My husband bought me this blue butterfly necklace because of my love for the blue butterfly at the butterfly rainforest at University of Florida Museum. He then bought me a camera and took me back to the butterfly rainforest because he said if I was going to be mindful and take photos of the things that bring me joy, he wanted me to have a proper camera to do it with. He’s pretty thoughtful isn’t he. I sure enough went with my new camera and finally have a beautiful picture of the blue butterfly.
So I’ve been taking photographs with my new camera and what is so neat is that looking through the eye and seeing something zoomed in, I can really be so absorbed in the moment that I don’t notice anything going on around me at all.
My husband went to the prairie with me tonight and was watching me take photographs and saw the depth of mindfulness I can go to when really in that moment. It was pretty neat to share my joy with someone. I told him that had he not been there to see the sky, no one would believe that I did not alter the pictures. It was beautiful.
We went to the prairie because we had, prior to that, gone for a walk, and been caught in the rain. It was quite the experience as a limb fell behind me in my wheelchair and hit the ground from a massive live oak and I said, “I’m glad that didn’t hit me!,” MUCH to our surprise a few moments after came the squirrel falling that must have been ON the branch. He landed right on the road from so high up. Was totally fine!!!!!
As I was going full speed home in the rain, I saw the sky was already starting to clear and the sun was setting so I asked him to drive in the car with me in hopes of a rainbow. Soaking wet we went.
It has been a difficult number of days. My memory has been off again and I cannot recall names or dates. I posted wordless wednesday thinking it may even be tuesday but it was THURSDAY! Fortunately, no one even mentioned it. You guys are so nice!!!
Anyway, after he bought me the camera, I charged it on the left of the refrigerator. But every morning I eat a waffle and I go to put it in the toaster to the LEFT of the refrigerator and all that is there is my camera.
Well for 14 years the toaster was where my camera is now. The toaster got moved. Muscle memory is taking me to the left of the fridge to toast my waffle and YET my brain cannot recall my neighbor’s name. I fascinate myself I truly do. My brain, all of my conditions, are so complex. When I allow myself to live in a beautiful moment though, none of that matters.
Here are tonight’s pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did in that moment. All of the photos were taken in one hour. The sky changed THAT much in one hour. Truly a gift. The most treasured gifts cannot be measured.