiking……
My favorite tree on my parents’ property, and probably one of my favorite trees in general, is the weeping cherry:
I love the weeping trees in general. If I could be married under a weeping willow, I would do it. What a romantic tree the weeping willow is, even if its name sounds so sad and melancholy.
Today, I just really loved the way the light played through all of the weeping cherry blossoms:
May you experience light today!
After a while, winter begins to wear me down with its constant grey skies, freezing temperatures, and cold and flu season. My family often takes this opportunity to reflect on the warmth and sunshine of our previous summer vacation.
Lately, when I become so cold I cannot warm up, I remember the Badlands. It was 102 degrees when we were there last summer, though we also experienced ping-pong ball sized hail and a torrential downpour, all within three hours of one another. We had a blast. If you’ve never been there, the Badlands feel like the desert, only far more beautiful. The caverns and small canyons are filled with stunning color and the lighting is just incredible. Be warned: the temperature can become stifling, and there is nowhere to find respite from the sun. However, once winter returns with its frigid embrace, you’ll be thankful to have experienced such warmth.
Before moving into their “full-time” mission work, Team Paraguay is visiting one of the world’s natural wonders: Iguazu Falls. Larger than Niagara Falls, Iguazu is a massive semi-circle of 275 cascading falls! This will be their one respite during their trip; a stunning reminder that in the big scheme of life, each one of us is incredibly small. As a photographer and lover of nature (waterfalls being a particular favorite), I am quite jealous of my little sister and her team, but this is the experience of a lifetime, and I am happy she will get to experience this before beginning her work.
Just how gorgeous is this place? See for yourself: