Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. — Henry David Thoreau
I love this quote … although its direct sentiment has gotten a little muddled in our modern culture. Today, in February, in Missouri, I bought fresh strawberries — and tomorrow I can enjoy them for my breakfast with fresh squeezed orange juice. We live in a world where you can confound nature’s laws and manipulate just about everything — including your appearance and the appearance of the world around you. But, if you spend some time with it, you’ll realize Thoreau was really on to something with the notion of enjoying for the sheer sake of the beauty and bounty around you — especially the beauty that hasn’t been Photoshopped and the bounty not grown in a hot house.
The photo here is one close to my heart — it features one of my favorite little horses, Freckles and one of my favorite people, Ian and it was taken on my ranch. The image was shot (on film) about 10 or 11 years ago. Both Freckles and Ian have moved on to new seasons in their lives — Freckles is now a senior horse enjoying her golden years out to pasture and Ian is the very busy father of two little ones.
Oh, and the beauty here is as I saw it on that day — the image has not been altered from the original photograph, just scanned.