"I am not alone if I stand by myself . . . What do we want most to dwell near to? Not to many people surely, the depot, the post-office, the bar-room, the meeting-house, the school-house, the grocery, where people most congregate, but to the perennial source of our life, from whence in all our experience we have found that our life issues, as the willow stands near the water and sends out its roots in that direction. This will vary with different natures, but this is the place where a wise man will dig his cellar."
Henry David Thoreau
Yesterday morning I went out to Watson Lake - about three miles from my house - since I figured a storm would be arriving in the afternoon (which it did). It was SO beautiful out there by the lake! A few other people were there as well: a one-armed veteran jogger who remarked on the abundance of Canada geese, a fisherman pointing out the bald eagle circling the lake, and a woman who excitedly got out her camera when she saw me shooting the vibrant Fall foliage. I find that the Great Outdoors so often brings out the best in people, much more so than life in town ever does. When we're focusing on the beauty of the landscape rather than on ourselves, ALL of us tend to be in a great mood!
Photos: Oak leaf, Willows and Cottonwoods at Watson Lake near Bellvue, CO, November 4, 2015. A cold front and rain arrived two hours after I took these shots.
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.