Abandoned Building at Sunset

There is an old abandoned building close to my house. At one time it was part of a business, but now it sits at the edge of a field, empty and mostly forgotten.

For some reason, I love stopping to look at it when walking near our home. I was out one day at sunset and looked over at the building in the soft, golden glow of the setting sun. I thought it looked beautiful sitting there by the plowed fields, slightly run down and a memory of better years of the farming community nearby

abandoned farm building in the golden glow of the setting sun

It's interesting to stop and look at this forgotten and falling down building and see the beauty in it. Take time to stop in your daily life to look at things differently and notice the natural beauty in the world around you.

Water Lilies at Monet Lake

One of my favorite painters is Claude Monet. The tones and colors the he used in his paintings seem to speak to me. His soft and somewhat hazy Impressionist paintings have touched my heart and imagination for years. I believe my favorite is "The Waterlily Pond With The Japanese Bridge".
Water lilies at Monet Lake thanksgiving point ashton gardens

When visiting the Thanksgiving Point Ashton Gardens a few years ago, I was so pleased to find a section of the gardens called Monet Lake that was full of these simple and beautiful water lilies. I was able to walk along the pond and experience a peaceful time while enjoying nature.
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