Monday, April 16, 2012

Nature is Gorgeous

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My apologies for the photo overload – this is only a small fraction of the images I took when hiking with friends in Ventura County, California on Saturday afternoon. We’d reached the top of the hill (mountain? Hill.) about an hour before sunset and simply enjoyed the scenery there for quite a while – my camera was pretty much attached to my face the entire time, and it was so cool to see the light change the colors of everything around me. I watched as things went from green to gold and then eventually faded to gray as the sun ducked behind the gorgeous hills at the horizon. It completely took my breath away.

The funny thing to me is that I’d lived in Southern California for years and years and never appreciated it’s beauty to this degree. Sure, I acknowledged I lived in a cool place…but did I ever thank God for surrounding me with such amazing things? No! I’m sad to say it took my leaving and living somewhere else to bring me to fully appreciate the gorgeousness my old home had to offer. It’s sad for me to think that there are others like me, blessed beyond measure and yet not even aware of it.

Look around you and count your blessings. There is beauty everywhere and it is amazing.

19 comments:

Jessie said...

these pictures are seriously so beautiful! that place almost looks too good to be true. soo pretty!

xo,
jessie

Purposely at Home said...

Oh my goodness!!! Those mountains are magnificient! Love.

xo
purposelyathome.blogspot.com

Sara Louise said...

These photos are spectacular! It would be impossible to hike around there and not appreciate all the beauty, it's magnificent :)

Lauren said...

Gorgeous photos lady!! :)

Carlie said...

California really is so beautiful and has amazing weather! I loved living there!

Kylie said...

Amazing photos. I'm so grateful for the beautiful place I live in, too.

Stephanie said...

BEAUTIFUL photos! What a lovely day!

Nikki @ The Ginger Diaries said...

Daryl, these photos are beyond amazing. You are so talented! I love evry single one of them :) In some, the backdrop looks almost as if it was painted! x

Lil' Bit and Nan said...

You have an amazing talent for capturing this beauty as well, don't forget to show yourself some credit. Is that Kasey & Jeremy in the background?

Alex Butts said...

Did you shoot with a filter? Is it editing?? Teach me!

Laura said...

These photos are amazing. And those hills (yes, hills) look so dreamy...I've never seen hills like that in person.

Danielle Noah said...

So majestic!

I lived in Southern California for 2 years and Northern California for 7 years and I too forgot its beauty.

When I was reading this post I was thinking... "Oh where did she travel to now?" It didn't cross my mind this may be my old home!

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Dani // andbubblegum.com

The Adventurer said...

Stop it right now. These are phen.om.en.al. In other news, I need to be there NOW. :)

ginanorma said...

cali has some incredible mountain side and country side, insanely gorgeous, ...your photography skills are MAD crazy good!!! LOVE these shots so so much!!!

Alyx said...

AMEN on nature bein' gorgeous and awesome and stuff!

Anide said...

I desperately want to be there now! Such beautiful pictures. Very whimsical. Love it.

Valerie said...

Absolutely stunning pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Mariel Torres said...

These pictures seriously left me breathless... so much beauty! I would do anything to find myself there right now :)

Sarah Tucker said...

soooo gorgeous!!

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